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Crayfish Accelerator

Capital and support dedicated to helping UK businesses get ‘China-ready’

China is the world’s second largest economy and an important market for any global businesses. Even if you are a small player, it’s important to think big and have a China strategy in place. In the meantime, China can be a difficult market to crack and even more so for start-ups, which is why the Crayfish Accelerator programme is here - providing a crucial combination of money and hand-holding to you: a strategic Chinese investor to fund your market entry and all the necessary training, business expertise and service delivery capabilities to facilitate it.

What is Crayfish Accelerator Programme?

The six-month programme, which is split into a three-month “China-Invest-Ready” phase and three-month fundraising period. The start-ups also have an opportunity to pitch to a hand-picked audience of Chinese investors for further investments at a special demo day organised by Read here for the press coverage of the Crayfish Accelerator Programme launch event. 

What do you get from Crayfish Accelerator Programme ?

  • Seed capital for a small equity stake
  • Packaged services* and training provided by
  • Strategic advice and mentoring
  • China-themed workshops and webinars
  • Introduction to connections in the China-UK network
* The services will be paid out of the investment secured from the Anchor Investor in the Crayfish Accelerator Programme.

What services will be included in the package?

The Accelerator package include a range of essential services needed for the China market entry, including business plan validation, market insights, culture training, and other tailored business support. Successful start-ups will have the opportunity to pick and mix the services to suit their needs.

Who can apply?

Successful start-ups must have a minimum viable product (MVP), be tech with IP and working within the sector focus, which is initially covering medical devices, advanced manufacturing, new materials, Internet of Things (IoT) and semiconductor*. You also need to have an interest in doing business with China within a medium term of 18 months.

* The sector focus reflect our current Anchor Investors. We are expanding the sectors as more investors join the programme.

How to apply?

To apply, please send your application to with an outline of your business plan. We will then get back to you with an appointment for a meeting with one of our mentors. The Crayfish Accelerator’s Terms and Conditions will be provided for your agreement prior to the application being processed.


Featured mentors

Ting Zhang
CEO and Founder,
Dr. Cao Jian
Partner, UK China Enterprise Fund
Linda Jiang
Advisor, Baidu Ventures
Jia Qiang Wang
Angel and VC Tech Investor
Yi Nan Zhu
Principal, My Inhouse Lawyer
Jiao Li
David Percival MBE
Managing Director, International Business Development at Deloitte
Zhi Peng
Advisor, Zhongguancun Science City of Beijing
Dr. Peter Poon MBE
Founder & President, Romax Technology
Martin Bloom
CEO, Emblem ventures
Qun Yang
COO, Biorbyt
Sylvia Lu FRSA
UK5G Advisory Board Member
Dr Jiansheng Du
Specialist, Life Sciences Organisation, DIT
David Chen
Director, OFD Company Limited
Chrix Zhong
Investment Manager, DBI
Haiyan Zhang
Technology Transfer Director, National Science Park of Fudan University

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