F50 Connect 2018-03-04T21:18:51+00:00

F50 Connect 2017 is an upgraded three-month program for an exclusive group of growing and late stage Founders/CEOs of U.S. companies and Partners of VC funds to connect with global investors and partners in the ecosystem. The first session is a full-day intensive workshop hosted on September 20th in Palo Alto.

F50’s network of experienced investors, corporations and other cross-border and go-to-market specialists will be able to give Founders/CEOs the information and mentorship needed to assist them to set a clear global capital strategy.

Founders accepted into the program will:

    Participate in all of the workshops and private gatherings
    Participate in the F50 Global Capital Summit this September 20-21: http://f50.io/gcs, during the private industry insiders session held on September 20th, with the opportunity to present
    Be invited to join on a future trip to major innovation and investment centers in China (Late 2017)

Please note this is a paid program ($2,500 for the basic package) to cover training fees, etc. By participating in F50 Connect, founders will learn across multiple workshops about the opportunities and best strategic partnership strategies in China and how to work with Chinese investors, corporate partners and buyers.

The Global Investment Ecosystem

Global Capital: Understanding its Motivation

Global Market Growth: The Strategy

Legal and Financial Constraints

Strategic partnerships

Preparing for a Global Exit


The F50 Connect Program has multiple content areas:
– Intensive workshops
– Networking receptions
– Thought leader talks
– Private demos & feedback
– Mentoring / advising sessions
– China trip (Optional for this program)


F50 Connect’s workshops are designed to teach founders how to successfully leverage global capital and global market partnerships.

Each workshop day is designed around two 90 minute themes. In total, our workshops plan to cover these content areas:

Please note this is a paid program ($2,500 for the basic package) to cover training fees, etc.

Workshop A – September 20th
• Engaging with Strategic Capital [90 minute panel session/3-4 mentors per panel] • Partnering for Success in Developing your Global Go-To-Market Strategy [90 minute panel session/3-4 mentors per panel]

Workshop B – October 19th (tentative)
• Agenda to be finalized by end of September

Workshop C – Early December
• Agenda to be finalized by end of September

Mentors for each workshop will be selectively chosen from our confirmed list of Global Capital Summit speakers. These speakers include high-level representatives from Greylock Partners, Canaan Partners, Venrock, Mayfield, Crunchbase, 1955 Capital, GSR Ventures, ABB Tech Ventures, VentureBeat, Forbes, PingWest, Baidu, Foundation Capital, China Asset Management, and more. Workshop talking points include:

The Global Investment Ecosystem

Global Capital: Understanding its Structure
• VC & strategic partners
• Corporate VC
• Differentiating types of investors
• Raising global capital

Global Market Growth: The Strategy
• Managing across different business cultures and geographies
• Pre-launch due diligence
• Branch office operations

Legal and Financial Constraints
• Regulatory constraints, GFW
• RMB VS. $

Strategic Partnerships
• Creating JV’s with international partners
• Best Practices
• Case studies

Preparing for a Global Exit – What to Expect


Guest qualification:
• Founders, CEOs, Cofounders, CFO
• Raised $5M – $100M


In our previous F50 Connect programs, we brought an exclusive group of CEOs to Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Beijing and connected them with public company executives from top corporations and to private investors, as well as the national media in China., public company executives, and top industry fund managers. They also held private meetings with executives at Baidu, XiaoMi, Alibaba and CR Group, a top SOE in China, among many others.

F50 has supported several corporations to engage with top opportunities in SIlicon Valley:

CEO of Fosun Group (China’s largest private conglomerate, $180B AUM) – Building partnerships and relationships with top funds & CEOs in Silicon Valley
CIO of China Investment Corporation (China’s sovereign wealth fund) – Building partnerships in Silicon Valley and participating in F50 Global Capital Summit
CEO of China Universal (China’s largest mutual fund) – Connecting with top fund managers and strategics in healthcare and for M&A
CEO of Cheetah Mobile – Connecting with leading-edge AI companies
CEO of E-House Capital – Discovering high quality equity investments for Pre-IPO companies
• SAIC Capital, Xiaomi, Baidu, Lenovo, Chengwei Capital, DeBang Securities, Alibaba, China Equity Group, TusPark Ventures, Legend Capital, and many more



Through the events, networks, panels, and on-site visits set up by F50, I made many important investment and business contacts – some of the best in our area. In addition, I learnt a lot about the business climate and opportunities in China. The personalized attention given by the F50 team and the various cultural and social aspects of the visit made it all-in-all a really enjoyable experience. I highly recommend it to anyone considering a similar trip with the F50 team.
Uma Jayaram, Co-Founder and COO, VOKE
The F50 roadshow was a fantastic experience. We presented at a number of high-quality investor events and I came back with several offers of investment. The team really looked after us and helped with introductions and translation. I was unsure beforehand how useful the trip would be, but it has had a huge and very positive effect on my business.
Dave Ranyard, CEO, Dream Reality Interactive