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Recap 2020 with us at ‘Hello World 2020 — In Retrospect: A New Era for Global Businesses’

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‘Hello World 2020 — In Retrospect: A New Era for Global Businesses’ recaps the key business and tech developments of 2020 and discusses how to navigate the uncertainty ahead.

2020 has indeed been a year of change and challenge. Unprecedented global events have prompted countless questions of what should we expect next and how should we move forward — not just for businesses and technological advancement, but for society as a whole. In order to build a more resilient future, we believe it is necessary to recap the key developments of 2020 and discuss how we can navigate the uncertain road ahead.

Join us on 15 and 16 December for ‘Hello World 2020 — In Retrospect: A New Era for Global Businesses’, organised by 36Kr Global, to reflect on the highs and lows of 2020 and hear from our distinguished speakers on what 2021 could look like. Save your seat now and stay tuned for more information!

This event has 4 different segments and each segment covers a different theme:

  1. Global Business in 2020: Taking Stock 

Opportunities for the 10 years ahead

History repeats itself, and the rise and fall of organizations can be predicted by taking a broad view of historical patterns. Our guests will cover what they believe to be the key changes in the world over the past ten years, covering especially the implications of China’s economic rise. They will tap on their depth of experience to share some insights into China’s growth in the upcoming ten years, with a focus on its relationship with the rest of the world. Our guests will also look at emerging new technologies and how this will affect society’s blueprint going forward.

Looking back at 2020

Enough has been said about 2020 being an unusual year. COVID-19 has surfaced plenty of problematic social contradictions and generated conflict in both the business and geopolitical world. But this is not all gloom and doom, as conflict can generate opportunities for resolutions that can help society progress rapidly forward. As we look to usher in the third decade of the 21st century, what can we learn from the past year?

Turbulent global secondary markets

Over the past year, global capital markets have undergone significant upheaval. A slew of large Chinese companies has chosen to delist from foreign markets and head back to Hong Kong for secondary listings. The question is whether this will generate sustainable new opportunities for the secondary markets going forward. But aside from China, unicorns from Southeast Asia and South Asia are blazing a trail forward this year with unprecedented haste. Will the unicorns of these emerging markets become the new darlings of global capital markets? And how will international politics affect the fundamentals of the global economy?

Global investment insights

With the rise of populism and protectionism along national lines, investors are going to have to make some hard choices. How will investors choose to deploy their capital, and what advice can seasoned investors give to entrepreneurs and companies in these troubling times? Two special guests from the investment industry will share their thoughts on Chinese venture capital and companies looking to expand overseas.

Globalization through stormy waters

For Chinese companies looking to expand, going overseas is a must. But this comes with huge amounts of risks, and in the face of unprecedented challenges amid the “new normal”, how can companies turn these challenges into opportunities and refine their strategic direction? From product launching to brand localization, what experiences have established Chinese companies learned when seeking growth overseas? And in the face of an increasingly complex future, how can companies develop organizational capabilities to ensure adaptability and agility?

  1. Venture Capital in Emerging Markets

The Asia-Pacific

The APAC region is becoming the global economy’s next growth engine, especially following the signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement, which will deepen economic and trade ties in the region. How should Asian companies make use of their networks to expand globally and maintain steady growth? In a rapidly changing business environment, how can companies make decisions swiftly? Also, how should Asian companies view the relationship between technological and business development?

Entrepreneurship in practice

What does entrepreneurship mean? Some might see it as a fast path to wealth, while others might view it as a decision to bring positive change to an imperfect world. We consider the relationship between profit maximization and social values when discussing entrepreneurship in practice in overseas markets.

Investing in emerging markets

As the internet industry grows, new opportunities emerge. Regional disparities in technological development make it possible to compare each region’s growth curves. Where and how should capital enter emerging markets? What challenges do investors face when competing for blue oceans in hotly contested geographies.

  1. Globalisation of Chinese Enterprises 

B2B companies head overseas

Although China’s most prominent companies started out as business-to-business (B2B) firms, they are stepping into the spotlight and leaping on economic growth to ply their trade. Three companies will share their insights on developing business models, product design, and technology when landing in new markets.

B2C companies head overseas

Chinese business-to-consumer (B2C) companies need to learn how to retain their domestic advantages as they localize for different cultures to win over local consumers and attain success.

Supporting companies go global

Overseas expansion is a methodical, systematic process. For any company venturing into foreign markets, their supply chain, marketing network, service system and technical framework behind ought to keep pace with it. Having partners such as Microsoft, who have accumulated 45 years of practical experience, technology and the required talents in the process of internationalisation, can help the enterprise go-global in comprehensive way.

  1. Hot industry Trends 

Healthcare

Undoubtedly, this sector has gained momentum in 2020. There is a difficult balance to strike between reaping profits and generating social value. What problems exist in the healthcare field, and how can companies develop their business strategies in ways that are socially conscious? Furthermore, what kind of technological developments will help us identify and resolve problems?

Education

Worldwide uncertainty is making us re-examine the importance of education. How should education change, from K–12 to professional institutions, in order to optimize the training of human talent and ensure that future generations are well equipped to face major changes? What kind of values should we impart to companies and students?

Innovation

Innovation is the cornerstone of any enterprise’s longevity, but it is difficult to define. Developing cross-border or new product opportunities can also be considered a form of innovation. How should companies choose which track to follow, and what pitfalls do they need to avoid? What will be the impact of sociopolitical events on innovation? Innovation is not just a buzzword, but a reflection of long-term thinking.

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