Updated: Sep 10, 2018
It’s been a busy few months for Massive Analytic Limited, with a series of international pitching events attended by Founder & CEO, George Frangou and Business Development Manager, Gary Ling. Between them they covered China, Hong Kong and Paris in the space of just a couple of weeks. The feedback from these events has been overwhelmingly positive, both from potential customers and investors.
In the recent months since last September’s successful trade mission to Singapore, MAL has turned its attention to China and the massive opportunities there. The goal of this mission was to launch MAL in China and start the process of opening up an office. On that front the trip was a roaring success as in the eight weeks since touchdown in Chengdu on the 17th of May MAL has set up an office in China with a team ready to take our products to not just the Chinese market but the whole of Asia.
The trip to China was made-up of three legs, for the first leg George joined a joint EU-China Scale-up Summit in Chengdu sponsored by EUPIC – in fact this was first edition of the EU-China Tech Scale-Up Summit. For those not familiar with EUPIC, established in 2006 EUPIC is a comprehensive platform promoting trade, investment and technology cooperation between the EU and China. The Centre is actively supported by the European Commission, the Ministry of Science and Technology of China, and the Sichuan Provincial People’s Government to name just a few! At the EUPIC summit our Founder and CEO pitched to a room full of VCs and showcased all of our products. As well as laying the ground work for future opportunities, money was raised to open an office in China. Expect an official announcement on the MAL China office and team soon!
Following the successful few days in Chengdu, George flew to Hong Kong on the 20th of May for the second leg of the trip – where he was joined by Gary Ling. Hong Kong was all about transferring knowledge and getting to know the Chinese team that are going to be taking MAL’s products to market in China. The short stay in Hong Kong included onboarding exercises for prospective clients, a day workshop for knowledge transfer and the beginning of translating our products into Chinese characters. It was a productive three days and it was great to see the Chinese team that will be flying the flag for us in the far east! Since then the Chinese team has been hard at work putting things together for MAL’s China launch, we’re very excited for what the future will bring in Asia.
The final phase of the China journey saw George travel to Beijing on the 23rd of May for a Great Britain and China trade mission with the CBBC and DIT (the CBBC being the China-Britain Business Council and the DIT being the Department-for-International-Trade), entry was competitive and it gave George another chance to pitch MAL’s products to a Chinese audience. The mission was focused on opening up new opportunities for collaboration and partnership between British and Chinese companies. As part of the trade mission George travelled to Guiyang for the Big Data Expo and the GSMA forum; the GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, where George was a conference panellist on “Discover a Better Future”, and had the chance to talk about MAL’s vision for smart cities. The whole trip to China was hugely successful and we encountered a real thirst for our brand of innovation and AI technologies.
As well as travelling to China, MAL also showcased its ingenuity a little closer to home – in Paris. On the 23rd to 24th of May, Gary attended two events in Paris aimed at partnering innovative start-ups with potential customers and partners. On the 23rd it was the AI & Big Data Tech Meeting, where Gary pitched MAL’s take on AI & Big Data to some big names. The bulk of the day was made up of 1-2-1 meetings where we were able to connect directly with large enterprises about what our products could offer. These meetings included companies like AXA, NVidia, Group ADP and more. The second day was the “Labmeeting AI for mobility/smart cities : connect with R&D labs” where MAL had the opportunity to meet without start-up’s and innovators in our space for potential partnership opportunities. Just as in China, MAL was very well received in the French capital and some promising opportunities have opened up for us.
May was an exciting and encouraging month for MAL, we met new team members and laid the groundwork for exciting future opportunities. Watch this space, there’s more to come!