1What is Explore China?
Explore China is a two weeks inspirational programme where Swedish university students get inspiration, knowledge and tools that help them understand the Chinese market and how they can contribute as entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs on a global market.
2Why China?
We believe that most Swedes, along with people in the western world, have limited knowledge about China. A lot of people don’t pay attention to China, because in their minds, China is still the China of the past, the factory of the world, and a copycat. What they don’t realize is that the tides have already turned. Key innovations of today, such as dock-less bikes, high-speed railway, mobile payments, and e-commerce, are either started in China or perfected in China and then adopted by the rest of the world. The solution starts with awareness.

By giving a selected number of students the opportunity to explore China and see the fast pace of progress with their own eyes, we want to inspire a new generation of entrepreneurs. We don't see this as something nice to do, it's essential!
3What is the connection to OnePlus?
This programme is initiated by OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei. Carl grew up in Sweden and during his years as a student he asked his teachers to talk about China, they never did. He is, along with many others, frustrated about the lack of knowledge when it comes to things that are happening in China right now - this is why he decided to initiate this programme.
4What will the programme 2019 be like?
Based on feedback from the participants and partners of 2018, we will do small adjustments - but the programme of 2019 will be very much like the one we did last year. We will add a stop in Hong Kong, and build an even stronger connection to the private sector in Sweden that we hope will lead to a really good win-win where the students' knowledge, drive and perspective will benefit even more in Swedish business eco-system.
5What was required to catch one of the spots?
You have to be a full-time student at a Swedish University, you have to speak Swedish and English, and you have to have the eager to learn more about innovation and entrepreneurship in China.
6How many applied to Explore China 2018?
777 applications were sent in during the application process 2018. The applicants came from 16 of total 17 universities in Sweden, were Chalmers University of Technology had most applicants. Slightly more female students than male students applied and Industrial Engineering and Management was the most common field of study.
7Why only Swedish students?
Sweden is a country well known for its many successful entrepreneurs who historically has built large global companies; like Volvo, IKEA, HM, AstraZeneca, Spotify and Skype. This initiative comes from a frustration started when Carl was a student in Sweden. He foresees that if this continues, Sweden will soon no longer be the home for world-leading companies of the future. That’s why we started with Swedish students. But who knows, next year, it could be different.
8Do you have to be a full-time student in Sweden to apply?
Yes, we have limited the spots to students studying full-time at Swedish Universities. Next year, it could be different. We are open-minded!
9What if Im graduate this spring? Can I still apply?
Yes, as long as you are a full-time student during the time of the application process, you are more than welcome to apply!
10How do you choose the participants?
We have partnered up with Nova, a top talent network in Sweden. They have years of experience in measuring data to assess candidates. With their help, we will identify the best and brightest who also share our passion and interest. We aim to create a diverse group - the participants will come from different universities, have different past experience, be of different age, gender and have different special skills.
11What does the two weeks include?
The programme include;
- Visits to Swedish companies who today aggressively expand on the Chinese market
- Company visits to Chinese companies who have taken lead in innovation and smart solutions
- Inspirational talks and knowledge sharing from local entrepreneurs
- Workshops connected to self-leadership that helps the students to gain confidence and understanding of their own strengths and how they can contribute as global talents
12What does success looks like?
We know that we have succeeded if the students that have joined this programme feel curious and inspired to continue developing towards a global market.

After participation, the students will;
- Know more about companies that are active on the Chinese market
- Know more about the challenges that entrepreneurs are facing in China
- Have a better understanding of what they individually need to develop to become employable on a global market

After participation, the students will;
- Feel curious and inspired to continue developing towards a global market
- Feel inspired to reach or develop their ideas
- Feeling confident enough to take the steps required to evolve towards a global market

After participation, the students will;
- Share their experiences and lessons learned to other students
- Explore opportunities for further development coupled with what they have learned in the programme
13Who are your partners?
For the programme 2018, we partnered up with Nova, SelfLeaders and OnePlus. Nova act as our assessment partner and SelfLeaders are adding leadership and self-reflection tools and methods for our participants to deepen their knowledge and strengthen their leadership skills before, during and after the trip. OnePlus was the only financial partner for 2018, covering all expenses.

The partners of 2019 will be presented as it goes on our Instagram (@goexplorechina)

Do you want to be part of this journey as a partner during 2019? Just connect!
14How are you organised?
To make this programme long-lasting, we started a non-profit organisation run by a board elected by the annual meeting. The organisation is named Explore.
The annual meeting decides what Explore will work with the upcoming year. The staff of Explore is responsible for making those decisions into actions.
Carolin He, the co-founder of Explore China, is the Chairman of the Board and we currently have two employees, Josefine Gillver and Therese Olander.
15Where can I find more information about the programme?
You’ll find all practical information you need on our website; www.explorechina.se, read reflections from the participants and get weekly updates by following us on LinkedIn (@Explore China) and get the latest happening straight to your phone by following us on Instagram (@goexplorechina)