Jan Šmejkal




YourChinaGuy and the founder of YCG&Co, a boutique consultancy company headquartered in Shenzhen, China.


We work with a small group of selected companies (such as Credit Suisse, Forbes, Singularity University and Advantage Austria) to supercharge their operational and business development capabilities in China.




I used to run the world's largest entrepreneur community (Startup Grind) in China and APAC. At Startup Grind I worked with some of the brightest and most passionate startup community builders in around 85 cities in APAC. In less than 24 months, Startup Grind community in China has grown more than 5x to 25+ active cities hosting regular events and impacting the innovation landscape in China and beyond.


Prior to Startup Grind, I helped launch a venture for Rocket Internet (a company that incubated and invested in 100+ companies with the valuation exceeding $15B) and built an online business while still in college (successfully exited).




I'm a big supporter of social entrepreneurship, which led to my involvement with the Hult Prize Foundation (hultprize.org) that strives to improve lives of those less fortunate by bringing together the world's brightest business minds to compete in teams to solve the planet's biggest challenges with innovative ideas for sustainable social enterprises.


I speak at conferences, private events, and universities all around the world about China, corporate innovation, and the role of community builders in the startup ecosystem.


If you want me to speak at your event, reach out to me at yourchinaguy.co/speaking or @yourchinaguy (social media).


In my free time, I study Mandarin Chinese, mentor companies, startups, and individuals on how to master the art of building long-lasting relationships (networking), and develop my knowledge about health / fitness / nutrition.


Learn more about me:


My personal website: yourchinaguy.co

Follow me on Twitter: twitter.com/yourchinaguy

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Follow me on YouTube: youtube.com/smejkaljn