Pascal Coppens

Author Pascal Coppens is the expert in all things innovation and Day After Tomorrow in China, rooted in his deep understanding of the country as a sinologist.

He is an entrepreneur at heart with more than 20 years of experience in China and Silicon Valley. Pascal has employed, partnered and competed with hundreds of Chinese innovators. Currently he is a trusted advisor and an inspiring keynote speaker. 

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Pascal’s first-hand business experience, extensive network and flawless understanding of the customer mind, help his audiences to truly understand what is happening in this new frontier of innovation, how it will impact us and what we can learn from it. That’s exactly why he calls himself the ‘China Evangelist’: because he wants to show us how China will shape our Day After Tomorrow, and how we can use that to our advantage.

First and foremost, Pascal takes his audience on a journey into the immense potential of this new land of opportunity: with eye-opening stories that go far beyond the usual suspects of the BAT (Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent), into the realm of fast and furious innovators like Mobike, Face++ and a whole pack of exciting new start-ups and scale-ups. Pascal will introduce you to the real China, its potential to the rest of the world - moving from 'Made in China' to 'Created in China' - and to your business.

He started his career at Alcatel in Shanghai, and – after an intense period in Silicon Valley at Wind River Systems (today's IoT software division of Intel) and Polycore Software (which he co-founded) - he returned to China and later founded Letsface to build the first offline digital community platform for premium brands. To help technology companies scale their business into the Chinese market, he also co-created Sinnolabs in 2016: a Chinese growth accelerator for Innovative European SMEs.

Pascal wrote his first book China's New Normal, which offers sensational insights into business and technology in China and their potential for the rest of the world. 


China's New Normal

This keynote elaborates on the six waves of innovation in China, and how China is now ready to take on the challenge to become a global leader in innovation by 2030. 

Pascal will tell the story of how China evolved from 'copy-cat' to 'creator', what its strong points (market, cash, people, ux & personal) are compared to those of Europe (technology & research, brands, efficiency, meaning, & balance) and how China and Europe can help each other.

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The two faces of innovation: insights from Silicon Valley & China

Silicon Valley and China’s tech ecosystem cities (such as Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Shanghai) are the fastest evolving innovation hubs in the world. But inspiration from pioneering startups, corporates and academics from these distant corners of the globe should not be an ‘either, or’ story. Each has its very own background, innovation DNA, culture, methods and strategies. Each has the potential to trigger you in ways you’d never thought possible.

And who better to inspire you in the matter than serial entrepreneur & Silicon Valley aficionado Peter Hinssen and China evangelist Pascal Coppens?

Kickstart your innovation with an interactive workshop!

Combine the eye-opening inspiration of “The two face of innovation” keynote, with an interactive and triggering workshop by Pascal (inspiration) and Wim Rombaut (facilitation). It will help you:

  • become deeply aware WHY Silicon Valley and China’s transformation is so high paced and radical and WHAT that means for your positioning and business today
  • see the opportunities for your business to become more innovative and competitive
  • be able to integrate the know-how about China and Silicon Valley to your first steps tomorrow

Book Peter and Pascal for an eye-opening double keynote on the uniquely successful innovation approaches of Silicon Valley and China. They’ll bring you on a holistic journey into the heart of technological, societal, individual and business (model) change. If you want to really understand the depth and complexity of innovation, and the potential of disruption: this 3-hour twin journey will change your perspective forever! The optional workshop with Pascal Coppens and Wim Rombaut will only make those insights stick even better.

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