On our first Assessing China program in Manufacturing / Industrial IoT, we were joined by 5 stellar startups spanning different parts of the Industry 4.0 technology stack. Learn more about how the trip went and what we all learned about China’s activity in industrial IoT on our blog here.


It’s no secret that China is a global center of manufacturing. The country’s megacities have some of the largest and most active industrial companies that are constantly looking to improve operations.

Now, intelligent machines and automation solutions are transforming businesses everywhere.

To help industrial IoT startups in the United States unlock new opportunities for growth and development, we’ve created a program with several of China’s leading industrial operations to engage with their business owners and better understand their goals.

For founders building intelligent machines, this is your opportunity to evaluate China firsthand and meet clients who want to work with you.


China’s hub of technology entrepreneurship.


Home to China’s major electronics companies.


Global leader in industrial manufacturing.


The first batch of industrial IoT startups for the Assessing China – Manufacturing program has concluded.

The second batch will focus on AI chipsets and semiconductor technology. Learn more and apply here.

This isn’t simply a trip to China to tour a few factories. These industrial businesses will be your potential customers, so you need to learn about their biggest problems. We want to make your time with us helpful, insightful, and actionable while in China. We’re here to help you set up pilot partnerships so you can start implementing your solutions in their operations right away.

The week will be packed with meetings with executives from some of China’s largest industrial companies. They are well aware of the benefit that innovative technology can bring to their value chains and unique challenges.

Our intention is to facilitate these in-person meetings to open up the dialogue that will start you down the road towards an effective client relationship. We’ve already selected the partners so you can focus on the discussions that matter with Comet Labs supporting you.

Travel and accommodations will be covered by Comet Labs to make this opportunity available to startups regardless of ability to pay.


We visited:

  • The top electric vehicle maker and competitive supplier for EMS/OEMs
  • A Tier 1 PCB manufacturer/machine maker
  • A Tier 1 textile/garments manufacturer
  • The top manufacturer in electronics, textiles, and healthcare
  • A top software solutions provider and systems integrator
  • The leading VC & PE fund in China



You’re a startup with a new intelligent machines solution. You’ve had a pilot or two locally to gain insights, train your models, and hone your company’s use-case. You’re on your way up!

Now, you’re ready to test your solution within a much larger environment and push your product to new heights.


You’ve nailed your product, established yourself in the market, and you’re receiving a steady stream of revenue from excited clients. Nice work!

But you don’t want to get complacent. You want to keep up the momentum and expand into a new market for your intelligent machine solution.

Special Thanks

to our program partners

Applications are officially closed, but if you’d like to be informed of the next Assessing China program with a focus on Manufacturing and Industrial IoT, send us your information below!