Yechuan Charlie Hu

Founder and managing partner of Candaq Fintech Group


Yechuan Charlie Hu is a blockchain ecosystem and community builder specialized in Web 3.0, decentralized technology platforms and applications. Charlie is currently the founder and managing partner of Candaq Fintech Group, an incubator providing support to start-ups in the areas of fintech, blockchain, big data, artificial intelligence, internet of things and new energies. Candaq offers venture investments at early stages and provides professional tokenized initial offering advisory services. Prior to that, Yechuan Hu has led investment and business development in more than 15 projects and cross-border international technology partnerships.


Yechuan Charlie Hu is an expert on Web 3.0, decentralized technology platforms and applications. Yechuan Hu has led investment and business development in more than 15 projects and cross-border international technology partnerships. Charlie has led investment and business development in more than 15 projects and cross-border international technology partnerships.

He is a founder and managing partner of Candaq Fintech Group, with offices in Hangzhou, Berlin and the Silicon Valley. Candaq is a company focused on the incubation of and investment in Fintech and blockchain-based start-ups and offers professional tokenized initial offering advisory services.

He is an Expert in community building, technology driven innovation ecosystem development and growth marketing, currently leading the Chinese ecosystem for Polkadot and Tezos Ecosystem. Charlie is also a member of the World Economic Forum Global Shaper Beijing Hub. Organizer of TEDxHangzhou, Organizer of ThingsCon Shanghai. Alumni of Aspire Academy Harvard leadership program.

Yechuan Charlie Hu started his career in 2015 as Community Organizer & Founder of Holland Designer & Creative Meetup Community in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Organize the monthly meetup for people who work in design and creative related fields. In that role, Charlie was in charge of connecting and bringing creative and passionate people together and sharing their designer stories, insights, experiences and inspirations. Likewise, he arranged webinar and video streaming for designers in other communities from all over the world such as China, India, UK and US etc.

As an entrepreneur, he was the co-founder of 中欧设品 ShepinID in 2014. 中欧设品 ShepinID is  a service platform which digitalizes the product ideation & industrial design, product development management process. They are specialized in creating all kinds of new design co-creation products for all kinds of industrial clients.

In 2017, Yechuan Hu joined ThingsCon Shanghai & Hangzhou as a Community Organizer & Curator. ThingsCon Shanghai & Hangzhou is the global community that aims to foster the global human-centric & responsible IOT development. It drives the IOT development with its unique approach of ethical, responsible & explainable aspects to the massive Internet of things movement.

The community of ThingsCon is founded in Berlin, Germany. With the experiences from ThingsCon Amsterdam and Berlin, the ThingsCon Shanghai is founded which aims to gather Chinese product innovators and IOT practitioners in order to push the on-going conversations and rethinking of the intelligent IOT development ecosystem in China. The ThingsCon Hangzhou chapter followed soon after the Shanghai community. Charlie was responsible for creating and managing both communities with the help and support from the ThingsCon global community and other fellow communities such as Design Sprint, TEDx & Global Shaper in China.

In 2018, Yechuan Hu was a founding member and community organizer of the Ultrain team. He was responsible for designing the early community architect plan and initiated partnerships in Ultrain’s early stage. Charlie also initiated partnerships and ecosystem development in the early phase of the company and closed more than 10 ecosystem partnerships for the company.

Ultrain Technology Limited is a next generation public-blockchain technology venture that focuses on building a high performance decentralized blockchain platform through its programmable tech-infrastructure. Ultrain is committed to construct a responsible and sustainable commercial ecosystem that enables all industrial applications. The company has raised more than 25million USD and become one of the top blockchain tech startups in China.

Also in the blockchain space, Yechuan Charlie Hu became Blockchain Advisor at OSA DC. OSA DC is a decentralized, AI-driven blockchain platform that collects and analyzes data from retailers, manufacturers, consumers and open data sources in real time. OSA DC’s mission is to solve major retail problems in real time. Integration AI and Data Sensing innovate technologies into the retail industry.

Between 2018 and 2019, Charlie joined DoraHacks as Global Partner and Hackathon Organizer. During this time at DoraHacks Charlie helped organize and lead the best tech, hacker hackathon event & community in China. DoraHacks was founded by a group of hackathon hackers in late 2014, with help from Open Wisdom Lab at Tsinghua University. Their mission was to create a hacker community in China that solves real-world problems.

Currently, besides his role at Candaq, Charlie is also an Advisory Board Member at Sinofy Studio, an end-to-end tailored PR solutions based on your goals in the world’s most digitally connected country.

As Founder of Candaq

As founder and managing partner at Candaq Fintech Group, Yechuan Charlie Hu oversees the company’s operations. Candaq Fintech Group originates from Berlin and Silicon Valley. Founded in 2013, Candaq focuses on the incubation of fintech and blockchain based startups, including but not limited to Fintech, blockchain, big data, artificial intelligence, internet of things and new energies. Candaq makes venture investments at early stages and offers professional tokenized initial offering advisory services. Candaq has built a worldwide collaborative network with numerous academic institutions, venture capitals and cryptocurrency communities.


YechuanCharlie Hu received his BA, Major in International Economy and Trade from Beijing Foreign Studies University. He was awarded as “Excellent Student” for top 3% performance in academic and extracurricular activities.

In 2015, Yechuan Charlie Hu completed his Master of Science (MSc) in Financial Management from the Nyenrode Business Universiteit. He received a full Scholarship Winner of Orange Tulips Scholarship Program, awarded with  EUR 24,000.


About technological development in China. The way we have built our digital and technological infrastructure is different from the Western world and that has paid off as it is allowing China to advance very quickly. We are integrating high-end technologies like IoT, blockchain, AI and people are benefiting from it as it is driving a lot of innovation in sectors such as Fintech, Supply Chains, Computing and Hardware manufacturing. Another great driving force is the effort that has been put into the academics, promoting University education and financial literacy across the country.

About Candaq. Since Candaq was created in 2013, we have invested in more than 15 projects in the blockchain and tech space. One of those projects is Polkadot, which we invested in 2018 and have been building the interesting platform based on ethereum.

The investment arm is one of the pillars of our company. The second one is consultancy. Helping projects come into fruition and putting together the government, universities and startups.

About Polkadot and blockchain. Blockchain apps and platforms need to have a utility to become truly widespread. That is the only way for blockchain. There has been a misunderstanding when approaching blockchain as many investors and users have seen crypto and blockchain as a security, but in the end what matters the most is the utility of them. The Polkadot platform is built on ethereum and uses smart contracts to make sure that it is useful for the users. There is a utility value in the network.