The other model includes team building and Corporate Olympics. The platform creates opportunities for corporates and sponsors to network and compete. “We provide customer sports and team building events for corporates. In addition, our Corporate Olympics in October will welcome all the corporate members for a whole day of fitness and training against each other. They are battling for pride,” Jordan said. Revenue from sponsors of such tournaments is another major source. The aforementioned online platform will enhance the user experience, allowing corporates to measure their performance against their competition, and also internally, whilst setting internal HR incentive and reward systems based on said data.The startup is already working with naked Hub, Mercedes Benz, Volkswagen and has reached strategic partnerships with Reebok, Shanghai Wow, ofo and Shanghai Sunrise.Although the office fitness industry is off to a slow start in China, Jordan is bullish on the market prospects given a rising awareness. “Chinese corporate wellness market is going to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 9.1 percent to 2024 and we are jumping on that bandwagon.”

In the long-term, SPIRIT is also planning to implement wearable technology into its platform, bringing the sports competition among corporates to daily life. The HR directors can monitor their employees give them incentive programs as a result.

“The big vision here isn’t just about fitness and sports, but to connect all these corporates together so they can compete in a friendly and networking way,” said Jordan.

Starting a business in China isn’t easy and the task is even more challenging for expat entrepreneurs, who have to defend local competitors that are better funded and connected.

“In China, we do have our first-mover advantages, but I also realized in China first-mover advantage should actually be called the first-scaler advantage, the first person to scale. With our partnerships, we are ahead of the game already. We want to scale very quickly,” said Jordan, who bootstrapped his first startup Verve, an event agency, after working for Bacardi for six years in Shanghai.

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