The 2018 InnoSTARS competition is a platform that connects U.S.-based technology companies with Chinese investors, corporates, and strategic partners. Organized by the US China Innovation Alliance (UCIA) and China Science and Technology Exchange Center (CSTEC), supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology of the P.R. China (MOST), this competition aims to provide U.S.-based technology companies a better understanding of the market opportunities available in China. Mandarin Environment is a co-organizer for the Chicago Preliminary on March 12, 2018

How much time will companies have to present?

Companies will have 10 minutes to present, which includes Q&A.

Who will be in the audience?

InnoSTARS Chicago Preliminary will have an audience of around 65, including: corporates, early-stage technology executives, investors, investment advisors and U.S.-China clean-tech industry professionals.

Why should companies compete?

Qualified preliminary winners will be extended an invitation to join the 2018 three-city China road-show to compete in the InnoSTARS Semi-finals, and potentially even the finals. The road-show will include introductions to Chinese environmental corporates, universities, regulators, and investors interested in U.S. innovation. Semi-finalists’ round-trip China airfare, hotels, and meals are covered by InnoSTARS, and winners receive cash prizes and media recognition.


Polsinelli: 150 North Riverside Plaza, 31st Floor, Chicago, IL 60606

Industries of Focus

Environmental Technology
Renewable Energy and New Materials


8:15AM Registration and Networking
9:00AM Welcome Remarks
9:10AM Energy Efficiency Technology Pitches 
10:15AM Morning Coffee Break
10:30AM Renewable Energy Technology Pitches
12:00PM Lunch Break
1:00PM Panel: Clean-tech Investment Trends
2:00PM Afternoon Coffee Break I
2:15PM Wastewater Technology Pitches
3:45PM Afternoon Coffee Break II
4:00PM Other Clean-tech Pitches
5:30PM Cocktail Reception


Dick Co

Co-Founder and Managing Director

Solar Fuels Institute

Jonathan Egan

Founder and Director

China Metal Solutions

Sharon Feng

Executive Director

Institute for Molecular Engineering, University of Chicago

Mengmeng Fu

Investment Director

Skylight Investment

Shawn He

Managing Partner

NewLight Capital LLC

Jim Hurd

Strategic Alliances and New Business Development

EoCell Inc

Ken Lai

VP Asia Pacific Operations

LanzaTech Inc.

Laura Rice

Corporate Scientist


Christine Richardson

Director of Research, Development, and Engineering


Jerry Strub

CEO, Founder

Strategic Growth Consulting, Inc.

Alexander Tang

Licensing and Commercialization Manager

Gas Technology Institute

Shih-Perng Tsai

Technical Consultant

Renewables and Water

Michael Warady

Project Manager


May Wu

Environmental Scientist

Argonne National Laboratory

David Chen

Principal Software Engineer

Optum & UnitedHealth Group

Lyndsey Zhang

Managing Director

Lynra Synergy, LLC.

Yang Wang

Director of Global Sourcing

Medline Industries, Inc.

Baiyun Gong

Engineer IV and Technology Manager


Yanjiao (Andrew) Xie

Lead Chemical Engineer and Project Manager

Nalco Water

Tony Zhang

Portfolio Manager

Zacks Investment Management

Tao Li

Senior Engineer

SPX Corporation

Zuotao Zeng

Principal Engineer

Argonne National Laboratory

Shenshen Li

Advisory Scientist

Plastipak, Inc.


Venue Partner

Strategic Partners

Association of Chinese-American Scientists and Engineers


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