About

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.

Location

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

Industries of Focus

Environmental Technology
Renewable Energy and New Materials

Agenda

8:00AM Registration and Networking
8:20AM Welcome Remarks
8:30AM Energy Efficiency Technology Pitches (9)
10:00AM Morning Coffee Break
10:15AM Renewable Energy Technology Pitches (9)
11:45AM Lunch Break
1:00PM Panel: Clean-tech Investment Trends
2:00PM Afternoon Coffee Break I
2:15PM Wastewater Technology Pitches (9)
3:45PM Afternoon Coffee Break II
4:00PM Other Clean-tech Pitches (9)
5:30PM Cocktail Reception

Judges

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

Ecolab

Christine Richardson

Director of Research, Development, and Engineering

Ecolab

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

aquaTECTURE, LLC

May Wu

Environmental Scientist

Argonne National Laboratory

Heng Zhang

Assistant Director

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Lyndsey Zhang

Corporate Development

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc.

Yang Wang

Director of Global Sourcing

Medline Industries, Inc.

Baiyun Gong

Engineer IV and Technology Manager

AECOM

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.

Organizers

Venue Partner

Strategic Partners

Association of Chinese-American Scientists and Engineers

Partners