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. Innosphere is the local co-organizer for this InnoSTARS Denver Preliminary round.

How much time will companies have to present?

Companies will have 10 minutes to present then Q&A afterwards.

Who will be in the audience?

InnoSTARS Preliminaries will have an audience including: corporates, early-stage technology executives, investors and investment advisors.

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.


The Commons on Champa: 1245 Champa St, Denver, CO 80204

Industries of Focus

  • Environmental Technology
  • Healthcare and Biotechnology
  • Renewable Energy and New Materials
  • Information and Communication Technology


   8:30AM Registration/Networking
   8:45AM Opening Welcome Remarks
   9:00AM Renewable Energy and New Materials (4)
 10:00AM Environmental Technology (2)
 10:30AM Break
 10:45AM Environmental Technology (2)
 11:15AM Information and Communication Technology (4)
 12:15PM Lunch
 12:30PM Access to China Panel
   1:30PM Healthcare and Biotechnology (4)
   2:30PM Break
   2:45PM Healthcare and Biotechnology (4)
   3:45PM Judges Huddle
   4:00PM Finalist announcement and Cocktail Party


Brian Zimbelman


Crawley Ventures

Cyril Yee

US Cleantech Lead

IP Group plc

DuWayne Peterson

Vice President

Colorado Angel Investors

John Robinson

Principal Consultant

Mandarin Environment

Lance Reisman

Group Executive and Vice President


Yutong Jiang

Senior Research Investigator

Array BioPharma

Praful Shah

Chairman of the Advisory Board

Principium Investments

Seth Terry


Sustainability Rising

William Sarni

Founder and CEO

Water Foundry

Bo Lee

Founder and President

Everest Investments and Trade Co.

Eva Yao


CrestoneStar Consulting

Trent Yang

Director and Private Equity

AMG National Trust Bank

Rachel Rea

Senior Manager


Haiyan Zhang

Managing Partner

Gordon Pacific, LLC

Ruosida Lin

Senior Associate

Rocky Mountain Institute


Venue Partner


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