The first competition of the 2018 InnoSTARS preliminaries was held in Chicago on March 12th. Co-organized by US China Innovation Alliance (UCIA), Mandarin Environment and Venue Partner Polsinelli, the day-long event included 10 minute pitches from each company with 5 minutes of Q&A, a panel discussion on clean tech investment trends, and multiple networking breaks.
InnoSTARS is the one and only innovation competition officially supported by the governments of United States of America and of People’s Republic of China. In 2017, the InnoSTARS Competition was featured in the scientific and technology cooperative area at the first U.S.-China Social and Cultural Dialogue (SCD), co-chaired by former U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Chinese Vice Premier Yandong Liu.
More than 200 US companies will be selected from more than 600 applicants to participate in this year’s US China Innovation and Investment Summit (UCIS) in May, Consul General of China Li Qiangmin announced.
We spoke with Apostolos “Toli” Lerios, VP strategy for Restream, a cloud multistreaming service, headquartered in Austin, Texas. He told us about his experience in China and how the trip offered him eye-opening and life-changing opportunities as one of the semi-final winners.