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.

How much time will companies have to present?

Companies will have 8 minutes to present and 2 minutes for Q&A.

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.


Lingang International Innovation Center: 755 Sansome Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

Industries of Focus

  • Artificial Intelligence and Augmented/Virtual Reality
  • Renewable Energy and New Materials
  • Environmental Technology
  • Information and Communication Technology


8:30AM-8:50AM Check-in & Judge Briefing
9:00AM-9:10AM Introduction
9:10AM-10:00AM 5 Pitches
10:00AM-10:15AM Morning Coffee Break
10:15AM-11:00AM 5 Pitches
11:00AM-12:30PM Lunch Break
1:00PM-2:00PM 5 Pitches
2:00PM-2:15PM Afternoon Coffee Break
2:15PM-3:15PM 5 Pitches
3:15PM-3:45PM Score Review
4:00PM Announcement and Closing


Jim Hurd

Strategic Alliances and New Business Development

EoCell Inc

Stephen Markscheid

Senior Executive & Corporate Director


Helen Li

Deputy Director

ChinaSF San Francisco Center for Economic Development

Aaron T Ratner

Managing Director

Ultra Capital

Vadim Tarasov

Managing Partner

Satellite Capital

Shawn He

Managing Partner

NewLight Capital LLC

Michelle Ma

VP Strategic Initiatives

Balluun Inc

Vitaliy Goncharuk

Founder & CEO

Augmented Pixels

Rebecca Lin

VP of Business Development


Cyril Ebersweiler

Founder & Managing Director


Yotam Ariel



Fengping Wu


Global CleanTek Bridge


Venue Partner


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