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 10 minutes to present and 5 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.


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Industries of Focus

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


8:15AM Registration and Networking
9:00AM Welcome Remarks
9:10AM Group A Technology Pitches 
10:15AM Morning Coffee Break
10:30AM Group B Technology Pitches
12:00PM Lunch Break (Judges convene and finalize morning scores)
1:00PM Afternoon Coffee Break I
1:15PM Group C Technology Pitches
3:45PM Afternoon Coffee Break II
4:00PM Group D Pitches
5:15PM Judges convene and finalize afternoon scores


John Robinson

Principal Consultant

Mandarin Environment

Shan Yong

Engineering Scientific Advisor

Green Technology Asia

Mark Wen

Vice President


Matt Vasey

Director, AI and loT BD


Amy Du


VestLink Group

Don Sheu



Aaron Rose

Co-Founder, President and CEO

ROI3, Inc.

Sanjay Kumar



Virginia Liu

VP, Developer and Ecosystems


Emer Dooley

Pat Hughes Faculty Fellow

University of Washington

Anders Brown

Managing Director

Valence Group

Jian Wu

Managing Partner

W&W Capital

Daniel Feng

Investment Fund Manager

Health Venture

Rosalind Lee

Co-Founder & Co-Managing Partner

SeaBright Capital Management

Ryan Vogel

CEO & Co-Founder

Pure Blue


Venue Partners


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