Who is UCIA?

The U.S.-China Innovation Alliance (UCIA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that promotes innovation through the exchange of ideas and collaboration between the United States and China. We organize the annual U.S.-China Innovation and Investment Summit (UCIS) in Houston, which provides a unique opportunity for innovative technology startups to connect with investors, strategic partners, leading incubators/accelerators, and professional services firms from China. It is an excellent platform for technology companies to leverage significant resources from China to accelerate their growth and to expand their market potential. In 2017, we launched the InnoSTARS Competition, which allows growth-stage technology companies in five core industry areas to compete for the chance to win attendance to UCIS, as well as an all-expenses-paid roadshow to China, where they will have an opportunity to showcase their business and products to a wide audience of qualified potential investors and relevant partners. 

Our Mission

Connecting American Innovation with Chinese Market Resources

The two greatest powers in the world today are the United States and China. The United States has led the world over the past century as the undisputed center of global innovation and has built a service-oriented economy which plays host to the largest consumer market in the world. China, by contrast, has pursued a development path founded on a strong production base enjoying unprecedented economies of scale and a national savings rate that is the highest amongst large countries. Economic rebalancing is now taking place between these two global giants. American companies are seeking new capital partners and new markets after the global economic slowdown has slowed domestic consumer spending. Chinese companies have seen shrinking output from their production base due to the same pullback by global consumers and are now hoarding cash in lieu of investing in any further capital expenditures. Furthermore, many Chinese firms are now seeking to move up the value chain by introducing more advanced methods of production or more service-oriented business models. There is a historic opportunity to create a net positive outcome for both the United States and China by combining American innovation with Chinese financial and market resources. UCIA is dedicated to making this potential a reality.


Board Members

Charles Foster
Chairman at Foster LLP
Ying McGuire
Vice President at Technology Integration Group
Seth Williams
International Partnerships & Strategic Investment at Integral Health
Chris Gillan
SVP at Capital Factory
Shautong Song
CEO at CUBIO Innovation Center
Qing Liu
President at JITRI
Wensheng Wu
CEO at Greatwall Enterprise Institute
John Zhang
General Secretary at ITTN
Hongxing Tan
CEO at Coway International TechTrans Co., Ltd.
Guocheng Wang
VP at Beijing University Science Park
Xinxin Li
Co-founder, Director of BD at MyBiogate

Board of Advisors

Steve Papermaster
CEO at Nano Global Corporation, Former Member of National Science and Technology Council
David Firestein
President and Chief Executive Officer at The George H. W. Bush Foundation for U.S.-China Relations
Angelos Angelou
Founder & Principal Executive Officer at AngelouEconomics
Founder & CEO at International Accelerator


Stella Liu
Chief Executive Officer
Haihai Duan
Executive Director
Hongyi Zhang
Program Director
InnoSTARS Advisory Services
Thea Liao
Director of Public Relations
Cici Zhu
Director of Business Development


Qiuying Lai
Business Advisory Analyst
Douglas McNeil
Program Associate
Marina Gonzalez
Program Associate