Innovation China 2023
With the opening of China's borders after a 3-year hiatus from the pandemic, Innovation China resumed with its 2023 event held at Qube Hotel in Anqing, Anhui Province China. With a focus on Health & Sustainability, representatives from BASF, Samsung, BASF, Petronas, BTV, Heraeus, GE and more attended the event. Over a hundred attendees from MNC companies, venture firms, corporate venture capital arms, and start-ups joined in to share name cards and viewpoints on issues like carbon capture, to plastic recycling, to open innovation and more. It started with special opening speeches from Mitsubishi China and CM Venture Capital, as well as a launch ceremony to commemorate the inauguration of CM Venture's Fund 3. View some of the presentations below.
Carbon to Value by
Keith Wiggins @ Econic Technology
Keith is CEO, charged with leading the commercialization of Econic. A strong advocate and business builder of sustainable advanced manufacturing, he has grown early-stage businesses for the past ten years, after global corporate roles with Dow Chemical. He is a proud chemistry alum of Imperial College London and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
The materials and chemicals industry makes essential products that enhance peoples’ lives globally. The sector is growing with greater consumption of its primary raw material, - fossil carbon. To sustain growth and reduce its embedded carbon footprint the industry will move to alternative sources of renewable ‘above ground’ carbon. CO2 is an important source of renewable carbon, – currently regarded as a costly waste, it is being transformed into a valuable raw material. Econic catalyst technology allows manufacturers of polymers to incorporate CO2 into their products and create value.
Focus on Sustainability by
Dr Christian Neumann @ Heraeus
Christian Neumann is the Deep Tech Strategist at Heraeus leading the Identification and Evaluation of viable new technology solutions and attractive Venture Capital Targets. In his prior position as head of the Heraeus activities in Digital Printed Electronics he was pushing non-ready technologies to an appropriate level of technology readiness. Before that, he was responsible for the implementation of Corporate Technology Scouting and Corporate Venturing activites for Heraeus. He joined Heraeus in 2007 being responsible for materials development for the fused silica activities before starting a group devoted to the development of new porous carbon material system.
In the presentation, Christian describes how a highly diversified and globally active portfolio company proactively acts on our future’s main challenges. He give examples how a focus on sustainability drives investment decisions.
The Net Zero Material World by
Dr. Min Zhou @ CM Venture Capital
Min has diverse experience in technology development, business development and venture capital. Min spent 17 years in the US before founding CMVenture Capital.
Min was formerly a principal at Unilever Technology Ventures (UT) where she led investments in companies in the fields of clean tech, semiconductor, medical device, drug development and health and wellness, in companies such as Impinj (NASDAQ: PI), Halosource (AIM: HALO.LN), Textronics (sold to Adidas). Prior to UTV, Min worked as a senior scientist in the Materials Science division and a business development associate at the Technology Commercialization division at Rockwell Scientific, a high-tech enterprise.
Dr. Min Zhou shared CM Venture Capital’ s 10,000 ft view on carbon-to-materials and synthetic biology, two important technology areas contributing to “net zero” .
Innovation China 2020
Circular Carbon Economy & Digitization
The Innovation 2020 event was held at Grand Kempinski Shanghai. Six multinational companies and a number of start-ups and investment firms gathered to share the industry trends and insights on Circular Carbon Economy & Digitization. The conference was held both online and offline simultaneously for the first time, and attended by over 200 people from MNC companies, venture firms, and corporate venture capital arms, and start-ups. View some of the presentations below.
Investing in Food-Tech Start-ups by
Matilda Ho @ Bits x Bites
Matilda Ho is a serial entrepreneur and investor driving to create more sustainable food systems. She is the founder and managing director of Bits x Bites, China’s pioneer food-tech venture capital investing in startups tackling global food system challenges.
With a mission to shape the future of good food, Bits x Bites is a big step forward to inspire and support the entrepreneurial community to bring new ideas to solve global issues. To date, it has invested in companies that are advancing gene editing for high-performing crops, functional chickpea-based protein ingredients, as well as a company advancing cost-efficient, non-GMO meat production directly from animal cells without an actual animal.
Review of Industrial IoT by
Erik Walenza-Slabe, CEO @ IoT ONE
Erik Walenza is the CEO of IoT ONE, the Co-chair of the American Chamber of Commerce Technology and Innovation Committee, and the Shanghai Director of Startup Grind. He has worked in China for nine years where he is an active member of the Chinese innovation ecosystem.
As CEO of IoT ONE, Erik researches the impact of industrial digitalization on his client’s businesses and supports them to realize opportunities and manage threats. As Co-chair of the Technology and Innovation Committee, he facilitates the exchange of best practices for innovation strategy and technology trend evaluation in China. And through Startup Grind he supports the development of Shanghai's innovation ecosystem.
Circular Carbon Economy & Digitization by
Dr. Min Zhou @ CM Venture Capital
Dr. Min Zhou co-founded CM Venture Capital in 2010. She has over 16 years of venture capital investment experience in the US and in China, in hard technology areas including materials, hardware, semiconductor, energy, and environment. Prior to her venture career, Min had 6 years of R&D and technology commercialization experience with Rockwell Scientific.
Dr. Zhou made an opening speech at the Innovation China Conference 2020 - Circular Carbon Economy & Digitization and shared insights on investing in CCE & Digitization sectors and how CM perceives opportunities in the sectors.
Innovation China 2019
The Innovation 2019 event was held at JW Marriott Beijing. Four multinational companies, eight start-ups, and a number of investment firms gathered to discuss on the topic of Functional Materials. The conference was attended by over 200 people from MNC companies, venture firms and corporate venture capital arms, and start-ups. View some of the presentations below.
Investing in the Future with a Sense of History by
Dr. Patrick Berbon @ CM Venture Capital
Dr. Patrick Berbon has an extensive background in metallurgy, aerospace, power and cleantech industries. Before co-founding CM Venture Capital, he was a Senior Consultant at Performance Improvement, a risk analysis and management company specialized in power industries.
As an experienced entrepreneur in the advanced materials himself, his prior start-up, focuses on advanced nanograin aluminum alloys and its applications, was successfully listed on the Toronto Venture Exchange.
The Future of Technology in China by Jefferey Xin @ Guotai Junan Securities
Jefferey has been working in the investment banking industry for more than 10 years, focus on new energy vehicles, industrial automation, new materials and etc.. Prior to Guotai Junan, he worked as an analyst with JP Morgan (HK) China Market team. He has a rich experience in IPOs, private financing, domestic and cross-border M&As
The topic of his presentation in Innovation China 2019 was on China's Science and Technology Innovation Board ("STAR" Board) initiative and its future prospect.
Breakthrough Light Transmission by Mike Casper, CEO @ Flex Lighting
Mike is leading the commercial growth of a breakthrough light transmission technology in the Display industry with a focus on North America and Asia. Mike has over 15 years of experience in marketing, product development, corporate strategy, large company negotiations, outsourced manufacturing, intellectual property, joint development, and partnership.
FLEx's technologies have created the world's thinnest lightguide system, which is now enabling next-generation reflective displays and flexible LCDs to reach their full potential.
Innovation China 2018
The Innovation 2018 event was held in Shanghai. Four multinational companies, nine start-ups and seven VC firms in the field of new materials spoke at the conference. The conference was attended by over 200 people from MNC companies, venture firms and corporate venture capital arms, and start-ups. View some of the presentations below.
Investing in Materials Science Companies by Dr. Min Zhou @ CM Venture Capital
Dr. Min Zhou is a founding partner of CM Venture Capital, a venture capital company based in Shanghai that invests in new materials, advanced manufacturing and digital industrial.
Dr. Zhou earned a Ph.D. in Materials Science from University of Southern California (USC), and has been a research scientist and venture capital investor in both the U.S. and China. Dr. Zhou shares her thoughts and insights in investing in materials companies at the Innovation China 2018 conference held in Shanghai on Nov 1st 2018.
Ultratouch for Smart Devices by Corbin Church @ Cambridge Touch Technologies
Cambridge Touch Technologies is Cambridge, UK based start-up company developing AI-Powered, 3D multitouch for next generation smart devices.
CTT uses a combination of a proprietary AI engine running unique signal processing algorithms, and a specialized Piezoelectric Force Film, to enable the world’s simplest sensor architecture that delivers superior functionality at lower cost, and scales to all device sizes and shapes (including curved).
Breakthrough Transparent Electrode Technology by Professor Jay Guo @ University of Michigan
The transparent electrode has been dominated by ITO, a brittle ceramic material, for decades. There has been a lot of efforts to replace ITO with material that can be deposited on flexible substrates at low temperature, including silver nanowire, metal grids, etc. Professor Guo presents another approach that uses existing ITO sputtering equipment to deposit nanometer-thick silver composite uniformly on a plastic substrate.
Innovation China 2017
The Innovation 2017 event was held in Shanghai. The conference was attended by over 200 people from MNC companies, venture firms and corporate venture capital arms, and start-ups. View some of the presentations below. Click here to view a summary of the key insights of the conference, authored by Dr. Min Zhou, CEO of CM Venture Capital.
Innovation China 2016
The Innovation 2016 event was held in Shanghai. The conference was attended by over 200 people from MNC companies, venture firms and corporate venture capital arms, and start-ups. View some of the presentations below.
In this presentation, Ms. Xu articulates the 13th five-year plan of Shanghai manufacturing industry, and the city's strategic focus areas of industrial development.
Promoting Transformation and Upgrading of Shanghai Industry by Ms. Ziying Xu, Vice Director @ Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Information
Bridging China-German Cooperation by Jiandang Gu, CEO @ Phoenix Contact China
Christine discusses the latest in physical + digital manufacturing trends that GE Research is working on, with a particular focus on additive manufacturing and digitally integrated virtual manufacturing.
Phoenix Contact is one of many "hidden champions" of Germany, a family-owned manufacturer of industrial automation, interconnection, and interface solutions.
Mr. Gu gave a passionate speech about how to learn from Germany's industry 4.0 while building a China smart eco-system.
Large Corporations bring disruption to the industry using intra-incubation by Mr. Leo Wong @ Bosch Venture China
How to maintain the sustainability to innovate by Rajiv Singh, Managing Director @ SABIC Ventures
Return to Manufacturing: Advanced Manufacturing by Dr. Min Zhou, CEO @ CM Venture Capital
Mr. Wong is currently leading incubation and strategic investment activities at Bosch (China) Investment and shared the story of how a large corporation like Bosch creates disruption within the industries it operates.
Rajiv Singh leads the SABIC Ventures team and manages the investment portfolio for SABIC Ventures. In this role, Rajiv leads SABIC's efforts to engage with holders of non-proven technology strategically aligned with SABIC's strategic vision.
The researches have been showing the result of decreasing productivity as the economy grows and the transition from the manufacturing industry to the service industry happens.
In this presentation, Dr. Zhou elaborate on how "China Manufacturing 2025" will change the economy and create opportunities for the businesses
Unlocking the Assets Value by Aldous Wong, Chief Commercial Officer @ GE Digital, China
Aldous leads GE's digital industrial strategy and execution in China. GE Digital connects a stream of machine data to powerful analytics and people, providing valuable insights to manage assets and operations more efficiently.
In this presentation, Aldous discusses "killer apps" for digital industrial, and the digital ecosystem that includes start-ups and more than 35k+ developers.
The "Philosophy" and the "Road" of Digitization at Sunny by Jiuxing Weng, General Manager @ Sunny Intelligent Technology
Sunny Intelligent Technology is a leading company in integrated optical device manufacturers and an optical imaging system solution provider. The Company went public in 2007 and is listed on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (Stock Code:2382.HK).
Mr. Weng has been the General Manager of Sunny since 2015. He shares both the guiding philosophies and the actual implementations of digital strategy at Sunny.
BASF 4.0 by Sebastian-Hartmut Schenk, Regional Head @ BASF Management Consulting Asia Pacific
Sebastian Schenk leads the BASF Management Consulting team in Hong Kong, covering topics such as profitability improvement and strategy implementation. Sebastian also coordinates BASF's digitization activities in the region.
Sebastian shares examples of seven core technologies that enable industry 4.0 in the Chemical industry.
Innovation China 2015
Venture Capital in "Hard Technologies" and Forum on Battery Material and Energy Storage
The Innovation 2015 event was held in Shanghai. Over 200 executives, entrepreneurs and VC professionals gathered to hear from leading VCs discussing venture in "hard technologies", from Professor Josh Lerner of Harvard Business School on corporate venture capital, and from experts as well as seven start-ups in the energy storage space. View some of the presentations below.
Venture Capital and Corporate Venture Capital by Josh Lerner, Professor @ Harvard Business School
Professor Lerner is a world-renown scholar on venture capital and corporate venture capital. He is author of <<Venture Capital and Private Equity, a casebook>>, a classic textbook on venture capital.
In this lecture, Professor Learner weaves together a history of innovation and entrepreneurship in different cultures, and explore different models of corporate venture capital
Venture Capital in "Hard Technologies" by Dr. Min Zhou, CEO @ CM Venture Capital
China Materialia (CM Venture Capital) is a VC firm focused on hard technologies including materials science, hardware, manufacturing.
In this talk, Dr. Min Zhou, co-founder, and CEO of CM talks about the hard aspects of investing in hard technology companies, in contrast to software and internet companies. Min points a path forward by bringing the East and the West together.
Battery Materials and Energy Storage Forum, moderated by Michelle Hua, Partner @ CM Venture Capital
This half-day forum is focused on battery materials and energy storage industry in China. Michelle Hua, Partner of CM Venture Capital gave an overview of battery materials technologies, and Tina Zhang from China Energy Storage Association gave an overview of the energy storage industry in China.
Seven start-ups in the field participated in roundtable discussions.