We celebrated a great event on Monday October 12th at the House of Roosevelt in Shanghai. Our hosts, the Association for Corporate Growth, introduced this exciting event and gave way to Eric Moraczewski presenting the Governor of Colorado and leading a panel discussion on innovation in the State of Colorado and how it could be paired with Chinese businesses/investors. Our great panelists included Annette Quintana, CEO of Istonish, Dr. Dana Christensen, Deputy Director of the National Renewable Energy Labs, and Dr. Xiucai Liu, CEO of Cathay Industrial Biotech Ltd. These three panelists brought very different and very insightful thought leadership to doing business across borders and why the State of Colorado should be the first thought for Chinese businesses. Take a look at a few photos from the event below.
Capping off our trip to China were two very busy days in Beijing. With a wide variety of meetings and opportunities, there appeared to be something for everyone (hard to do with a delegation of 28 people from very different backgrounds). We could not have started with a better meeting when we were able to sit down and meet with Haiyin Capital (a Venture Capital firm located in Beijing with a focus of finding technology that can be brought to the China market). From there we attended lunch with the Chinese People's Association for Friendship withForeign Countries (our gracious hosts for the trip), toured Huawei's innovation facilities and had dinner with Ruihua (Chinese partner of Crowe GHP Horwath) which included a beautiful show to go along with dinner. Just when you think big business is all that exists in China, we visited Yuanfen-Flow in the 798 Art District and heard what I would consider one of the more honest and correct views of China and growth, from there we went to visit Juno Capital (a private equity fund focused on Clean Tech) where the Governor signed an MOU between the State and Juno Capital focused on growth of Colorado Clean Tech into China. After which, the Governor did an interview with Caixin Media to discuss the trip and the MOU. Wrapping up our time in Beijing we met with the International Universities Innovation Alliance (IUIA, a program under MOFCOM for bringing in University Innovation from abroad) and closed the week with a networking reception put on by the World Trade Center. Hard to imagine much more being packed in.