2019 InnoSTARS Chicago Recap

Chicago Preliminary Winner

First Place

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A Strong Start to 2019

March 4th 2018, Chicago: The first competition of the 2019 China InnoSTARS preliminaries was recently held in Chicago. This China readiness competition included U.S. technology companies with Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions for a wide range of end-user markets in China. Co-organized by Mandarin Environment and law firm Polsinelli, and in collaboration with a number of supporting partners, the day-long program included 10 minute pitches from each company with 5 minutes of Q&A, an IOT and AI panel discussion, multiple networking breaks, and a happy hour reception.  

Competing technology companies came from across the U.S. from a wide range of subsectors that include smart city, smart home, smart industry, and smart energy.Judges were provided with a scoring methodology that scores the competing U.S. technology companies on their ‘readiness’ for success in the China market. 

The highest scoring technology companies from the March 4th Chicago preliminaries will be extended invitations to compete against top-scoring companies from other U.S. cities in the semi-finals and finals in China in Oct/Nov 2019. The grand final will be in Changsha on November 20th.  Noting the quality of competing companies in the Chicago preliminaries, perhaps one of the Chicago companies will ‘go the distance’ this year.


John Robinson, Mandarin Environment

Feedback from Technology companies that participated in the March 4, 2019 Chicago Preliminaries

“The InnoSTARS hosted event was a wonderful opportunity to present to a select group of potential investors and strategic partners. These valuable connections will likely lead to robust new revenue streams as well as broad global market penetration.  I look forward to participating in future InnoSTARS events!”
– Rick Latella, CEO, DMRI

“The InnoSTARS event was eye-opening and full of important details on engaging the China market and all of its potential. The components of the competition went far beyond what we expected with plenty of networking opportunities.”
– Lou Vasta, Vasta& Associates, Inc. / EventQueue

“Excellent event, great judges, well organized and a wonderful venue, Thanks for letting us pitch”
– Paul Wever, CEO C-Energy

“Thank you InnoSTARS for letting Parata Solutions present our innovation for smart buildings and the built environment in general. This event was a great event both for the companies presenting , but also for the people in attendance. There was a very diverse group of like-minded professionals. We look forward to future involvement with InnoSTARS.”
– Christopher Nurre, Parata Solution LLC.

“Our team was honored to be selected to present at InnoSTARS this year. We fielded tough, critical questions from the expert panel that illuminated new revenue potential. This is an excellent networking opportunity for U.S. entrepreneurs to develop key partners to access the lucrative Chinese consumer market.”
– Dan Sloat, Kozorazzi Technologies