Mar 4-5, 2019

Application Deadline: Feb 18, 2019

ABOUT

In its 3rd year, InnoStars has proven to be an effective platform for connecting U.S. technology companies with prospective partners in China, including sales/distribution companies, corporates, universities, and/or investors. The judging panel includes a mix of Chinese executives based in the U.S. and U.S. executives with substantial business experience in China. This year’s Chicago judges will bring experience in Smart City and Smart Industry, whereas judges in other cities bring experience in other sectors.

The preliminary on March 4th and 5th is one of eight U.S. cities hosting the first round of the 2019 InnoSTARS competition, and the only city entirely focused on technologies with innovations that fit within the broad categories of ‘Smart City’ and ‘Smart Industry’. For City, we expect technology innovations that include: built environment, urban design, and environmental. For Industry, we expect technology innovations that include: process optimization, performance improvement, and environmental technologies. Underlying both City and Industry we expect innovations around IoT, AI, and network connectivity.

How much time will companies have to present?

Companies will have 10 minutes to present, which includes Q&A.

How companies are judged?

InnoSTARS judges in all cities are provided with a single scoring methodology that scores the competing US technology companies on their ‘readiness’ for success in the China market.  Since ‘readiness’ is a relatively subjective measure, the US-based and China-Based judges score the competing US technology companies across 6 categories, including:

1) product/service fit for the targeted b2b or b2c consumer in China

2) business model fit for the market conditions in China

3) the team’s understanding of China and ability to do business there

4) market positioning vis-a-vis competition in China

5) financial resources to manage the China market

6) is the presentation/pitch professional and convincing. 

Ultimately, having an innovative solution is not enough. The companies with innovative solutions that show they are ready for the China market will move to later stages of the competition.

Who will be in the audience?

InnoSTARS 2019 Chicago Preliminary is an invite-only event. The guestlist/ audience will include judges, corporate and investment partners, technology companies, strategic partners, and supporting partners.

Why should companies compete?

InnoSTARS is a market readiness competition that offers an opportunity for innovative U.S. technology companies, across all industries, to demonstrate their readiness for the Chinese customer. Over 1,000 U.S. technology companies have now competed in InnoSTARS with over 200 companies scoring high enough to compete in the semi-finals and finals in China. 

LOCATION

150 N. Riverside Plaza, #3000, Chicago

INDUSTRIES OF FOCUS

Smart City and Smart Industry

Energy | Information and Communication Technology | Materials | Advanced Manufacturing | Medical Device, Digital Health and Diagnosis | Environmental Technology | Biopharma

Applicants from other industries may apply but be invited to pitch in other InnoSTARS events.

AGENDA

March 3: 7:00 p.m. – Judges & Partners Dinner

March 4: 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Smart Cities & Cocktail Reception

March 5: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Smart Industry

March 4th (Day 1) 

8:30AM Registration and Networking
9:00AM Welcome Remarks
9:10AM Technology Pitches A
10:15AM Morning Coffee Break
10:30AM Technology Pitches B
12:00PM Lunch Break
12:30PM China Readiness Strategies: US Dept of Commerce
1:00PM IoT Trends Presentation & Panel
2:00PM Afternoon Coffee Break I
2:15PM Technology Pitches C
3:45PM Afternoon Coffee Break II
4:00PM Technology Pitches D
5:00PM Cocktail Reception
March 5th (Day 2) 
8:30AM Registration and Networking
9:00AM Welcome Remarks
9:10AM Technology Pitches A
10:15AM Morning Coffee Break
10:30AM Technology Pitches B
12:00PM Lunch Break
12:30PM China Readiness Strategies: US Dept of Commerce
1:00PM IIoT Trends Presentation & Panel
2:00PM Afternoon Coffee Break I
2:15PM Technology Pitches C
3:45PM Afternoon Coffee Break II
4:00PM Technology Pitches D
5:00PM Event Concludes

JUDGES

InnoSTARS judges are selected for their China experience in industries relevant to this competition, as well as their China business acumen.

Stephen Markscheid
Senior Executive and Corporate Director
Stella Su
Seasoned Cross-border Investment Banker | Business and Finance Advisor in Growth Strategies | Business Investor
Shawn He
Multi-culture/-industry entrepreneur-innovator, partnership/alliance builder, educator/mentor
James (Jim) Reiman
Arbitrator | Mediator | Board Director | CEO (Retired) | Executive Educator
Bill Liu
Executive Director, Hurun Report
Doug Cameron
Senior Managing Director at U.S.-China Green Fund
Jia P.
Investment Banking
Jim Hurd
Consultant at OneSight Eyeglasses
Jerry Strub
Global | Strategy | Growth | Consulting | VP | EVP | M&A | Interim CEO | B2B
Jonathan Egan
China Manufacturing & Egan’s Whiskey
Daniel Wang
CEO, Jexet Automation LLC
Dick Co
Parallel Entrepreneur, Alliance Builder, Motivational Speaker
Dave Rank
Senior Advisor at The Cohen Group
John Hackett
China Market Entry Specialist
Mengmeng Fu
Managing Partner at Tamarack Advisory
Jessy Wu
Global Marketer, Startup Founder, Mentor, Investor
Chris Wu
Associate at Impact Engine

ORGANIZING PARTNER

VENUE PARTNER

SUPPORTING PARTNERS

Contact John Robinson of Mandarin Environment for inquiries.

Click here to view photos of last year’s InnoSTARS Preliminaries in Chicago and here to download the recap