IoT Techconnect

Apr 29, 2019

Detroit Preliminary Winners


Avidhrt Inc.

Seoul Robotics


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 Detroit judges will bring experience in auto and mobility, whereas judges in other cities bring experience in other sectors.

The preliminary on April 29th is one of eight U.S. cities hosting the first round of the 2019 InnoSTARS competition, and the only city entirely focused on IoT with innovations that address needs in the auto sector, and mobility in general.

How much time will companies have to present?

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

Who will be in the audience?

InnoSTARS 2019 Detroit Preliminary is an open event. The guestlist/ audience will likely include judges, corporate and investment partners, technology companies, strategic partners, supporting partners, and attendees of the IoT Tech Connect.


Michigan Science Center, 5020 John R St, Detroit, MI 48202


IoT, with a focus on auto and mobility sectors

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.


April 29th, 2019

5:15PMOpening Remarks & Judge Introductions
5:20PMTechnology Pitches
6:20PMConcluding Remarks
6:30PMEvent Concludes & Networking


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

Jeff Sloan
CEO of Startup Nation
Monica Wheat
Managing Director of Backstage Accelerator
David Bloom
University of Michigan Professor
Serial Entrepreneur
John Robinson
Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Mazarine Ventures
Milan Stevanovich
V.P. Global Strategy at Detroit Chinese Business Association
John Carney
Managing Director at China IP Exchange, LLC
Shawn He
Multi-culture/-industry entrepreneur-innovator, partnership/alliance builder, educator/mentor
Tiefei Dong
Assistant Director
Research Partnerships China
Zhe Huang
Investment Manager
Corporate Ventures at DENSO