2019 InnoSTARS Overview

2019 InnoSTARS will provide:

  • Preliminaries in U.S.
  • Industry Final and Grand Final in China
  • B2B Matchmaking Services
  • China-ready coaching
  • InnoSTARS community

United States

Mar - July
InnoSTARS Preliminaries in United States

Houston, Texas

May 16 - May 17
U.S.-China Innovation and Investment Summit


Sept - Nov
Industry Finals and Grand Final in China

Application Process

  1. Register online with required information and document at this link
  2. Selected applicants will be invited to present at InnoSTARS Preliminaries in different U.S. cities.
  3. Winners from Preliminaries will be invited to compete in industry finals in China on a sponsored trip in the fall of 2019.
  4. Top 3 contestants from each industry final will compete in grand final in China, November 2019.


for InnoSTARS
Mar – July



before deadline
Two Weeks ahead



by judges & experts



InnoSTARS Preliminaries

semifinal suzhou recap

Industry Finals

in China
Sep – Nov


Grand Finale

in China

Industries of Focus


  • Renewable Energy Generation & Utilization
  • - Wind
    - Solar
    - Renewable Fuels
    - Marine
    - Biomass
    - Geothermal
    - Fuel cell
  • Energy Storage
  • - Super/Ultra Capacitors
    - Battery
    - Thermal Storage
    - Hydrogen Storage
  • Energy Efficiency
  • - Smart Grid
    - Green Building
    - Transportation
  • Upstream
  • Midstream
  • Downstream
  • Other

Information and Communication Technology

  • Software & Services
  • Cloud Computing
  • Cyber Security
  • Technology Hardware, Storage & Peripherals
  • Internet of Things (IOT)
  • Electronic Equipment, Instruments
  • Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment
  • AR/VR
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Robotics
  • Telecommunication Technology
  • Optical Communication
  • Communications Equipment
  • Other


  • Construction Materials
  • Metals
  • Chemicals
  • - Composites
    - Foils
    - Coatings
    - Other
  • Monitoring & Compliance
  • Advanced Packaging
  • Other

Advanced Manufacturing

  • Additive Manufacturing
  • - 3D Printing/Scanning
    - Addictive Manufacturing Machines & Processes
  • Machinery Manufacturing
  • - Abrasives
    - Bearings
    - Bar Feeders
    - Ball/Lead Screws
    - Balancing Equipment
    - Broaching Equipment
    - Boring Machine
  • Automation Equipment
  • Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
  • Electronic Product Manufacturing
  • Air System
  • Other

Medical Device, Digital Health and diagnosis

  • Wireless Medical Devices
  • Mobile Medical Apps
  • Health IT
  • Telemedicine
  • Medical Device Data Systems
  • Medical Device Interoperability
  • Software as a Medical Device (SaMD)
  • General Wellness
  • Other

Environmental Technology

  • Air & Environment
  • - Carbon Sequestration
    - Emissions Control
  • Bioremediation
  • Recycling & Waste
  • Water & Waste Water Treatment
  • Soil Treatment
  • Agriculture & Nutrition
  • Other


  • Genetic Engineering
  • Regenerative Therapies
  • Diagnostics Techniques
  • Precision Medicine
  • Drug Development
  • Vaccines, Blood & Biologics
  • Other


Preliminary Stage Winners: 

  1. Participate in the sponsored trip. (From any U.S. city to China, including: round-trip flights, accommodations for up to 7 days in China.)
  2. Tailored B2B matchmaking services to meet with at least 20 potential partners and investors across China.
  3. Media coverage and promotion in China.
  4. Potential funds and policy support from the local government.

Industry Finals Winners: 

  1. Qualify for the final in China.
  2. Cash prizes and certificates.
  3. National media coverage and promotion.
  4. China expansion support services from hosts and potential funds and policy support from the local government.

Final Winners: 

  1. Cash prizes and certificates.
  2. National media and live broadcast coverage and promotion.
  3. China expansion support services from hosts and potential funds and policy support from the local government.

Rules & Eligibility

  • The Applicant must be a representative of a registered U.S. company with innovative technologies or products that have been or can be commercialized.
  • Application must feature a technology that falls under one or more of the focus industries and is not controlled under U.S. Export Control laws.
  • Products, technologies, patents, and control of IP or exclusive licensing rights must be owned by the Applicant, or his/her company, and must not have any potential or outstanding IP ownership disputes.
  • The Applicant must have an interest to seek Chinese investment and/or explore the Chinese market.
  • The Applicant is committed to continuing the development of products and technologies with the intent to further commercialize these assets in the foreseeable future.
  • Revenue generation and profitability are preferred but not required.

InnoSTARS Support

For any questions regarding InnoSTARS Competition which are not addressed in the Q&A below, please contact us at info@uschinainnovation.org

Please check the Rules & Eligibility section above.

UCIA recommends you to upload the business plan. Please Click Here to download the template.

Yes. There’s no restriction on which preliminary you want to participate.

Yes, you must have a strong intention to explore the Chinese market

Each applicant can only represent one company.

a) All stages of the competition may be open to the public at large. Any and all of these stages may be broadcast to interested persons through media, which may include radio, television and the Internet. The Competition Materials should be considered information that could possibly enter the public realm, and Applicants should not assume any right of confidentiality in any data or information discussed, divulged, or presented in these Stages.

b) Due to the nature of the competition, the Hosts will not be able to ask judges, staff, or the audience to agree to or sign Non Disclosure Statements. The Hosts will, however, make every effort to limit distribution of Competition Materials presented at the competition. The Hosts cannot guarantee that other individuals will not obtain access to electronic or hard copies of the Competition Materials. All presentations are open to the general public, and some presentations may be videotaped. Attendance by media personnel is expected.

c) The Hosts or its affiliates may pass on any Competition Materials to their venture capital and other commercial partners on a non-confidential basis.

No, the prizes are equity-free cash.

No, you don’t need to be registered in China to compete.

Yes, qualified non-winner companies can join the roadshow trip to China without sponsorship.

Foreign citizens generally need a visa to visit China’s mainland.

U.S. citizens must obtain a visa before arrival in China. You are not eligible for a landing visa.

You will receive a confirmation email once your application is approved.

Once you receive a notification email from us, you will be assigned projects according to the focus industries of your choice.