Attention Startups: Apply Now for US-China Innovation/Investment Summit

  • WHAT: US-China Innovation/Investment Summit
  • WHEN: May 16-17 in Houston (May 18th in Austin, Dallas and Houston)
  • WHY: This Summit helps U.S. companies connect with investors and partners from China for investment, manufacturing capabilities and market access.
  • WHERE: OMNI Hotel, Houston, Texas

Are you raising next round of capital?

Are you looking for affordable manufacturing with faster output and better service?

Have you thought of licensing your technology overseas?

Are you interested in the China market, which is the largest market in the world by population?

If you answered “Yes” to any one of these questions, this Summit is for you.

G51 Amplify is proud partner with UCIS and provide the following opportunities:

UCIS B2B Matchmaking Meeting (pre-matchmaking: Now to May, Meeting: May 17th (3:30pm – 6pm): Prior to the summit, the Summit committee will match projects with appropriate investors or corporations from China based on mutual interest. Matched companies and investors will have the opportunity to have one-on-one in-depth conversation on May 17th. If you are interested in this opportunity:

  1. Fill out the quick survey here  and
  2. Send your company’s executive summary and slide deck to (name your email subject “matchmaking submission_your company name”).

Note: We don’t require summit registration to submit matchmaking request. Once you decide to attend the event, you can register at the Summit website .

Exhibition (May 17th: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm)

UCIS provides a limited number of showcase tables for technology companies to showcase their products and companies. For more information, please visit the exhibition link here.

What is UCIS?

[Source: UCIS 2016]

[Source: UCIS]

UCIS is an international business conference hosted by US China Innovation Alliance (UCIA) in partnership with Houston Technology Center (HTC), Greater Houston Partnership (GHP), the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), Texas Medical Center (TMC), and a few other organizations in U.S. and China. The goal of UCIS is to facilitate U.S. Technology companies (including start-ups) in connecting with partners from China. In the past decade, business exchanges between the U.S. and China has grown many folds and demand for such exchange continues to surge among small and medium enterprises. By facilitating easy communication and valuable contact with Chinese counterparts, UCIS provides a platform for U.S. Companies looking for Chinese investment and market access. UCIS also works with Chinese investors and identify investment opportunities among the latest technologies and product developments in the U.S.

Who will come?

More than 150 Chinese investors, leading companies and incubators/accelerators from China and estimated more than 200 technology firms from the U.S. will be attending the 2016 U.S. China Innovation and Investment Summit.

How to get involved?

For more information, please visit the US-China Innovation/Investment Summit site 

To register, click here.

To submit your project, click here.


For more Information about how to submit your investor pitch deck to G51 to leverage our Global Network (free for startups), visit our Entrepreneurs page.


Contact information:

Accommodation: Summit Hotel, Omni Houston Hotel provides discounted rate for all summit attendees. Please book through this link:


Top 3 Innovation Insights (ww 5): Uber, Mindsets & Micro-Innovation

The following articles are the Top 3 Innovation Insights this week (ww5) with a brief snapshot summary of their strategic importance to your firm.

Don’t Rush Innovation: What to Learn from the Uber Business Model (CBR)

Snapshot: New companies now aspire to be the “Uber of _____” (fill in the blank) because this unicorn leader has blazed a trail with a disruptive business model. Neil Sholay, Head of Digital at Oracle, discusses what the challenges are for tech companies and non-tech companies to innovate.

Strategic Impact: Given the rapid pace of innovation, well-established companies and emerging ones need to determine what it would take to accelerate digital transformation: how “an organization starts to use digital technologies – not for technology’s sake – but to incorporate them into their strategy and build new business models enabled by these technologies.” Companies need to balance R&D investment with the need to prove the market value to their customers. Click here to read the full article.


[Source: Forbes]

[Source: Forbes]

4 Mindsets for Thinking About Innovation in –and Competition from – China (Forbes)

Snapshot: Although China is behind the USA in certain technologies (SaaS, AR/VR and healthcare), there are areas that US companies can learn from and learn about China: mobile payments, travel and O2O (online to offline commerce). DJI and WeChat are only two examples of China- based companies that are leading their industries in their respective domains (drones and social networks).

Strategic Impact: Connie Chan, partner at Andreessen Horowitz, cites 4 mindsets that can help US companies innovate and compete with China-based companies worldwide:

  1. Rethink the definition of “innovation.”
  2. Rethink “scale” and “scaling.”
  3. Rethink the nature of competition.
  4. Rethink what “local” advantage means.

The complete article is available here.


[Source: (STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)]

[Source: (STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)]

Why Micro-Innovations Should be at the Core of Your Digital Transformation (Forbes)

Snapshot: The biggest innovations often start out small. Micro-innovations take less time, less R&D and can quickly glean market feedback to iterate toward success. This approach also allows large companies to diversity across different technologies and/or markets without putting all the eggs in one basket. However, improving collaboration is the key to micro-innovation.

Strategic Impact: There are several ways which your team can pursue micro-innovations to develop a sustained competitive advantage:

  • Facilitate brainstorming across departments.
  • Invest in employee training that aligns with strategic objectives.
  • Encourage everyone to speak up to develop ideas.

To read about other ways to spark micro-innovations through collaboration, click here.

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If you’re interested in how to provide innovation training and/or foster an entrepreneurial mindset in your company, contact us.

[Ed Valdez is Vice President of Global Business Strategy at G51.]