council-led china delegation hailed as great success
A group of entrepreneurs and business leaders hailed as a major success a one-week tour through China the Bay Area Council organized to promote investment and trade expansion into the world’s second largest market. Council Chief of Global Business Development Del Christensen led the 2019 California Cross-Border Delegation, which included a wide variety of startup and other businesses eager to identify new opportunities in clean energy, biotechnology, healthcare and software.
The delegation included Telesagen CEO Michael John Fero, iGlobal Advisory Co-founder and CEO Helen Li, Meishan California Smart Town Investment & Development President Jeffrey Chang, the Precise Nutrition Founder Semant Jain, Numly Founder and CEO Madhukar Govindaraju, Sillicon Valley Nigeria Economic Development (SVNED) President & Cofounder of SVNED Denise Williams, and SVNED Board members Kasham Iliya and Javan Kweisi-Toure Stewart.
In addition to participating in business matchmaking sessions in the Yangpu District of Shanghai, the Yuhang (Future Tech City) in Hangzhou and the Gulou District in Nanjing, the group attended the City of Nanjing’s 2019 Tech Week. The Tech Week event celebrated Nanjing’s efforts to expand innovation and smart city initiatives, and explored new collaborative opportunities with the City of Jiaxing. Delegates pitched their projects to a variety of investors and startup partners, established contacts with government officials, gained insights from US-China business experts and discussed further cooperation and opportunities with potential investors, partners and government officials.
The Council will continue to serve as the strategic advisory team for these companies as they attract important technology investments from China. With four offices across China, the Council’s business development platform is available to help all Bay Area companies and organizations to access China’s growing markets and attract investment to California. To engage in the Council’s China work, please contact Chief of Global Business Development Del Christensen.