Startups Pitch Globally as Nanjing Tech Week Goes Virtual

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With travel still restricted across the globe, entrepreneurs and investors are searching for new ways to connect for cross-border opportunities. The Bay Area Council’s China office assisted five early-stage startups expand their presence in China, helping them participate in a pitch event hosted by the Gulou District of Nanjing and the city’s Foreign Affairs Office as part of the annual Nanjing Tech Week. The virtual event centered on the theme of “Understanding City Innovation” and emphasized open cooperation with over 20 overseas countries and regions. The week-long event showcased 460 new technologies, landmark projects, and solutions for local developments, and presented 25 webinars on a range of topics.

The five startups the Council worked with included Phononic Vibes, PixMoving, Pontic Technologies, Prime Roots and Vintro, all of whom pitched their technologies via video to over 100 investors and business leaders.

The Council extends its thanks to Executive Committee members Sam Hawgood, Chancellor of UC San Francisco; Sarah Krevans, President and CEO of Sutter Health; and Rick Welts, President of the Golden State Warriors, for providing pre-recorded welcome remarks.

While delegations and business travel will likely be limited due to COVID-19, businesses and startups can still find ways to overcome these challenges and grow globally. The Council remains committed to supporting California businesses navigate the global uncertainty and understand China. For more information, please contact Director of Global Initiative Alex Foard.

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