The Nova Dinner

An exclusive dinner discussion for Key Executives of the technology ecosystem and investment community in Shanghai

Shanghai: China’s Innovation Cluster?


KPMG recently selected Shanghai as the front-runner in its report on the next global innovation centres due to its “growing base of digital media and entertainment companies,” among others. The study highlighted Shanghai’s strong position in terms of the availability of educational programs, and access to tech infrastructure and capital, among other factors.

While the future of the city as an innovation hub is promising, several issues need to be addressed. Restricted domestic labour mobility and strict visa requirements limit the ability to gather top global talent. Shanghai’s rise has also not been unrivalled. The Silicon Delta and Beijing’s Zhongguancun could challenge Shanghai’s positioning as a leading hub at the international level.

We will be discussing:

  • Does the future of Chinese growth lie on technological innovation?
  • How can Shanghai leverage its status as the country’s pre-eminent commercial and financial centre to fuel innovation and entrepreneurship?
  • How can tech companies make use of the Yangtze River Delta economic zone as it integrates into a “mega-cluster”?
  • How can companies in Shanghai attract global talent?

6:30 pm: Arrival and drinks reception
7:00 pm: Welcoming and opening address
7:10 pm: Dinner Discussion on “Shanghai: China’s Innovation Cluster?” initiated by the moderator and continued by the group
8:00 pm: Dinner served as discussion is brought to a close
9:00 pm: Change of seats before dessert

The PuLi Hotel, Shanghai
26F Meeting Room 3, 1 ChangDe Road, JingAn District Shanghai 200040 China

Tuesday, 28th of November 2017

The PuLi Hotel, Shanghai

Attended by:

CEO at C&A Advisors China
Co-Founder at italki
Country Manager of China at Pivotal Software
Executive Director at CITIC Capital
Executive Director at J.P. Morgan Chase
Founder & CEO at 23Seed
Founder & CEO at Automobility
Founder & CEO at Withinlink
Founder & Managing Director at DRP Capital
General Partner at SOSV
Head of Corporate Banking at SPD-Silicon Valley Bank
Managing Director at JR Capital
Managing Director at Parkopedia
Managing Partner at China Materiala
Managing Partner at PurpleSky Capital
Partner at Chinaccelerator
Partner at TD Growth Capital

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