The North American rivalry of the 7th 1000 Talents Plan Startup Contest concluded in Silicon Valley, the United States, on July 20 (local time). Of the 11 finalists, the teams from Medabome, Multiversemi, Ampcera, Neuvition, Sensely and Eyecloud garnered the top 6 places. Eyecloud bagged the "Most Popular Project" award. Nearly 500 Chinese and American venture capital investors and startup operators participated in the award ceremony.
The finalists come from a wide range of fields, such as AI, new energy, biomedicine, new materials, medical equipment and comprehensive health. For example, Medabome is engaged in development of therapeutic antibodies, immunotherapies and vitro diagnostic products, while Eyecloud deals with low-power and low-cost wireless AI-on-edge camera solutions.
Zhu Xuehua, science and technology counselor of the Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco, delivered a speech at the event. He encouraged Chinese and US parties to enhance exchange and win-win cooperation in innovation and business incubation. Zhu gave high comments on Silicon Valley as home to large number of global high-caliber talents and expected to see further cooperation between Silicon Valley and SIP which he hailed as "one of China's most active zones for innovation and entrepreneurship".
Wei Zhe, founder partner and chairman of Vision Knight Capital, spoke highly of the event. He said the projects with high technical content and the project developers who are so apt at presenting and marketing their projects have set up good examples for the Chinese startup operators. "I hope those who didn't win in the competition will not lose heart. As long as you listen more to the voices of the customers and the market, there will be chances to win the favor of the investors," he added.
It is learnt that the 1000 Talents Plan Startup Contest is an annual event initiated by SIP Venture Capital Community (run by the financing service arm of ORIZA Holdings) and Thousand Talents Program Experts Sodality in 2012. It is aimed at offering a helping hand to global new startups and teams that intend to start their own businesses in fundraising, marketing and seeking industrial cooperation.
The North American rivalry is the third leg of this year's event. The event will later head to China's Beijing, Chengdu and Xi'an, and the winners in all the six areas will compete in the final of the year.
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