Cleantech Tour of China

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China Tour 2017

In March 2017, Cleantech Group successfully led its 5th Cleantech Tour of China and took a group of cleantech company executives and investors (who represented their portfolio companies) for three days of meetings and network building. At the core of the tour were 2 half-day showcase events in 2 cities — Beijing and Shanghai. In addition to the showcases, we organized a series of private and exclusive meetings to give tour participants exposure to all the elements of the ecosystem in China and insights into how business gets done.

To see a full list of cleantech companies represented in the two showcases, you can download our showcase brochure here. And for more descriptions of the tour party and the companies represented, you can download our company booklet here.

You can also review testimonials and feedback from our participants here.

2017 Participants

The following 10 cleantech companies were represented by the 2017 tour party:

Greyrock Energy (USA), Hydrogenious Technologies (Germany), Kappstein (Germany), Neurala (USA), Optistring (Sweden), Organica Water (Hungary), Primus Power (USA), Sol Voltaics (Sweden), Wave Rider Energy (Australia), and WorldSensing (Spain).

The 2017 tour party also included the following investors:

Anglo American Platinum (UK), CGL Tech Ventures (Australia), Idinvest Partners (France), and Swedish Energy Agency (Sweden).



Tour Leaders

  • Richard Youngman, CEO, Cleantech Group

    Since January 2016, Richard Youngman has been CEO of San-Francisco based Cleantech Group (CTG). This followed 7 years of driving the growth of CTG’s activities outside North America, especially in Europe and Israel, and Asia, based in CTG’s office in London.

    Richard has more than eight years experience researching cleantech innovation, venture capital markets, and start-ups across Europe and globally. He is a regular keynote speaker at major cleantech events and is the driving force behind the annual Global Cleantech 100, a list of the world’s most promising private cleantech companies.

    Before CTG, he was Vice President of Research & Operations at Library House, where he ran the Research team, which discovered and collected the information about high-growth companies that underpinned that company’s data, analytical, and event services. Before Library House, Richard ran his own advisory firm conducting research and consulting on the measurement and evaluation of intangible assets and intellectual capital for organizations such as the European Commission. This followed nine years building a broad-based finance and research background with leading financial institutions such as ABN AMRO, Barclays Capital and BZW in the City of London. His work was centered on the debt markets and revolved around financing M&A deals and advising clients on achieving alignment between their financial and strategic plans.

    Richard has an MA from Cambridge University, and an MBA from Theseus International Management Institute, Sophia Antipolis, France.

  • Leo Zhang, Senior Analyst, Cleantech Group

    At Cleantech Group, Leo’s work revolves around the company’s core mission in accelerating sustainable innovation. Specifically, Leo supports a broad range of clients across the entire cleantech innovation ecosystem on technology scouting, market research, and advisory services. In addition, he also supports the company’s activities in China, including the company’s annual Cleantech China Tour, which convenes a select group of leading Western investors and start-ups in China for a week of meetings and network-building.

    Leo earned a B.S. in Biotechnology with a minor in Technology Management from the University of California, Davis and a M.S. in Bioenergy from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His graduate work focused on the interdisciplinary challenges in implementing and commercializing bioenergy solutions.



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    • Program Information

      To see a full list of cleantech companies represented in the two showcases, you can download our showcase brochure here.

      For more descriptions of the tour party and the companies represented, you can download our company booklet here.

  • Tour Framework

    • Beijing

      Monday, March 20, 2017

      • • Morning & Afternoon: Individual arrival in Beijing
      • • Evening: Welcome Dinner with the group
    • Beijing

      Tuesday, March 21, 2017

      • • Morning: Workshop #1
      • • Afternoon: Beijing Showcase
      • • Evening: Group Dinner
    • Shanghai

      Wednesday, March 22, 2017

      • • Morning: Workshop #2
      • • Afternoon: Travel to Shanghai
      • • Evening: Group Dinner
    • Shanghai

      Thursday, March 23, 2017

      • • Morning: Workshop #3
      • • Afternoon: Shanghai Showcase
      • • Evening: Group Dinner

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