London – 12 June 2018: After a sell-out success for the past two years, the China-UK Hi! Technology Festival returns to Cocoon Networks for its 3rd edition starting today, June 12 until June 13 2018. Cocoon Networks is an investment and business platform connecting UK startups with Chinese capital and fostering China-UK relations. Most recently, Cocoon Networks brought London Tech Week (and a delegation of UK startups) to China via two major London Tech Week-style events in Shanghai and Shenzhen.
The theme of this year’s festival is igniting the future with the mission to encourage a long-term, profitable future for UK-China relations and showcase the best Sino-British tech has to offer.
Together with London & Partners, Tech UK, Tech London Advocates, Department for International Trade, NIO, Yixue Education, BrightTALK, Eduserv, Futian (Shenzhen) District People's Government, LongGang (Shenzhen) District People's Government, Galaxy Incubator and other global partners, Cocoon Networks is expecting around 1,200 delegates, including UK businesses that want to explore China, as well as Chinese investors and business figures. 70 Chinese delegates and senior investment professionals have already confirmed their attendance and particular interest in the start-up showcase.
In true China-UK Hi! Technology Festival fashion, the 2-day festival features keynote speeches and panel discussions with a cadre of highly accomplished representatives from industry, government and academia. Discussions will centre on Trends of Future Tech in China and the UK, Investment Opportunities, Fintech including Regtech & Blockchain, and EdTech.
Keynote speakers include Sunan Jiang, Minister Counsellor for Science & Technology at the Chinese Embassy (UK), Jeff Cao, Head of Asia Pacific at London&Partners, Jianguo Pan, Party Secretary of Guangzhou Municipal Committee, Zhiyong Liu, Deputy District Mayor of Shenzhen Futian District, Julian David, CEO of Tech UK, Danial Shaikh, Consul-Head of Technology, Department for International Trade, Russ Shaw, Founder of Tech London Advocates and Global Tech Advocates, Dr. Angelika Sodian, Managing Director of NIO (UK), Jason Boud, Founder & CEO at RegTech Associates, Lijun Ou, Leading Chinese Incubator Shenzhen Galaxy Holdings, and Jason Zhou, CEO of China Ed Tech Unicorn YiXue Education.
During the festival, some of the most promising UK startups and SMEs will showcase to the Sino-British audience via a pitching series and in the exhibition area at Cocoon Networks, 4 Christopher Street.
Under the theme of ‘UK meets China’ 4 brand new collaborations between Cocoon Networks and highly accomplished global companies will be announced on the 12th of June at the festival, i.e. the new link to TopChain Group, the new partnership with Join and new collaborations with the London School of Economics (LSE) as well as with leading Chinese Incubator Shenzhen Galaxy Holdings.
“We are delighted about these newest high-profile collaborations which will allow us to bring together the best entrepreneurial talent and the key players of the Chinese and UK tech and investment industry. By doing so, we hope to achieve an unprecedented level of technology transfer between both countries”, said John Zai, Founder and CEO at Cocoon Networks.