China AI Mission 2019

China has also established itself as a world leader in AI and Machine Learning. China’s AI market reached £4.7 billion in 2018, accounted for around 60% of global AI financing. Strong government support, a vibrant tech ecosystem, and increasing flows of investment capital have created the environment for China to challenge the US as a leading global AI superpower. Along with established tech giants such as Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent, China is home to a new generation of innovative AI entrepreneurs and scale-ups.

The UK itself is a world leader in AI/Machine Learning, with a strong University research base, leading institutions and a vibrant ecosystem of start-ups, corporates, and VC investors. With more than 500 AI companies of varying scale, the UK has become a leading global player in developing AI technologies for a range of industries and applications.

The week-long mission will act as a catalyst for collaboration, exploration and expansion of leading UK AI companies in China. The mission will include visits to three of China’s most important emerging hubs for tech/AI industry – Shanghai, Beijing and Jiangs provinceu.

The mission will include a visit to MWC Shanghai, Asia’s leading event for next-generation technology, to network with leading tech sector players and practitioners. The visit will also provide the opportunity to take part in Nanjing Innovation Week, and to visit Zhongguancun (China’s ‘Silicon Valley’) in Beijing.
• Deepen your understanding of the China Tech/AI
scene in Beijing, Shanghai and Jiangsu;
• Attend in the WMC Shanghai 2019;
• Meet leading Chinese AI innovators and hubs;
• Visit China’s Silicon Valley: Zhongguancun Software Park;
• Attend in the MWC Shanghai 2019;
• Engage in 1-2-1 matchmaking meetings with technology buyers and investors;
• Attend networking events organized by CBBC and local partners.
We are particularly keen to hear from applicants specializing in any of the following areas:
• Big data analytics;
• Predictive analytics and machine learning;
• Computer vision and visualization;
• Simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) ;
• IoT / M2M connections;
• Integrated circuits and chip design;
• Robotic process and automation;
• Healthcare AI
• Cybersecurity.

Mission Programme*

23rd June - Beijing
Arrive Beijing and program briefing

24th June - Beijing
Visit ‘China’s Silicon Valley’ - Zhongguancun Software Park;
Tour, pitching session, business matchmaking, and roundtable discussion;
Company visits (TBC)

25th June - Shanghai or Suzhou
Travel to Jiangsu/Shanghai;
Visit AI tech clusters in Suzhou/Shanghai;
Tour, pitching session, B2B matchmaking, and roundtable discussion.

26th June - Shanghai 
Attend MWC Shanghai 2019;
Expo tour to Chinese leading companies, business matchmaking;
UK-China Tech company Reception

27th June - Nanjing 
Visit Nanjing Jiangbei Development Zone and Cambridge University China (Nanjing) Innovation Centre;
Attend Nanjing Innovation Week : UK-China Tech Collaboration Forum;
Pitching session and business matching with local companies;
UK-China Tech Reception (TBC).

28th June - Nanjing
Attend Summit on China AI Industrial Development 2019
Attend Summit on the Development of Life and Health Industry
End of the program

*This is a tentative program and subject to change

Mission Fees
Mission registration is £500+VAT per delegate. The Fee for CBBC members (SMEs) is £200+VAT.

Travel, Accommodation and Visa
Fees exclude any travel and accommodation costs. CBBC will recommended suitable travel options for international flight and domestic transfer, as well as recommended hotel for each leg of the mission. It is recommended that all delegates arrange their own Chinese visa ahead of the mission (further information available on request).

If you are interested in joining this mission, please complete the ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM by 10th May, 2019. A CBBC colleague will review your application and be in touch shortly.

Further Info
Please do not hesitate to contact CBBC with any questions on the mission programme: