“Six years ago, I went to China, I saw no angels,” said Jenny Tooth OBE, Chief Executive at UK Business Angels Association. “It is quite fascinating to see there are so many of them now” Ms. Tooth soon added. China’s angel investments are expanding globally at an unprecedented pace. While relatively new to China, the rise of global entrepreneurship - combined with China’s rapidly growing economy - has resulted into the creation of a new wave of angel investors.
As China enters Industry 4.0, its primary focus is on updating and automating production lines in order to attain long-term economic prosperity. This echoes the country’s new strategy – Made in China 2025. In 2015 the Chinese government started to implement this new strategy, piloting 50 new ventures in collaboration with 94 scientific research institutes and enterprises. Groundbreaking changes have been witnessed in many emerging industries such as Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Fintech, Big Data, Blockchain, and GreenTech.
In this panel discussion, Cocoon Networks Founder and CEO John Zai, convenes leading investment experts to discuss the opportunities produced by the Industry 4.0 revolution and by the Made in China 2025 strategy. The panelists are Langen Shu (CEO, GCL Finance Group Holdings), Shibing Xia (General Manager, Golden Sunflower Capital Management), Jenny Tooth OBE (CEO, UK Business Angels Association), and Puneet Raj Bhatia (Fund Manager, London Co-Investment Fund at Funding London).