Supported by the City of Melbourne and the City of Nanjing, the Nexus program delivers a unique, prioritised pathway to market for local high tech business looking to Asia for their next stages of growth.
15 - 16 May in Nanjing
During the three days, over 400 participants attended the start-up pitch competition, investors' forum, business matching and Jiangsu-Victoria mayors' forum. More than 40 Australian delegates visited Nanjing as representatives from universities, investors, business, start-up communities as well as government.
60+ start-ups from Melbourne, Geelong, Ballarat, Frankston, Gippsland, Bendigo and Wangaratta, also two from CSIRO, submitted their applications. 15 of them were invited to the Nanjing Summit and 7 of them won the total prizes of $100,000 AUD.
Australian VIP delegates include Sally Capp (Lord Mayor of City of Melbourne), Yuejian Jiang (Vice Mayor of Nanjing), Joanna Bunting (Intellectual Property Counselor Australian Embassy), Jim Rinaldi (Vice Mayor of City of Ballarat), Martin Zakharov (Mayor of Maribyrnong), are Bill Bennett (Mayor of City of Whitehorse)
"Small businesses, enterprises and innovators are and have been, important drivers of our prosperity. Innovation is increasingly a vital element of Melbourne’s relationship with China and is a strong contributor to our further development as a knowledge-based economy. The inaugural NEXUS: Jiangsu-Victoria Startup Summit demonstrates that innovation is global and is a great example of what can be achieved when like-minded organisations collaborate effectively to reach a shared goal."
"Jiangsu-Victoria Startup Summit is an effort to promote our bilateral cooperation in startup and innovation. I believe it will provide a good opportunity for startups to exchange their views, enhance the pragmatic cooperation in economy and trade, culture as well as innovation. As China continues to be a powerhouse of the global economic growth, there will be abundant potential opportunities in the Chinese market. China will adopt a series of major measures to promote higher standard opening-up. "