Between 2007 and 2010, Cleantech Group hosted six Cleantech Forums in Asia: three in China, two in India, and one in South Korea. Since then, CTG has run a number of invitation-only summits in Asia, mostly in China where we ran five China Tours (2011-17).

For this November, we are excited to announce a collaboration with the hosts of CleanConnect, Umore Consulting. CleanConnect is an annual event held in China since 2014, and which we consider the most professional event focused on connecting innovation outside China to the key partners within it.

During this year’s CleanConnect (November 15-16 2018), Cleantech Group will independently run a Next-Gen Energy & Cross-Border Innovation Summit under the umbrella of Umore’s wider event – the overall event having its usual types of focus areas, with 5 mini-Forums: Environmental Remediation, Euro-China Water Symposium, Smart Environment, VOCs Treatment, and Waste-to-Value.

AsiaConnect Week

CleanConnect is part of AsiaConnect Week – one week, two events. AsiaConnect Week is a joint initiative between Cleantech Group and Umore Consulting. It consists of two events:

  • Cleantech Forum Asia in Singapore on November 13-14, hosted by Cleantech Group. More information about our Forum can be found here.
  • CleanConnect in Nanjing, China on November 15-16, hosted by Umore Consulting.

This site is focused specifically on the Next-Gen Energy & Cross-Border Innovation Summit. If you wish to learn more about the wider CleanConnect program and its five 2018 subjects – Environmental Remediation, Euro-China Water Symposium, Smart Environment, VOCs Treatment, and Waste-to-Value – please be in touch via forums@cleantech.com, and we will make the introduction.

What to Expect

The focus of the Next-Gen Energy & Cross-Border Innovation Summit’s program will be a knowledge exchange on:

  • What is happening in China, what are key innovation and investment trends, and the opposite (what is happening outside)? With a particular focus on energy, power and mobility, and with a particular (though not exclusive) focus on data and digital technologies.
  • What are the opportunities for in-bound, non-Chinese companies with innovative solutions appropriate to China?
  • What are the success stories and what can be learned from the less successful in terms of scaling a business in China?

Considerable time within the program will be given to showcasing innovation companies:

  • Chinese companies who are great examples of domestic innovation the world should be aware of, given their ambitions to go global.
  • Foreign companies, recruited from the global innovation call (see Speakers page for more information), who believe they have strong market potential in China.

Who Will Attend?

It will be an invitation-only meeting, with 70-100 participants targeted to ensure the highest quality dialogue in an intimate setting, and to ensure that all who attend will get value from the format and agenda.

We’ve listed some of the top reasons why you should consider attending the Next-Gen Energy & Cross-Border Innovation Summit:

  • You are a China-based investor and/or a Chinese corporation looking to find and connect with some of the best of global innovation (all conveniently located in one place across 2 days).
  • You are a young company at startup or scale-up stage with a relevant solution to this region. For 48 hours, you will have the chance to meet a wide range of investors and corporations not normally all together in one place.
  • You are a public sector agency with a mandate to help companies assess the market opportunity and expand into the Chinese market.
  • You are a financial or corporate investor from outside the region looking to find co-investors, strategic partners for your portfolio companies, LPs for your fund, etc.
  • You are looking to get up-to-date information on innovation trends and players in China for strategic planning purposes.
  • You like high energy, positively-minded and high quality events for people who want to get things done, making good by doing good.


The program of the Next-Gen Energy & Cross-Border Innovation Summit will run across the two days, but the majority of the program will take place Friday, November 16th as follows:

  • November 15th – We will begin in the afternoon and run into an evening reception/dinner. (Note that activities on this day are particularly designed to provide foreign visitors with learning opportunities, albeit others are welcome to join.)
  • November 16th – This will be the main day of the Summit. Some attendees will likely choose to only join us for this day.



Featured speakers

November 15, 2018

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  • Morning & Lunch

    Registered guests of the Next-Gen Energy & Cross-Border Innovation Summit will have the option to join the plenary session that officially kicks off CleanConnect 2018. The keynotes will be announced on the CleanConnect event website once they are confirmed.

  • Workshops & One2One Business Meetings

    All registered guests of the Next-Gen Energy & Cross-Border Innovation Summit will have the opportunity to join a series of interactive workshops. These workshops will be particularly designed to provide foreign visitors with learning opportunities.

    There are likely to be two workshops during the afternoon, as follows:

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    • China Entry Strategies and Experiences

    We will invite a few trusted China-based contacts, people with different experiences and perspectives, to provide their viewpoints on cross-border innovation and market entry strategies, including the dos and don’ts and the pros and cons of joint ventures, licensing, going it alone, etc.

    Participants will hear a range of viewpoints and case studies, and have the opportunity to ask questions on their mind.

    • Legal Matters and Structures

    As a natural follow-on to the first workshop, we will then have a “how to” clinic and interactive workshop based on the key issues that normally concern those engaged in cross-border innovation and investment. We will cover subjects such as: the different onshore/offshore structures foreigners use in China and why, IP protection and resolving disputes, and other key operational considerations for people wanting to do business in China.

    One2One Business Meetings

    The names and short descriptions of attending foreign companies, both those chosen to present within the Friday afternoon showcase session and any others attending, will be released in September and October. Invited attendees from China will have the opportunity to request meetings with them. These will be organized for either Thursday afternoon/evening or Friday afternoon. 

  • Evening Activities

    A limited number of registered guests of the Next-Gen Energy & Cross-Border Innovation Summit will have the opportunity to join CleanConnect’s Roundtable Chinese Dinner and CleanConnect Awards 2018. The earliest to register will have the best chance to secure one of the limited places.

    Contact forums@cleantech.com if you have queries.

November 16, 2018

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  • Innovation & Venturing Trends: Energy, Power, Mobility and Convergence with Digital

    We will hear the perspectives of San Francisco-headquartered Cleantech Group; Inven Capital, an independent venture capital fund backed by a major European energy utility ČEZ, a.s. and the European Investment Bank (EIB); and Tsing Capital, the pioneer of cleantech investing in China, on the key trends within these industrial areas, in China, Europe and North America.

  • From Pilots to Platforms – Perspectives from A Cross-Border Player

    Earth Capital Asia, based in Beijing, will share with us their approach to matching foreign technology with the needs of Chinese industrial players. In so doing, we expect to hear thoughts on what kind of technologies are in demand today and why, and to hear more about demand for fuel cells and the fuel cell platform they are developing.

  • Coffee Break
  • Cross-Border Innovation: A Case Study of Success

    We are all interested in fostering more and bigger success stories in terms of collaboration between China and the rest of the world, in both directions. Our two Chinese APAC 25 companies after lunch will tell us about their global growth aspirations, and following, the foreign companies will share their technology and what they are trying to achieve in China.

    Meantime, we thought to learn from a case study of cross-border collaboration – that of Punch Powertrain, a European company whose stellar growth of recent years has been entirely driven by its successful shift to the EV world and its pivot to focus almost exclusively on the Chinese market. The company was acquired by the Yinyi Group in 2017 for approximately $1B.

    One of the lead European investors will tell us the story, and be open for Q&A, on how this European company managed its strategic goal over 5 years to become deeply embedded in China’s automotive market. The objective will be to tease out learnings that are relevant and applicable to all.

  • Fueling Mobility of the Future in China: Electrons, Hydrogen, Both or More?  

    We will end our morning from hearing two different viewpoints on the future of powering mobility in China in the coming years – where they see it heading in the next 2, 5 and 10 years, including size, drivers, and challenges.

    One perspective will come from Punch Powertrain. As the company provides powertrains to most Chinese auto OEMs , it has a unique view on the speed and direction of China’s EVs and hybrid vehicles growth.

    This perspective will be complemented by Anglo American, an organization who has spent much time analyzing and investing in the future of fuel cells and hydrogen in global transportation markets, with a strong focus on China.

  • Buffet Lunch
  • Next-Gen Energy & Mobility in Focus: Digitalization as an Enabler

    Two APAC 25 companies from China have been invited to provide us two perspectives on digitalization’s power to disrupt and transform energy and transport for the 21st century. They are China-based startup companies with international growth strategies and aspirations.

    • One invitee, EQuota, is a pioneering AI-enabled startup providing energy optimization, predictive maintenance and carbon management for heavy industry, commercial buildings, and distributed utilities.
    • The other, Momenta, provides the “brains” for autonomous vehicles, based on their deep-learning based software in perception, HD semantic mapping, and data-driven path planning.
  • Networking Break
  • The Cross-Border Innovation Showcase

    The rest of the afternoon will see 6 foreign technology companies present their company – their solutions, their stages of development, and what their objectives are for China.

  • One2One Business Meetings

    Invited attendees from China will have the opportunity to request meetings with the presenting foreign companies. These will be organized for Friday afternoon.

  • End of Event


Here’s our guide for planning your trip to Nanjing:

Summit Venue – the Summit will be held within the larger CleanConnect 2018 event at the International Youth Convention Hotel  (国际青年会议酒店)

Hotel Accommodation – download the reservation form below

How to Get to Nanjing / the Venue – some tips for getting to Nanjing


Summit Venue

The Next-Gen Energy & Cross-Border Innovation Summit will be held within the larger CleanConnect 2018 event at the International Youth Convention Hotel (国际青年会议酒店) in Nanjing.

Situated in the Yangtze River Delta region, Nanjing has a prominent place in Chinese history and culture, having served as the capital of various Chinese dynasties, kingdoms and republican governments dating from the 3rd century to 194. Today, Nanjing is capital of the famous Jiangsu province.

Nanjing is one of the five hub stations on the Beijing–Shanghai High-Speed Railway, and as such is well located for access by train, as well as having a nearby airport.

International Youth Convention Hotel (国际青年会议酒店)
No.8 Yecheng Road, Nanjing, China

Hotel Accommodations

International Youth Convention Hotel (国际青年会议酒店)

We encourage you to reserve a room at the International Youth Convention Hotel (国际青年会议酒店), the official location of CleanConnect and our Next-Gen Energy & Cross-Border Innovation Summit.

Hotel room options include:

  • King-size and twin bed rooms are available at RMB 600 per night (about USD $87 per night), including 1-2 breakfasts
  • Suites are available at RMB 900 per night (about USD $130 per night), including 1-2 breakfasts.

To reserve a room, you will need to fill out the reservations form here and email your booking directly to the hotel with the email provided in the form.


International Youth Convention Hotel (国际青年会议酒店)
No.8 Yecheng Road, Nanjing, China

Travel to Nanjing / Venue

By Air:

Nanjing Lukou International Airport (IATA: NKG, ICAO: ZSNJ) is the airport serving Nanjing (the capital of Jiangsu Province) and the Yangtze River Delta area. Carrying more than 12M passengers a year, it serves to/from 45 domestic cities and 12 international cities and is among China’s top 15 busiest airports.

For anyone arriving from our Cleantech Forum Asia in Singapore (the first event in our AsiaConnect Week), note there is one direct flight per day.

By Train:

High speed trains offer an efficient way of getting to Nanjing from places where our international visitors might likely come from, namely Beijing and Shanghai. Trains are frequent but must be booked in advance.

From Shanghai, you have the choice of catching a train from Shanghai South Station or Shanghai Hongqiao (Hongqiao is Shanghai’s second airport, Pudong being the primary international airport). Journey times to Nanjing South station vary from 1 hour 20 minutes to a little over 2 hours.

From Beijing South station, journey times to Nanjing South station vary from 3 hours 30 minutes to a little over 4 hours 30 minutes.

How to book a train / How it works

We suggest using Trip.com (used to be called Ctrip) to book your train. Here is how it works:

  • You book online, and will receive a booking reference (and of course a reserved seat in whatever class you choose). Second class tickets are perfectly fine, but it is up to you.
  • In China, you need to pick up your ticket – you can do that at any railway station within mainland China with a valid ID (this should be the same as the one used for your booking) and your ticket pick-up number.
  • Note that if this is your first time purchasing train tickets in China, you will also need to verify your ID before you can board a train. This can be done at any train station.

All this can be done before your train’s departure – just leave yourself more time!



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