David Thomas, China expert and founder and President of the Australia China SME Association is leading an innovation mission to China in July to help Australian entrepreneurs access Chinese seed funding and support. The mission will comprise Australian entrepreneurs seeking to secure start-up funding to launch new ideas, products and services. According to David Thomas, “The Australian China SME Association has forged a groundbreaking alliance with The Guangdong SME Association in China and many of its members have a strong interest in investing in new technology and solutions from overseas. The mission will connect Australian entrepreneurs with these Chinese investors to assist the entrepreneurs to secure the funding and support they need to commercialise their ideas for the international marketplace.
“Australians are highly creative and entrepreneurial people and one of the key challenges to getting ideas and businesses off the ground is accessing start up funding,” David Thomas said today.
“Unfortunately, Australia is a limited market. Many entrepreneurs struggle to find the funds and investment they need to get start ups off the ground in Australia. As a result, many good ideas fall by the way side and are never commercialised. What many people don’t realise is that because we now live in a global market space, we should be looking for start up funding in other countries, not just our own.
“In July this year I will be leading an innovation mission to China to introduce Australian entrepreneurs to Chinese investors and partners who are keen to invest in and be part of innovative new businesses.
“Chinese investors, like investors elsewhere across the world are keen to invest in businesses which offer solutions to growing social issues such as pollution management, recycling, clean energy and health care.”
China’s major challenges such as pollution, clean energy, healthcare, education and food security are well known and, as a result, sectors of particular interest to Chinese investors include:
- Healthcare, including medical, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, etc,
- Clean, green and sustainable energy,
- Waste management,
- Anti-pollution technology (water, air, soil); and
- Food processing technology and other innovations.
“My goal for the innovation mission to China in July is to assist as many Australian entrepreneurs and business owners as possible to secure the funding and partnerships they need to commercialise and launch their new ideas and products into the market space – the Chinese and global market space,” David Thomas added.
“We will be taking a range of experts with us on the mission to ensure our entrepreneurs have the support they need to secure funding.
“Our goal is to ensure that every entrepreneur who takes part in the mission is successful in securing the funding they need to move forward with their new venture. Qualified and experienced experts in corporate structuring, IP protection, patent registration and local company set up will join the mission to provide support and advice on the ground as needed.
“Entrepreneurs and business owners interested in taking part in the mission need to register with the Australia China SME Association by 31 May 2018.
“ACSME’s ultimate goal is to see more Australian businesses benefiting from China’s growing market through export, investment and collaboration opportunities. This will benefit Australia and our future as a nation if we support more Australian SMEs to promote and sell their products and capabilities overseas.”
The Australian China SME Association (ACSME) is an organisation dedicated to building relationships, understanding and opportunities between Australian and Chinese small to medium size businesses. It provides a platform for both Australian and Chinese entrepreneurs and enterprises to come together for networking, relationship building and knowledge-sharing. It also provides a chance for business, trade and investment opportunities to occur.
About David Thomas
David Thomas is a keynote speaker and China expert, CEO of Think Global Consulting as well as the founder and President of the Australia China SME Association (ACSME). In Australia, David is known as the ‘Thought Leader’ in relation to China and Brazil, Russia, India and China – known as the BRIC countries. He has also played a major role in the Australian China Business Council in NSW. With his knowledge and experience, David has become an Honorary Adviser to the Australia China Economics, Trade and Culture Association and the Australia China Friendship and Exchange Association.
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