Innovation in China: Fast times and faster companies

A panel discussion about the current economic forces and technological trends that are helping create exciting new opportunities for both entrepreneurs and investors alike.

Event Details


Residence of Ambassador, Embassy of Switzerland
3 Sanlitun East 5th St, Chaoyang, Beijing, China


March 04, 2015 from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm Asia/Shanghai (UTC+08:00)


By invitation-only

Fast Company recently published its ranking of the ten most innovative companies in China, the results of which may well surprise you! 

In addition to the usual suspects of Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent, the list includes a real estate company, a logistics company and even a mobile health care start-up. There also features the surprise inclusion of a major American tech titan. 

On this occasion, the Ambassador of Switzerland, Jean-Jacques de Dardel will host a panel discussion on “Innovation in China – Fast Times and Faster Companies” co-organised by Red Pagoda Resources and swissnex China’s Beijing office. Come join us for the moderated talk with Julie Makinen (Fast Company contributor), Frances Du (Microsoft Ventures Greater China Region Director), Ella Zhang (Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers investment director) and Dr. Yusheng Zhang (CEO of Apricot Forest), to find out more about how these companies are powering China’s drive to become a leader in global innovation. We will also be examining and discussing the current economic forces and technological trends that are helping create exciting new opportunities for both entrepreneurs and investors alike. 


Julie MaklnenJulie Makinen is a seasoned and highly respected journalist and responsible for Fast Company’s ‘Most Innovative Companies in China 2015’ article. She is also the Beijing correspondent for the Los Angeles Times and the former Deputy Business Editor for Asia at the International Herald Tribune. She has served in several editorial roles at the Washington Post and the Hollywood Reporter as well as film editor for the LA Times. Julie holds an MA in East Asia studies from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a Bachelor’s degree in Human Biology from Stanford University.

Yusheng ZhangDr. Yusheng Zhang is the CEO and Founder of Apricot Forest, a mobile healthcare start-up which provides a suite of apps that improve the productivity of doctors in China. He worked as clinical research manager at Wellpoint – one of the largest health care companies in the US by number of users – and has also worked at Resolution Health, a leading data analysis company. He completed his medical degree at Peking Union Medical College and graduated from John Hopkins University with a Master’s in Public Health administration.

Frances DuFrances Du is the director of Microsoft Ventures (MV) in Greater China Region (GCR), charged with support and investment works for GCR startups, and dedicated to build MV into a strategic partner for promising startups around the world. Before joining Microsoft, Ms. Du was a founding partner in GRC Sinogreen fund, a China-based venture capital fund focused in green investment area.  As a successful entrepreneur, Ms. Du co-founded JL McGregor in 2005, which is an expert in securities market research and financial consultancy with investors including Goldman Sachs Group. Ms. Du has an MBA from Guanghua School of Management, Peking University.

Ella ZhangElla Zhang is an investment director at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers China. Since joining KPCB China TMT team in 2010, she has focused on investments in Internet, mobile, consumer and enterprise services. Her TMT industrial experiences and rich network sustain her long-last passion in finding out visionary entrepreneurs and helping them to establish valuable companies. Before joining KPCB China, Ella earned cross-disciplinary perspectives from Google, Tencent and UTStarcom as sales representative, marketer and engineer, respectively.


Andy MokAndy Mok is the founder of Red Pagoda Resources, a company that provides complete professional services for start-ups in China. His previous experience includes working for Morningside Ventures and the RAND Corp, where he helped research and publish ‘The United States and a Rising China: Strategic and Military Implications’. Andy holds an MBA from the Wharton School and an MA in China Studies from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies.