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October 29, 2019
October 29, 2019
HOUSTON, TEXAS | UNITED STATES
Regional-Level Policies to Promote Business Innovation Collaboration
On October 29, 2019, as part of the George H. W. Bush Conference on U.S.-China Relations, the Foundation convened a U.S.-China Policy Hackathon on “Regional-Level Policies to Promote Business Innovation Collaboration.” Three competing teams were given five hours to develop solution sets to the following question: Given the current tensions in the U.S.-China relationship, particularly at the federal level, what policies can local officials and regional stakeholders in the United States adopt to encourage Americans and Chinese to work together to generate new, value-adding and mutually beneficial innovation in business, trade and investment?
The three teams presented the following proposals in front of a panel of judges and all conference attendees:
Focusing on connecting the U.S. heartland and China, match local resources to international investors’ needs by establishing strategic local-level non-governmental organizations to facilitate matchmaking between investors and communities via a nation-wide platform akin to the dating website, match.com.
Trustee, Wuzhen Institute
Managing Director, R-Squared Global
Retool and reframe existing people-to-people exchanges facilitated by sister city relationships to create local bilateral business trade and investment exchanges via targeted investment parks, representative offices and city-to-city business delegations.
Chief Operating Officer, PhDsoft Technology Inc.
Economist, Port Houston
Assistant President, Coway International TechTrans Co., Ltd.
Managing Director, InnovationMap Inc.
Offer targeted training for local U.S. businesses that entail sending employees on extended-stay business immersion programs (6 months or longer in duration) to work in Chinese organizations in order to build cultural awareness, international business competency and connections with Chinese partners.
Phd, JD, Partner, Arch & Lake LLP, Houston Office
Continuing Lecturer, Purdue University
President and CEO, Innovaum, LLC
CEO, WE Innovation Group
The judges—Angelos ANGELOU, Founder and CEO, International Accelerator; Ying McGUIRE, Global Vice President, Technology Integration Group; and Chris Olson, Director, Trade and International Affairs, City of Houston; and the collective votes of conference attendees—selected the first team’s matchmaking proposal as the winning solution.
Special thanks to our U.S.-China Policy Hackathon mentors:
Attorney, Patents, Trademarks, Copyright
Managing Director, Rapid Response Institute
Deputy District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration