Startup Grind Suzhou


Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We nurture startup ecosystems in 85 countries through events, media, and partnerships with organizations like Google for Entrepreneurs. Founded in Silicon Valley, Startup Grind has now hosted more than 4,600 fireside chats since its founding in 2010.

The event is host by International Innovation Hub at XJTLU. The Hub has developed an early stages incubator for the innovative entrepreneurship ideas of staff and students and is in the process of developing a fab lab for prototyping. The role of the IIH is to harness the innovation infrastructure to serve the XJTLU and wider community, whether these are XJTLU staff and alumni and/or external entrepreneurs needing assistance and guidance.

Startup Grind Suzhou has invited Pengpeng ZHAN, Founder of AngelsGlobal and TechAG Capital to share about Cross - border Integration of Technology, Industry and Capital: Trend and Exploration.

Before fireside chat, Theodoros Dounas will host a workshop. The workshop will explore Design as a Strategic activity for Start Ups using the Open Innovation Toolkit of the Mozilla foundation.


Dr Pengpeng Zhan

Dr Zhan graduated from University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He got his Ph.D from Fudan University Law School. He completed his postdoc research at CVCRC. Pengpeng has over 10 years of experience in cross-border investment and financing for startups community.

Dr Pengpeng Zhan is the founder of AngelsGlobal and TechAG Capital, the deputy director of Fudan University China Venture Capital Research Center (CVCRC), a mentor for SORSA Startups Plan, VP of Fudan Alumni Entrepreneurs Club, a mentor for Optical Valley Coffee founded by Xiaomi Technologies founder Jun LEI, a mentor for the CCTV We Are The Hero program, and a mentor forColumbia University in New York.

Dr Zhan focuses on helping global technology startups to localize in China, connecting them with industry resources and investing in them. He founded TechAG Gobi Fund jointly with Gobi Partners.

Theodoros Dounas

Theodoros Dounas is an Award-winning chartered architect and academic, investigating in computation and fabrication in architecture and design, with practice experience in complex buildings of all scales. He is the founding partner of the multidisciplinary office ‘Adventurous Architecture’. He is currently associate professor in the department of Architecture and co-director of International Innovation Hub (IIH) at Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou, China.


  • 6:00 pm Registration
  • 7:00pm Workshop: explore Design as a strategic activity for startups using the Open Innovation Toolkit of the Mozilla foundation
  • 8:00pm Fireside Chat with Dr. Pengpeng Zhan
  • 9:00pm Networking

Workshop and Fireside Chat are both in English.


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