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Sunday 15 March 2020 (All day)

VIVA British Student Innovation & Entrepreneurship Competition is a Business Forum with a Student Business Competition that will be hold by Chinese Business Innovation Society with UCL Entrepreneurship Society and UCL School of Management during 2019/2020. This conference is also supported by UCL Innovation & Enterprise.

The conference will take place on the 15th March 2020, at IOE Bedford Way 20 W3.01.

There will be also a forum with 3 well-known Keynote Speakers and 5 angle and VC investors as our honorable judges. Also, 30+ professionals from all industries, such as business, law, and politics, will also be invited as well. This will be a great opportunity for students’ networking.

Keynote Speakers:

Bo Ji
Assistant Dean & Chief Representative for Europe at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB)
TEDx speaker
Founder of China Start and China CEO

He is a Chinaprenuer, and a game changer in the global startup ecosystem. CKGSB is a top business school with more than 10,000 chairman/CEO level alumni in China. Bo had an over-20-year successful corporate career in Global Business Development, Innovation, Strategy, Supply Chain Management, M&A, etc. He served as the head quarters of many fortune 500 companies such as Monsanto, Cargill, Pfizer, Wrigley and Mars. After a long corporate life, Bo became a serial entrepreneur and investor.

Xin Chen
General Manager. Shanghai Pudong Development Bank, London Branch
Head of SPD Bank London Branch Preparatory Group
Deputy CEO Agricultural Bank of China (UK) General Manager. Ginkgo Investment Company Ltd, Chief Dealer People’s Bank of China
Representative Office for Europe in London She was a former managing director of different divisions within the Foreign Exchange Reserve Management Department in SAFE

Xingang Wang JP
Former Director in SMBC Nikko
Top 100 People in Finance
local councillor

He was educated at Imperial College London, Oxford University and Harvard Business School. He has 18 years of experience in consultancy and investment banking, and his former employers include JP Morgan, Barclays Capital and Scotiabank. Xingang was also a Director in SMBC Nikko before he set up his own consultancy firm focusing on investment and finance. During his spare time, he mentors business school graduates, advises a top AI start-up and a cultural organisation. He is currently a magistrate, a local councillor and he stood in UK General Elections three times.

Investor Judges:

Chunjing Gu
Jiuzhitang Senior Investment Consultant
KMG Senior Investment Consultant
Cornucopiae Asset Management Senior Tech Analyst

Chunjing joined Cambridge Enterprise as a Technology Associate in the life sciences team in 2012. Before joining Cambridge Enterprise she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at MRC-Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge. Chunjing obtained a PhD in Neurobiology at Department of Pharmacology, University of Cambridge. She helped 60 million pounds financing of 15 startups, and helped XO1 transfer IP with 0.1 billion pounds.

Mattia Mrvosevic
Founding Partner and Co-Chief Investment Officer at Eterna Capital.

Mattia was previously a member of BlackRock’s Institutional Client Business, supporting the development, management and execution of their business strategy by analysing market trends and drawing insights from data and decision-making frameworks. Prior to joining BlackRock, Mattia worked in strategy consulting for four years at Capgemini Consulting UK and Ernst & Young. His role in the Financial Services Strategy Division involved working on different projects for several major clients in the investment banking, wealth management and asset management industries.

Joe Thornton
Partner & Head of talent at Playfair Capital

Previously he was a lawyer in training and then a member of the people operations teams at Google and Facebook, where he spent his time finding and hiring exceptional engineering talent. Since joining Playfair in 2015, Joe has split his time between helping the fund’s founders to scale their early teams and finding exceptional talent for the fund to invest into. He has led multiple deals and sits on the board of a number of companies.

Helen Wang
CEO of BGTA accelerator
Founder and CEO of Cambridge Innovation Academy
Advisory of Chinese and European public and private organizations
Founder of the UK and China Fintech Alliance

BGTA focuses on UK, Europe and China cross continental activities. Helen aslo offers world-class education and research in entrepreneurship and innovation. Prior to BGTA, Helen had years of experiences in the financial industry by working for major global investment banks in London. In addition, Helen remains closely connected to the worldwide investment community. Helen is an advocate of diversity, she is particular interest in women in technology and female leadership development.

Other invited guests include many professionals from various industries:
Yangtze Delta Region Institute of Tsinghua University, Zhejiang Director of London Office
Kaiki Capital Founder & CEO
Launch International Co-founder & CTO
Honey Partnership CEO
Relx CEO
Zeux Founder & CEO
Wevat Founder & CEO
Shanghai University Depute Vice President
Oaktree Capital Management Vice President
Honey Partnership Director
PwC Deals Associate
Macquarie Associate
Dechert LLP Associate
Perfocal Founder&CEO
Barclaycard Account Development Manager
Alibaba Cloud Manager
Tharsos Equity Analyst
Goldman Sachs Senior Analyst
HSBC Portfolio Analyst
Chunghua Times Director
Open Cosmos Head of Business Development
CKGSB Operating Director
CBAIA Director
Conservative Friends of Chinese External Manager

Conference Agenda:

9:30 – 10:00 Register
10:00 – 10:20 CBIS Introduction & Judging Introduction
10:20 – 10:40 Forum Talk 1
10:40 – 11:00 Forum Talk 2
11:00 – 11:20 Tea & Networking
11:20 – 11:40 Forum Talk 3
11:40 – 12:00 Photo & Networking
12:00 – 1:30 Lunch
1:30 – 3:30 Pitching 12 teams
3:30 – 3:50 Tea & Networking
3:50 – 5:10 Pitching 8 teams
5:10 – 5:30 Tea & Break & Judging
5:30 – 6:00 Prizing & Ending & Photo

Tickets Information:
CBIS membership holder Free
Other UCL students 10 pounds
Other Students 10 pounds (please email
Full Price 25 pounds
Premier Student (lunch with guests included) 35 pounds
Premier Ticket (lunch with guests included) 60 pounds