Russ Shaw, the founder of Global Tech Advocates, led a delegation of 50 tech leaders from ten countries around the world to China for a week of events, tours and networking opportunities with Chinese investors and entrepreneurs.
The inaugural GTA Festival was delivered in partnership between Tech London Advocates and Tech Shanghai Advocates and sought to create new insights and connections between international tech leaders, investors and their counterparts in two to China’s largest cities.
The Festival included a full day event in Shanghai with speakers including the Deputy Consul General for Shanghai, representatives from London & Partners, the Shanghai Science and Technology Committee and a wide range of entrepreneurs from the UK, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Singapore and Japan.
Oli Barrett, who hosts all Tech London Advocates summits, was the moderator throughout the Festival.
Following Shanghai, the Festival included an event in Beijing to celebrate Sino-European entrepreneurs and an event in the historic city of Jiaxing.
The events were interspersed with a series of tours of innovation districts and tech companies in Shanghai and Beijing, with delegates also invited to attend a number of events as hosts of local government bodies.
The GTA Festival was the largest event ever hosted by Global Tech Advocates and is the first in what will become an annual series, bringing the international community together in tech hubs around the world.
Global Tech Advocates evolved from Tech London Advocates, and now spans 16 of the world’s fastest growing tech hubs and regions and represents more than 12,000 tech leaders, experts and investors.
Seven Hills delivered all elements of the GTA Festival, working closely with Chinese partners, CENTI, which runs Tech China Advocates.