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Innovation and Entrepreneurship in China - Opportunities and Challenges for Australia

18 July 2013

Australia China Business Council (Victoria) recently hosted Rob Scott, Director of a Shanghai-based advisory firm China BlueSky Ventures, to examine the current trend of innovation and entrepreneurship in China. Rob shared his observations from his business practice in China to bring to light the changing relationship and structure of the Australia China trade balance. Rob addressed both the opportunities and challenges faced by Australian businesses, who are looking to access customers, capital and partners from China’s rapidly developing market, including the changing nature of IP in China. Please find a downloadable copy of Rob's presentation below.

Rob also provided case studies of two Victorian organisations that have strong China connections, jointly presenting with Geoff Drenkhahn, COO of Burnet Institute and Gary Mackenzie, CEO of Valleyarm. Building upon a 20 year history of collaboration with Chinese medical researchers and institutions, Burnet Institute is now looking to China as a base for the translation and commercialisation of its research. As Asia Pacific’s leading digital distributor, Valleyarm has won the 2012 Victoria winner of the iAwards for New Media and Entertain Please fina a downloadable copy of Gary Mackenzie's presentation below.

Rob Scott was the former Queensland State Leader of Ernst & Young’s China Business Group working for Australian SME clients entering the China market and for major Chinese clients (such as Guangdong Power and Yunnan Copper) facilitating their investment in Australia. He has a 15 year history of successfully working in the international trade and investment sector and his China Bluesky Ventures is assisting fast growth Australian companies doing business in China and Chinese investors entering the Australian and international markets.

Special thanks to Ernst & Young for hosting this event.

Download Rob Scott's and Gary Mackenzie's presentations below:

See the documents below:
  • Copy1Gary_Mackenzie_Presentation.pdf