BCAIA Berkeley Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum

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Gain insight from industry leaders on innovation and entrepreneurship!

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Dear Participants,

We are delighted to inform you that the 2021 Berkeley Chinese Alumni International Association (BCAIA) Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum will be held on Sat, April 17th, via Zoom from 6:00-9:00pm PST; Beijing Time: Sunday, April 18th, 9:00 am-12:00 pm.

BCAIA, a CAA Berkeley Outstanding Alumni Club of the Year, was formed to facilitate business, cultural, and academic ties between UC Berkeley, Silicon Valley, and Greater China.

BIEF cultivates a resourceful entrepreneurial startup network for UC Berkeley alumni, students and friends/supporters to connect, collaborate, and build successful next-generation startups to make positive changes across the globe without borders. We also have partnerships with ZGC Development Group and INSEAD which we share best practices and insights in entrepreneurship and US/China Collaborations.

This event will showcase Berkeley and SF Bay Area’s innovation & entrepreneurship ecosystem. You will have the opportunity to build a strong startup community composed of leaders and professionals, engage a global network of entrepreneurs affiliated with UC Berkeley, and network with industry experts and tech professionals.

We hope to see you there!

Event agenda

  • Opening & Remarks- 15min
  • Keynote 1 (15 min)- Research Innovations & Global Cooperation- Dr. Randy Schekman, 2013 Nobel Prize Winner in Medicine/Physiology
  • Keynote 2 (15 min)- Latest Innovations in the Fight Against COVID 19- Dr. Cheng Liu, CEO & Founder of Eureka Therapeutics
  • Keynote 3 (15 min)- Global Innovation Platform- Sophia Dou, ZGC Capital Corp.
  • Break- 5 min
  • Keynote 4 (20 min)- Fireside Chat: The Making of a Super Unicorn- Dr. Reynold Xin, Co-Founder, Databricks; Richard Chan, Ironfire Ventures (moderator)
  • Keynote 5 (20 min)- Fireside Chat: The Future of Growth- Nick Wakefield, Facebook Head of Growth Data Engineering; Simon Zhang, Co-founder & CEO of GrowingIO
  • Break- 5 min
  • Panel- (30 min)- Berkeley Global Entrepreneur Network- How to Succeed as Entrepreneurs; Kai Mai (BCAIA SV Chapter); Ran Bi (BCAIA Beijing); Daniel Xie (BCAIA Wuhan); Joe Zhao (BCAIA Shenzhen); Russell Saito (Berkeley Club of Japan); Claudia Lin (CEO of Jade Biomedical)
  • Conclusion & Networking


Randy Schekman

  • 2013 Nobel Prize Winner in Medicine/Physiology
  • Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at University of California, Berkeley
  • Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Cheung Liu

  • CEO/Founder of Eureka Therapeutics
  • Former Principal Scientist at Novartis

Sophia Dou

  • Vice President of ZGC Capital Corp.
  • Co-Founder of Reading Technology, LLC

Reynold Xin

  • Co-Founder, Databricks
  • Top contributor to the Apache Spark Project

Richard Chan

  • Founder of Ironfire Ventures
  • Mentor at Microsoft Ventures in Beijing

Nick Wakefield

  • Facebook Head of Growth Data Engineering
  • Former Head of Data and Analytics at

Simon Zhang

  • Co-founder & CEO of GrowingIO
  • Former LinkedIn Sr. Director of Business Analytics


Chuck Ng

  • President of Berkeley Chinese Alumni Int'l Assoc. (BCAIA)
  • President of Asia Society Young Leaders Group

Christina Zhong

  • Co-President of BCAIA Ambassadors Program

Vanessa Auyong

  • Co-President of BCAIA Ambassadors Program

Howard Li

  • Vice President of External Affairs

Marshall Li

  • Vice President of Operations

Jennifer Chen

  • Vice President of Marketing

Claire Liu

  • Vice President of Internal Affairs

And thank you to the BCAIA Ambassador Team!!


  • ZGC Development Group

Supporting Partners

  • Senator Rex Zhang
  • Senator Samuel Peng
  • LEAP Career Development Forum
  • Tsinghua University
  • Peking University
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Fudan University
  • University of Science and Technology of China
  • Zhejiang University
  • Chinese People Union
  • Berkeley Chinese Students And Scholars Association
  • Chinese Graduate and Postdoctoral Scholars Association
  • University of California, Davis
  • Cal Alumni Association
  • SVForum 100

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