Investment | Crayfish Accelerator Workshop - Engaging with Chinese Investors

China is increasingly becoming a source of investment for tech businesses especially in sectors that fit with China’s strategic goals, such as advanced manufacturing, medical device, new materials, semiconductor and IT. However, there are some distinct requirements from Chinese investors that Western entrepreneurs should be aware of and aim to address, if they would like to increase the likelihood of success of raising funding from the China. We will talk you through these and provide you practical tips to help you prepare your pitching deck. We will also help you distinguish among the potential investors so you can focus only on those who are likely to invest in you.


Crayfish workshops are specifically designed to look at a particular issue each time from a real-world perspective. Conducted by UK-China business experts, the workshops are highly practical, interactive and illuminating.



Ting Zhang

Ting is the Founder & CEO of, a full service provider for better engagement with China powered by technology. She has 20+ years experience of UK-China international business, trade and investment and has personally guided many British entrepreneurs and helped them achieve better results in doing business with China. Before founding, Ting ran one of the most reputable China specialist consultancies in the UK. In recent years, she had also been engaged by some Chinese technology companies to help expand into the European market through M&A and partnership. She was a China Venture Partner for Prime Ventures, a leading European VC, focusing on opportunities presented by the rapid economic growth of China. Ting is an experienced speaker on China and has published several articles on Chinese business issues.

Dr Jian Cao

Dr Jian Cao is a Partner at the UK China Enterprise Fund and a Director of RTC Innovation. He has Led £25million of venture capital investments in the past 5 years, having invested and incubated tens of high-tech companies in the UK including Oxford Multi Spectral, Oxford Vacmedix, OxEML, Oxford PV, 3D Engine, Silicon Fuel and OXSIGHT. He serves as a director on the boards of a number of technology companies too. Jian has experience in both technical and commercial roles. His research experience was gained at companies including Corus (UK), Israel Aircraft Industries, IMRA (Japan) and Shougang Research Institute of Technology (China). He has also worked as an accountant for China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation. Jian holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and MSc Computing from the University of Birmingham.


About Crayfish Accelerator Programme

Crayfish Accelerator Programme is the first ever funded initiative in the UK to help tech startups and small businesses get ‘China-ready’, providing a crucial combination of money and hand-holding: a strategic Chinese investor to fund China market entry and all the necessary training, business expertise and service delivery capabilities to facilitate it. The current sector focus of the Programme is medical devices, advanced manufacturing and new materials, and will be soon expanding to cover Internet of Things and semiconductor. For more information on Crayfish Accelerator Programme and how to apply, please click here to visit on our website.


Agenda of the event:

5:00 pm - Registration

5:15 pm - Welcome and Introduction about Crayfish Accelerator Programme, by Ting Zhang, Founder & CEO,

5:30 pm - "What Chinese investors are looking for in UK tech startups", by Dr Jian Cao, Partner, UK China Enterprise Fund

6.00 pm - Networking session

7.00 pm - The end