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On July 22nd, Lair East, based in Manhattan, NY, will be leading seven top-notch startups from North American and prominent investors and innovators to join Startup Grind Shenzhen, sharing and connecting with all the innovative powerheads in Shenzhen!!
The backgrounds of these startups include Stanford University, UPenn, Duke University, British Petroleum, AT&T Bell Lab, Cambridge University, Harvard Innovation Lab and other eminent research and business institutes. And their projects range from real-time architecture information modeling, machine learning, aerospace data collection & analysis, modern beehive network, smart CHP system, blockchain social network and other hottest and most promising tech areas.
The mentors that form our panels for this event are also the leading figures, their backgrounds come from TechStars, Mark Zuckerberg's FWD.us, Harvard Ventures, NYC Innovation Collective, Startup Institute, Girls Inc., Venture for American and so on.
John is a connector, innovator, and leader in the NYC tech community. Prior to founding the Studio Project, John developed expertise in accelerator programming via his experiences at TechStars and Startup Institute. John sits on the selection committee for Paris-based NUMA accelerator network and Parallel 18 accelerator, council seats at Sheworx, Mark Zuckerberg's FWD.us NYC chapter, and New York Cares. John also co-founded the Innovation Collective.
Until recently, Galina was the General Manager at Grand Central Tech - New York's premier venture platform that provides a wide array of critical resources for transformational startups to achieve scale. Broadly, her responsibilities have touched program, partnerships, due diligence, people & network. She has specifically been focused on the GCT flagship annual accelerator program and was brought on the team 2.5 years ago to chart the course of the curriculum.
Michael Zhu is CEO and Co-founder of Lair East, which is the first “Tech & Culture” themed collaborative co-working space and global entrepreneur communities on the East Coast connecting work, leisure, and knowledge for the community of global professionals and entrepreneurs in the business of disrupting technology and shaping cross border communications. Michael initiated the first cross border corporate innovation accelerator program with most well-known innovation hubs and organizations on East Coast including Harvard I-Lab, NYC Innovation Collectives, ERA, NUMA etc. to help startups in US with frontier technology expand into Asia and providing cross-border business intelligence with corporate innovation programs and investment funding.
Shaun Johnson is a technologist, early adopter and helper of people. He is the co-founder of Startup Institute, an edtech company equipping individuals with the skills, access and mindset needed to make an immediate and positive impact on the startup venture they join.
Previously, Shaun was an Associate at TechStars, the premier startup accelerator providing seed stage investment and mentorship. Before that, Shaun was a management consultant in Booz Allen Hamilton’s Strategic Technology & Innovation practice.
He has advised companies across the emerging technology landscape, including smart grid energy, healthcare IT, broadband infrastructure & alternative assets. Prior to Booz Allen, Shaun managed metadata and econometrics as a Program Analyst at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Still a lover of sexy consumer web products, Shaun has also helped numerous startups with product roadmapping, getting off the ground and taking market share.
Shaun holds a B.A. in computer science & sociology from Georgetown University and an M.S. in information systems from The Johns Hopkins University.
Mr. Raymond Ngai was former Head of IT Infrastructure responsible for managing and developing the Club's IT infrastructure in the areas of hardware platform, network, storages, web infrastructure, network security, systems software and desktop services to support the Club's mission to deliver world-class horseracing and betting services to the Hong Kong public.
Philip is an Accelerator Operations Expert. His most recent experience was as the Director at VentureOut, the most active international post-seed accelerator in NYC helping startups grow and scale their business. During this time, he advised over 200 startups, ran 30 accelerator programs, and spearheaded a massive efficiency growth for VentureOut’s primary operations. Phil has recently left VentureOut to focus on establishing and strengthening collaboration channels between China and NYC's tech ecosystems.