Photo: ANZA Gateway to China Participants at Expo 2010, Shanghai

June 16, 2010

ANZA CEO Viki Forrest is currently in Shanghai with five New South Wales companies as part of the Gateway to China pilot program. The companies are engaged in a unique combination of doing-business-in-China workshops and one-on-one meetings with China business mentors. Part of the program included a visit to the Australia Pavilion at World Expo in Shanghai on 15 June. In this photo, from Left to right: Jerry Argyriou, CEO PowerSense; Rob Scott, ANZA program manager Shanghai; Chris Bosse, CEO LAVA; Gordon Fraser-Quick, CEO EcoRiders.

Read more about our Gateway to China program here. Australian companies interested in taking part in future programs in China should contact Viki Forrest at

ANZA TechNet’s Gateway to China Program Featured on CleanTech TV

May 27, 2010

ANZA CEO Viki Forrest talks with Giles Parkinson from CleanTech TV about our upcoming Gateway to China pilot program. In partnership with the New South Wales Government Department of Industry and Investment and Advance, the Gateway to China program will take five NSW companies to Shanghai next month. The majority of the companies are focused in the cleantech space, which offers great potential for strategic partnerships between Australia and China.

Watch this space for exciting announcements about the program and the 5 companies that will be formally announced next week.

If you are an Australian entrepreneur in the cleantech space and would like to be featured on CleanTech TV, click here for more info.

Upcoming ANZA Events in Sydney, Adelaide

April 5, 2010

ANZA is offering two key events in Australia later this month. On 20 April, there will be a clean tech information session for our Gateway to China program open to New South Wales companies considering the China market. This event is free, but you must sign up for it in advance. Click here for details and registration.

On 22 April, Viki Forrest, ANZA CEO will speak on “Commercialising Australian Innovation: A Cultural Challenge” at an Adelaide networking event for entrepreneurs interested in being a part of the discussion about the future of Australian innovation in the global marketplace. This event is free, but advance registration is required. Click here for registration and details.

Contact Viki Forrest at for additional information about either session. Read the rest of this entry »

China Drawing High-Tech Research from the US

April 5, 2010

This story from the New York Times is a few weeks old, but it is relevant to Australian clean tech entrepreneurs considering the China market (as well as their American counterparts). For instance, consider that

  • American companies and their engineers — are being drawn to China as China develops a high-tech economy that increasingly competes directly with the United States (and means double the opportunities for Australians, who may want to partner with a US company, or go it solo into China).
  • The China market is surging for electricity, cars and much more.
  • Western green energy companies in particular are offered many subsidies by Chinese cities and regions.
  • China is leading the way in clean technology research.

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What Will Be Australia’s Role in the Cleantech “Green Revolution”?

March 30, 2010

Australia will be at the forefront of the “green revolution”. To keep up with cleantech news Down Under, we’d like to let you know about an exciting new media platform, CTTV — CleanTech TV. The service will feature regular interviews with Australia’s cleantech industry leaders as well as those from around the world whose expertise will play a vital role in Australia’s cleantech endeavors, as well as internationally. To find out more about CTTV — including how to get your company featured in a segment, click here.

Want to Do Business in China?

March 3, 2010

The ANZA TechNet Gateway to China pilot program is seeking cleantech companies from New South Wales to take part in a free 1-day workshop in Sydney in April. The workshop will address and evaluate each company’s potential for commercializing their innovation in China.

Following the workshop, five companies will be selected to participate in a 1-week program in Shanghai in June in tandem with World Expo 2010. The cost to participate is $5,000 (AUD).

The program is supported by the New South Wales Department of Industry & Investment.

Complete details and registration at this link.

Australian Startup Solar-Gem Brings Light to the World’s Poor

January 21, 2010

Solar-Gem CEO Khimji Vaghjiani won the 2010 G'Day USA Australia Innovation Shoot Out for New South Wales, and was interviewed by Robert Scoble. Photo courtesy of KazzaDrask Media. All rights reserved.

Part of the prize package Khimji Vaghjiani and Solar-Gem receive for winning this year’s G’Day USA Australia Innovation Shoot Out at Microsoft in Mountain View, CA the other day is a public relations package from the Shoot Out PR provider, Nyhus Communications. First stop for Solar-Gem after the competition was a visit with Robert Scoble, who blogs and tweets about technology innovators and how they run their businesses under the well-known moniker,  “Scobleizer”.

Click on the photo above — or here — to watch the Scoble interview with Solar-Gem, and to learn more about their modular solar-powered off-grid lighting and electricity systems, pre-pay tariffing systems, and high-efficiency LED lighting modules targeting the 1.6 billion people without access to power. The need for this technology around the world was made increasingly apparent this week with the devastation caused in Haiti by recent earthquakes, and the struggle Haiti will have to bring clean — and safe — power to its people as the country recovers.