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Tempe, Ariz., November 30, 2017 - On December 5-8, Arizona State University (ASU) will co-host the U.S.-China Youth Forum on Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Economic Opportunities in Shenzhen. In partnership with the All-China Youth Federation and the U.S. State Department, the forum will pair 50 young American entrepreneurs with 50 emerging Chinese entrepreneurs to share insights on their respective innovation ecosystems and discuss investment opportunities in both the Chinese and U.S. markets. The multi-day event will take place at the Marco Polo Hotel.

Scheduled speakers include Nate Blecharczyk, co-founder of Airbnb, and Terry Branstad, U.S. Ambassador to China, in addition to other Chinese officials and high-level entrepreneurs.  In addition, the young entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to pitch their ideas, build partnerships, secure funding, and create innovative goods and services.  Download Full Image

“The most important part of this will be to make connections with top U.S. and Chinese entrepreneurs, build long-term relationships, and for us to see what the Chinese are doing with accelerators and incubators,” said William Brashears, director of global initiatives at ASU.

ASU has been ranked the #1 most innovative university in the U.S. for three straight years by U.S. News & World Report. The ASU student body includes approximately 13,000 international students, with the largest population—about 4,000—coming from China.

 *To schedule an interview, contact Katherine Reedy at (480) 965-3779 or Katherine.Reedy@asu.edu 

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