About

Tech Shanghai Advocates

Tech Shanghai Advocates aim to be the largest network of various tech leaders, including start-ups, entrepreneurs, founders, investors, established tech co-leaders, mentors, accelerators, experts and policy makers, working together to grow the East and South China tech sector. Through conventions, communications, and working groups, Tech Shanghai Advocates provides entrepreneurs, and tech professionals with access to Advocates around the world.

Tech Shanghai Advocates’ vision is to be the leading driving force and global ecosystem platform for tech collaboration and growth in both China and cross-border level, as well as, to be the gateway to/from other global tech hubs, exerting competitive advantages in technological innovation, talent aggregation, globalisation, and financial centre of Shanghai, championing the East and South China as a global tech, innovation and capital hub internationally.

Tech Shanghai Advocates’ mission is to expedite the transformation and upgrading of technology for companies in East, South and even whole China, through connecting the technology, enterprises and capital worldwide. Tech Shanghai Advocate strives to fully leverage the resources and support across the strong global networks formed by Global Tech Advocate (GTA), by stimulating collaboration across the GTA global tech ecosystem, among start-ups and investors, corporates, the public sector, universities worldwide.

JOHN ZAI, FOUNDER and Chairman of Tech Shanghai Advocates

  • Founded Cocoon Networks in 2015 until he left to continue his vision at CENTI in 2018
  • Ambassador for London Tech Week and a mentor on the Mayor’s International Business Programme
  • One of the UK’s top 5 Asian Investors by the UK Business Angels Association

John has been active in the Sino-Europe equity investment field, especially for the growth and development of start-ups in the technology industry. He is committed to promote technology innovation and collaboration between Europe and China through technology transfer by connecting domestic and overseas capital markets. Over the years, John and his team have already established close cooperative relations with various government agencies, universities, investment institutions, and big cooperates in China and Europe.

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Global Tech Advocates

Global Tech Advocates (GTA) is a not-for-profit organisation which licenses a business model to companies who want to create private sector led communities of tech ecosystems in different parts of the world.
A key aim of GTA is to promote important, world-leading tech ecosystems and connect the diverse tech leaders, experts and professionals in each of its ‘sibling’ networks to other international tech networks. All Advocates in each community are volunteers who have a passion and enthusiasm for building and supporting tech communities.

GTA is the parent company of Tech London Advocates, Tech North Advocates, Tech Belfast Advocates, Tech Bay Area Advocates, Tech Nordic Advocates, Tech Singapore advocates, as well as Tech Shanghai Advocates.