2016 China Venture Capital Winter Summit
November 21-22, 2016
Clear Water Bay, Hainan, China

The registration deadline is Friday, September 30th.

Here in the US, we tend to equate drought with California.  In recent years, California has made the news time and time again for increasingly strict rules on water usage.  To most Americans, even Californians, the idea of water rationing is something that is almost entirely foreign.  Unfortunately, for hundreds of millions of Chinese, water rationing is a fact of life.

China water chartWith a US population of approximately 320 million people, America has total renewable water resources of 3,069 cubic kilometers.  By contrast, China has a population of 1.37 billion people but only has total renewable water resources of 2,840 cubic kilometers.  This means that the average Chinese has access to less than a quarter of the water resources of the average American.  A full 60% of China’s 661 cities face seasonal water shortages, while over 100 cities suffer severe water constraints.  Starting in 2013, the Chinese central government began issuing water quotas to every single province in the People’s Republic.  Many experts predict that China faces a looming water crisis.

Due to the urgent nature of water resource usage in China, both the Chinese government and the Chinese private sector are taking rapid action to address the issue.  The Chinese government is currently constructing a multi-decade infrastructure mega-project called the South-North Water Transfer Project, which upon completion aims to divert 44.8 cubic kilometers of freshwater annually from water-rich Southern China to water-poor Northern China.  Meanwhile, environmentally-conscious corporations such as Alibaba are now building data centers that are cooled by natural bodies of water.

China-person-carrying-waterNevertheless, China still has a long way to go if it wants to use its limited water resources to maximum efficiency, and everyone there knows it.  It is estimated that Chinese capital expenditure on industrial water and wastewater treatment will top $6.8 billion by 2020.  Opportunities abound for American water companies with the right technology and the desire to enter the Chinese market.  However, navigating through the complex landscape of the Chinese market can be very difficult, especially without a local Chinese partner.

Fortunately, Water 2.0 has entered into a new strategic partnership with North America Exchange Center (NAEC).  Founded in 2000, NAEC is a business consulting company that specializes in helping foreign businesses fundraise, setup operations, and apply for government grants in China. Over the years, NAEC has assisted over 50,000 entrepreneurs in a variety of fields, including water technology.  Over the past two years, NAEC has hosted semi-annual venture capital summits in China to help foreign businesses raise capital from Chinese venture capitalists.  In addition, NAEC founded a business culture incubator in the Qingpu District of Shanghai in June of this year with the aim of teaching foreign businesses entering the Chinese market the nuances of Chinese business culture and China’s regulatory framework.

Water 2.0 and NAEC welcome any member companies who are interested in fundraising in China to attend the 2016 China Venture Capital Winter Summit held on the tropical island of Hainan.  Room and board will be provided by NAEC, so the only out-of-pocket expense for attendees is international airfare.  You can register for the conference at http://naec.co/.  The registration deadline is Friday, September 30th.


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Please join our roster of Corporate Members.  For further information, please contact Vincent Caprio vincent@water2.org or 203-733-1949 to discuss.


We encourage individuals interested in continuing our efforts to provide information in regard to emerging water technologies to become individual Water 2.0 members.  Click here to become a Water 2.0 Individual Member.  The annual Individual Membership fee is $150.

Once again we encourage your participation in the 2016 China Venture Capital Winter Summit.