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November 04, 2013

LOS ANGELES (Nov. 4, 2013) - UCLA Anderson School of Management, China Materialia LLC, a Shanghai-based venture capital and advisory firm, and UC Irvine's Long U.S.-China Institute for Business and Law are highlighting innovation and the emerging Chinese entrepreneurial market in a two-day conference in Shanghai. The event, 'Innovation China 2013,' will take place Nov. 15-16, 2013, at the Shanghai Expo Center, home of the 2010 World Expo. The conference brings together business leaders from around the world to explore the growing influence of China's advances in areas such as IT, clean technology, advanced materials and consumer goods, and what they mean for China and the world.

"Shanghai is a city where entrepreneurial interests are exploding," said UCLA Anderson Dean Judy Olian. "UCLA Anderson's long interest in and commitment to supporting aspiring entrepreneurs and drivers of change bring us naturally to Shanghai, where we can help support tomorrow's market leaders."

The event is aimed at two distinct audiences: multinational technology companies and entrepreneurs interested in learning how to realize their visions. The events on Nov. 15 will feature executives from global companies, corporate venture groups, government entities and start-up companies. Candid discussions will focus on a wide range of topics, including promoting and sourcing innovation, making equity investments, forming strategic alliances, engaging in cross-border partnerships and negotiating joint ventures.

On Nov. 16, faculty members from UCLA Anderson's Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and the Center for Global Management will provide an overview of the business skills and knowledge necessary for aspiring entrepreneurs to bring potential products and services to market within China and internationally.

"In addition to obtaining a rich array of information, the conference is a golden networking opportunity for companies, entrepreneurs and investors," said Dr. Min Zhou, co-founder and CEO of China Materialia LLC, a Shanghai-based investment and advisory firm, and a UCLA Anderson graduate. "It also introduces the business community to UCLA Anderson's Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and its Center for Global Management, both of which are eager to share their experience and expertise as China grows from being a manufacturing-driven economy to one focusing on innovation and development."  

This inaugural conference is a prelude to the UCLA Entrepreneurial Certification Program in Shanghai that will begin in January 2014, according to UCLA Anderson Professor Alfred Osborne, faculty director of the Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. The five-month program, which will accommodate a select number of about 60 participants, includes 10 modules that cover strategy, finance, operations, market assessment and other aspects of getting a new enterprise up and running.

"This new program is designed for those who envision exciting technologies and products and are seeking the knowledge and guidance needed to build a successful commercial venture. Those earning this prestigious certificate will have an advanced level of expertise that will be a great comfort to potential investors," said Osborne, one of 12 UCLA Anderson faculty who will be conducting the on-site and online courses of the UCLA Entrepreneurial Certification Program in Shanghai.

For more information and to register, please visit the conference website at    

About the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies  

The Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at UCLA Anderson School of Management is an internationally recognized leader in entrepreneurial education and research. With a distinguished faculty as its cornerstone, the Center oversees activities that advance the theory and practice of entrepreneurship, as well as the related fields of technology and innovation, venture capital and private equity, and social enterprise. Well known for the impact of its outreach programs, the Price Center fosters a spirit of innovation in individuals, enhances the managerial capacity of organizations and prepares entrepreneurial leaders who will provide significant, sustainable and economic value to society.   

About the Center for Global Management at UCLA Anderson  

The Center for Global Management prepares UCLA Anderson students and the business community to understand, shape and succeed in the complex world of global business. The Center provides conceptual frameworks through which to view various regions and economies and instills in students the necessary global social, intellectual and psychological competencies to become truly global citizens.  

About UCLA Anderson School of Management   

UCLA Anderson School of Management is among the leading business schools in the world, with faculty members globally renowned for their teaching excellence and research in advancing management thinking. Located in Los Angeles, gateway to the growing economies of Latin America and Asia and a city that personifies innovation in a diverse range of endeavors, UCLA Anderson's MBA, Fully-Employed MBA, Executive MBA, Global Executive MBA for Asia Pacific, Global Executive MBA for the Americas, Master of Financial Engineering, doctoral and executive education programs embody the school's Think In The Next ethos. Annually, some 1,800 students are trained to be global leaders seeking the business models and community solutions of tomorrow. Follow UCLA Anderson on Twitter at or on Facebook at 

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