AI superpower sets its sights on Sydney startups

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Sydney’s tech startups can be in the front running to do business with China, according to influential business leader, Nina Xiang.

Hong Kong-based Ms Xiang, co-founder of China Money Network, an artificial intelligence-based platform tracking China’s technology investments and innovation, will share industry insights as part of the City of Sydney’s visiting entrepreneur program in April.

“China is certainly the new superpower of AI, and Chinese investors are always interested in cross-border tech startup opportunities,” Ms Xiang said.

“The great schools, educational systems and talent pool you have locally creates a lot of areas for co-operation.”

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the City’s latest series of talks, mentoring sessions and workshops from international business leaders are designed to help local startups grow into global businesses.

“With their knowledge and expertise, visiting entrepreneurs from Asia will join forces with local tech leaders to explore the opportunities presented by the fast-changing world of artificial intelligence as it impacts on business, government and the community,” the Lord Mayor said.

“We’re proud to host this innovative program, held twice a year, in collaboration with more than 50 partner organisations from our local startup community and the federal government.”

Ms Xiang will take part in the program’s launch event, CityTalks Sydney: Our future with Artificial Intelligence and its rise in China, on Tuesday 9 April at Sydney Town Hall.

She will also present a talk, ‘How far ahead is China in AI, and why? on Thursday 11 April at Sydney Startup Hub and join the Asialink insights series panel discussion, ‘AI in Asia’ on Friday 12 April.

The influential businesswoman and commentator predicts the AI revolution will continue to grow and evolve.

“As AI becomes more prevalent, people will get used to it and realise it provides tools to help us complete certain jobs faster and better,” Ms Xiang said.

“We’re already interacting with AI in our everyday lives with personalised news feeds, customer service robots and facial recognition, but we’re still in the very early stages of how AI will change business, government and society.”

The City’s visiting entrepreneur program runs from 8 to 12 April and will focus on AI and Asia.

CityTalks Sydney: our future with artificial intelligence and its rise in China

Tuesday 9 April, 6.30pm, at Sydney Town Hall book now

This event explores advancements in AI across education, healthcare and society. It also discusses how to minimise risks and ensure ethical development while making the most of these technologies.

Keynote speaker is Robert Hsiung, managing director of online learning platform Udacity China.

Equipping you and your startup to succeed in Australasia with Robert Hsiung

Wednesday 10 April, at Midday Sydney School of Entrepreneurship book now

The importance of balancing a multidisciplinary education, lifelong learning and work experience to help student and early-stage startups succeed in Australia and Asia.

New trends in blockchain – cross-chain transactions and the consensus stack with Lon Wong

Wednesday 10 April, 5.30pm, at Tank Stream Labs book now

Founder of ProximaX discusses new trends in blockchain and the opportunities and challenges of doing business in transformational times.

How far ahead is China in AI, and why? with Nina Xiang

Thursday 11 April, 8:30am, at Sydney Startup Hub book now

The founder of China Money Network examines why China has been labelled an AI superpower, the reason for the country’s success in this field, and what risks lie in this fast-paced growth.

Baking ‘global’ into your startup from day 1 with Robert Hsiung

Thursday 11 April, 6pm, at Haymarket HQ book now

Successful founders from Sydney-based startups discuss the importance of creating diverse teams from day one in order to go global.

Asialink insights series – AI in Asia with Nina Xiang

Friday 12 April, 9am, at Stone & Chalk, $25 per person, book now

Understand the AI landscape in Asia, with a focus on China, India and Singapore.

More information

For the full calendar of events, see

For media inquiries or images, contact Belinda Wallis.
Phone 0467 810 160 or email

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Julia Lenton.
Phone 0410 748 039 or email

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