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AI Startups solving industry challenges – Sino-German View on Autonomous Driving on 8 October : ABS Satellite Event

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About the event

We are exploring from the German and Chinese perspective how sciencebased AI Startups solve industry challenges. We take a deeper look into autonomous driving as one case to apply Artificial Intelligence (AI). Two pioneering Startups in their field pitch their solution. Neolix from China and Brighter AI from Germany will showcase latest possibilities of applied AI in the automotive industry. The followed panel discussion hosts leading experts from field of AI and Autonomous Driving. Together, we explore what are the respective challenges and how we can learn from each other. We are especially excited to have a sneak preview into Humboldt-Tech Bridge next big milestone, the launch of the HTB Accelerator Shanghai in December 2021. Opening:
  • Keynotes live from Shanghai: Zhao Dong, Director of Business Centre Zhangjiang Group and Secretary of Zhangjiang AI Chamber of Commerce
  • Keynotes live from Berlin: Rasmus Rothe, Founder, Merantix & AI Campus Berlin
  • Sneak preview: HTB Accelerator Shanghai
  Startup Pitches:
  • Scott Zhang, Director Operations, Neolix Technologies
  • Thomas Strottner, Head of Business Development, Brighter AI
  Panel Discussion “Understanding and learnings from challenges in two countries. What can both sides learn from each other?”:
  • Zhao Dong, Director of Business Centre Zhangjiang Group and Secretary of Zhangjiang AI Chamber of Commerce
  • Grace Che, Innovation Manager, ContiTech China
  • Rasmus Rothe, Founder, Merantix & AI Campus Berlin
  • Tina Kluewer, AI Director, Science & Startups
  • Scott Zhang, Operations Director, Neolix
  • Thomas Strottner, Head of Business Development, Brighter AI
  • Moderator: Lars Venslauskas, Director Internationalisation, Humboldt-Tech Bridge

About the StartUps

1. Neolix Technologies Neolix ( is a global pioneer for autonomous driving (AD). Their intelligent mobile food carts and mobile shops are commercially deployed in over 30 cities, e.g. in a project together with Switzerland Post. Beyond that, its R&D department collaborates with world renown institutions to facilitate education of AI and AD, including ETH Zurich and Tsinghua University. Initiated in 2016, this startup is developing at a tremendous pace towards a unicorn with a current value at USD 620 million. This pitch reveals the latest possibilities of applied AI and AD in a practical environment in different countries. Scott Zhang is the Director Operations at Neolix Autonomous Vehicle. In his role, Mr Zhang is responsible for the expansion, revenue and fleet management at the Beijing headquartered startup. His track record covers 10 years’ experience in the automotive, internet and AI industry with vast experienced in developing overseas business from 0 until successful expansions.    2. Brighter AI Technologies brighter AI ( was named “Europe’s hottest AI Startup” by Nvidia. The Berlin-based startup provides leading AI-based image and video anonymization solutions. Based on generative neural networks, brighter AI has developed Deep Natural Anonymization, which protects identities in line with privacy laws while enabling machine learning and video analytics use cases. Founded in 2018, brighter AI made its fast way to the international stage, working nowadays with large corporates such as Cruise, Renault, Stryker and Facebook. This pitch will showcase the latest possibilities of data anonymization and state-of-the-art AI applications in practice.   Thomas Strottner is Head of Business Development at brighter AI. Since joining the company in 2018, he builds up the business development and sales team, supported the founders in shaping the product strategy and is responsible for key clients including Renault, Cruise and Facebook. Thomas holds master’s degree in international business & management. Before joining brighter AI, he worked as a Management Consultant at Capgemini, advising CIO/CTO departments of leading automotive companies.  

About AsiaBerlin Summit 

The AsiaBerlin Summit offers a platform to establish an international startup ecosystem between Berlin and Asia. We focus on the internationalization of startups across sectors such as Smart Cities/UrbanTech, HealthTech, FinTech, industry 4.0, AI, and Blockchain. Besides expert panels and keynotes by investors and startups on Days 1 and 2 — we will have an Embassy Day program planned in partnership with various embassies of Asian countries complemented by cultural programs as well as satellite events during the Summit. Find the full program of the Summit here.  Register for AsiaBerlin Summit 2021 here.  Want to be updated on all the fun we are having at AsiaBerlin? Follow us on LinkedinInstagram, and Twitter for regular updates on all AsiaBerlin activities.


Oct 08 2021


9:30 am - 11:45 pm

The summit is being hosted at the following venue:

Spielfeld Digital Hub GmbH
Skalitzer Straße 85/86
10997 Berlin

Note: satellite events take place at various addresses