Chinese Language Station Links Entrepreneurs to Silicon Valley Investors

Chinese Language Station Links Entrepreneurs to Silicon Valley Investors

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Ding Ding TV and Hua Yuan Science and Technology Association, or “HYSTA” – have jointly launched Battle Silicon: a platform for entrepreneurs to compete with one another and interact with investors, and the first Chinese reality television show set in Silicon Valley. The half-hour program, in both English and Chinese, serves as a bridge between the business environments of the United States and China.

Balancing experience with innovation, each episode of Battle Silicon invites established Silicon Valley venture capitalists – such as Jack Jia of GSR Ventures and Dr. Hsing Kung and Sandy Chau of Acorn Campus Ventures – as judges of young businesses. For ambitious entrepreneurs across the Silicon Valley, Battle Silicon provides an unparalleled opportunity for potential mentorship from the region’s greatest business minds. The judging group brings in high tech mavens such as Dr. H. P. Jin (Co-Founder of TeleNav); biotech pioneers like Dr. Wei Zhou (founder of Centrillion Biosciences); and founder of Fortinet and NetScreen Ken Xie, one of several successful entrepreneurs.

Similarly, for savvy investors, Battle Silicon provides the opportunity to evaluate innovative projects in their infancy. Interested organizations have already begun working with Battle Silicon, with the show receiving seed funding from the Acorn Campus Suma Fund through their Great Wall Strategy. Additionally, the US-China Association of High-level Professionalsbecame the first partner of Battle Silicon, with additional VCs and high-tech groups having committed their support to the program.

Co-produced by both Diana Ding of Ding Ding TV and Leslie Yuen of HYSTA, the show is unique in its partnership. HYSTA was established in 1999 by a group of Chinese entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley with the hope of sharing their experience and knowledge with young Silicon Valley innovators. Today, HYSTA is the leading Chinese professional organization in the region, having become a trusted link between young talent and those with years of wisdom. HYSTA is also a valuable partner for businesses interested both in China and in accessing the vibrant Chinese business community in Silicon Valley.

Ding Ding TV has been Silicon Valley’s innovation channel since 2009, as the first Chinese American Internet television station in the U.S. To date, CEO Diana Ding has produced over 2,000 shows that have aired on the Internet and Comcast channel 172, and have reached over 900,000 Bay Area households, with more than 10,000,000 viewers on the Internet.

Ding Ding TV is particularly known for its talk show “Innovation Dialog,” as well as other business-oriented programming, as Ms. Ding’s background is one of entrepreneurship. “When I started Ding Ding TV,” she states, “I encountered the same issues that emerging Silicon Valley businesses run into every day.” She has long desired to bring together entrepreneurs with business leaders for mentorship and support. Detailing her own experiences in business, she continues, “The connections that we made early in the history of Ding Ding TV have made us the company we are today.”

Looking forward, Ms. Ding hopes to create programming that allows professionals to collaborate, especially internationally. Indeed, Battle Silicon will showcase innovation to millions of Chinese investors through its online presence. With their emphasis on collaboration and forward thinking, Battle Silicon, HYSTA, and Ding Ding TV could all be said to truly embody the spirit of Silicon Valley.