“Sodium Energy” Wins 2012 MIT CHIEF Pitch to China Business Plan Contest

By David Li, bostonese.com

Cambridge, Mass. — In the afternoon of Nov. 18, 2012, the Winner of 2012 MIT CHIEF Business Plan contest was announce at the MIT China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (CHIEF) at Stata Center in MIT. “Sodium Energy”, a clean energy project by MIT students Kai Xiang Zheng Li, won the first place award, and the $10,000 grand prize.

According to MIT CHIEF’s website, over 160 business plans, covering tracks from Clean Technology, Healthcare, Mobile/IT, Web to Products/Services, have been received from July 1, 2012. Six of them made it into the finalists and presented their plans at the 2012 MIT CHIEF annual conference.

The following projects are finalists for 2012:

Track: Clean Technology
Luon Energy

Track: Healthcare

Track: Mobile/IT

Track: Web

Track: Products/Services
Novarials Corporation

Wild Card Winners
Sodium Energy, SlideIdea

The list of judges for this year’s MIT CHIEF Patch to China business plan contest include thought leaders in Entrepreneurship research and successful entrepreneurs from US, China and around the world.

William Aulet
Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management
Managing Director, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship

Calvin Chin
Co-founder and CEO, Transist Impact Labs

Jack Jia
Advisor, GSR Ventures

Michael Jin
Managing Partner, TEEC Angel Fund

Wei Li
Principal, Fidelity Biosciences

Xiaojun Li
Partner, IDG Capital Partners

Roy Luo
Special Assistant to the Chief, United Nations Industrial Development Organization

Qing Miao
Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Leadership, Zhejiang University
Visiting Scholar, MIT Sloan School of Management

Fiona Murray
Associate Professor, MIT Sloan School of Management
Faculty Director, MIT Entrepreneurship Center

Mary Nan
Founder and CEO, Entrepreneur China Magazine

Daniel Olszewski
Director, Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship

Frank Pan,
Director of Risk Management, China Merchants Technology Holding Co., Ltd.

Elizabeth Riley
Adjunct Professor, Babson and Olin College of Engineering
President and Co-Founder, Mazza and Riley, Inc.

Edward Roberts
David Sarnoff Professor of Management Technology, MIT Sloan School of Management
Founder/Chair, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship

Graham Rong
Senior Industrial Liaison Officer, MIT Office of Corporate Relations

Alan Song
Managing Partner, Softbank China Venture Capital

Lihan Sun
Senior Analyst, Fidelity Biosciences

Stephen Tang
President and CEO, University City Science Center, Philadelphia

Yinxiang Wang
Chief Scientist Officer, Zhejiang Beta Pharma, Inc.

Yajun Xu
Sr. Vice President, Shanghai ChemPartner Company Ltd.

Xiaolu Yu
Investment Analyst, Tsing Capital

Yue Yuan
Chairman, Horizon Research Consultancy Group

Weijie Yun
Senior Advisor, Northern Light Venture Capital
2008 Entrepreneur of the Year, Ernest and Young

Haifei Zhang
Investment Associate, ZhenFund

Allen Zhu
Partner, GSR Ventures

Richard Zhu
Associate, Tsing Capital