CM Venture Capital was started by two co-founders who have over 30 years of combined work experience in the US, including R&D, venture capital, entrepreneurship and business development. Since founding, CM has quickly localized and built a strong bicultural team and local network. Today, CM’s team of investment professionals have in-depth knowledge of China’s innovation landscape and markets. This local knowledge stems from team’s extensive advisory work for over 200 Chinese start-up companies, evaluating and tracking over 2000 high-tech start-ups in a wide-variety of industries. The knowledge is further enhanced by CM’s experience as a start-up company, solving many issues and overcoming many challenges as it grew. CM team’s in-depth understanding of local market helps it to capture and secure opportunities more quickly, to execute transactions more efficiently, to help its portfolio companies more practically and to mitigate its investment risk more effectively.  At the same time, CM Venture Capital has a truly global mindset and network. It has worked with many MNC companies on open innovation, has collaborations with foreign governments’ Chinese offices and assesses investment opportunities from around the world. CM Venture Capital brings its global perspectives, MNC networks and international-standard corporate governance to its portfolio companies.

Dr. Min Zhou

Managing Partner

Min has diverse experience in technology development, business development and venture capital. Min spent 17 years in the US before founding CM Venture Capital. 


Prior to CM Venture Capital, Min was with Silicon Valley Bank Capital, where she was responsible for identifying and evaluating venture capital and private equity fund investments, with a focus on the China market. Prior to SVB Capital, Min was a principal at Unilever Technology Ventures (UTV) where she led investments in companies in the fields of cleantech, semiconductor, medical device, drug development and health and wellness, in companies such as Impinj (NASDAQ: PI), Halosource (AIM: HALO.LN), Textronics (sold to Adidas). Prior to UTV, Min worked as a senior scientist in the Materials Science division and a business development associate at the Technology Commercialization division at Rockwell Scientific, a high-tech enterprise. 


Min earned a doctorate in materials science and engineering (with distinction) from University of Southern California, an MBA (with distinction) from Anderson Business School of the University of California at Los Angeles, and a bachelor’s degree in materials science from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Min is on the board of Global Power Technology, Skysys, Crowntech, eChiev, Xingtera, Thingple. 

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Vincent Chen


Vincent is investigating and evaluating investment opportunities in intelligent manufacturing, new material and new energy fields.


Prior to joining CM Venture Capital, Vincent was investing and financing high-tech companies in advanced manufacturing and medical industry in Zhongtong capital. Prior to this, he worked as a project manager in IMI plc and was responsible for implementing quality management system and new product development projects in industrial automation, commercial vehicles and medical device fields within Asia-Pacific region.


Vincent obtained a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from France National Superior Technology and Mine School, a Master’s degree and a Bachelor’s degree in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering from Shanghai Jiaotong University.​

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Taylor Liao

Office Administrator

Taylor provides office and admin support. She is involved in maintaining personnel files and talent recruitment, welcoming visitors and providing assistance where needed.

Previously, Taylor worked as an administrator in an IOT company in Shanghai for more than 5 years and has extensive work experience.

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Dr. Patrick Berbon

Managing Partner

Patrick has an extensive background in metallurgy, aerospace, power and cleantech industries.


Before co-founding CM Venture Capital, Patrick was a Senior Consultant at Performance Improvement, a risk analysis and management company specialized in power industries. Patrick is an experienced entrepreneur in the advanced materials space. His prior start-up focuses on advanced nanograin aluminum alloys and its applications, the company was successfully listed on the Toronto Venture Exchange. Before his entrepreneurial ventures, Patrick was a Senior Scientist in Materials Science Division at Rockwell Scientific Inc. Patrick specializes in advanced materials and clean technologies, including renewable electricity generation, biofuels for transportation, green building, clean water, clean air, carbon dioxide emissions reduction, recyclable materials, sustainable foresting and agriculture, and energy efficiency.


Patrick obtained Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, M.S. from Tsinghua University (China) and M.S./B.S. from Ecole Centrale de Lyon (France), all in Materials Sciences. Patrick is a member of the Board of Directors of CTT, Zennithnano, Enwise, Octadem.




Keith Kim


Keith’s main tasks at CM Venture Capital include market analysis, industry research, and supporting marketing activities for its portfolio companies.


Before joining CM Venture, Keith worked for Locus Capital Partners, a boutique cross-border M&A advisory firm based in Seoul, Korea, where he obtained extensive experience in both buy- and sell-side cross-border M&A between Korean and foreign firms.


Keith graduated from the University of Nottingham with a Master’s degree in Finance and Investments.

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Jean-Claude Pierre

Venture Partner

Jean-Claude has an extensive experience in the Specialty Chemical industry in managerial, consulting and investment roles across the globe.

After starting as a chemist with I.C.I. in England, Jean-Claude spent seven years in the US and Germany with BASF where, among other roles, he led their venture capital division. From 2006 to 2015, Jean-Claude spent nine years in China in various managerial and consulting roles in the chemical sector. In 2015, Jean-Claude returned to the UK to lead Scott Bader, a $300m turnover global specialty chemicals company. He left the Scott Bader CEO role in September 2019.


Jean-Claude has a MSc in polymer science, an MBA and a PhD in sustainable systems.    


Michelle Hua


Michelle Hua Michelle has extensive experience in private equity investment and strategy consulting.


Prior to joining CM Venture Capital, Ms. Hua served as Director with Co-bridge Capital, where she led investments in companies in the fields of clean-tech, advanced material and IT service. Before that, Ms. Hua was a strategy consultant with Monitor Group and PRTM, where she advised clients on M&A, market entry, and operations strategy. Earlier in her career, Ms. Hua worked in Dell Computer and Nortel where she was involved in product development, strategic planning and operations management.


Michelle earned a MBA from University of Michigan Business School, a Master degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Maryland, dual Bachelor degree in Material Science and Automation from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Michelle is on the board of iRock.

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Opal Wang

Finance VP

Ms Opal Wang has rich experience in financial internal control, project review, financial due diligence and post-investment financial management.

Before joining CM Venture Capital, Opal was the finance internal control manager, accounting and tax manager at DBS bank. Before that, Opal had more than 9 years of experience in auditing at domestic large firms, and 14 years of corporate financial management experience at companies.


Opal graduated from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics and holds qualification certificate for certified public accountants.

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Ryosuke Kuwada

Venture Partner

Ryosuke Kuwada is a 30-year veteran in Global electronic materials businesses. Ryosuke holds a BS from Keio University (Electronics Materials Design) & MBA from Keio University Business School.


Ryosuke was also the first employee in DuPont electronic materials appointed as Global Business Manager outside of the USA.  After 17 years’ service at Du Pont, he joined E Ink Corporation in Cambridge, MA (MIT spin out). As Global Sales & Marketing VP, he lead technology commercialization of the Amazon “Kindle Launch” in 2007 as well as a successful Exit (~$400M Merger by a Taiwanese LCD company). At Toppan Printing Corporation (Japanese $15B company), he was appointed as Head (GM) of Corporate Planning Division and was responsible for whole company portfolio management. After establishing his own consulting company, he plays key role in the industry such as Board of Director at several large corporations like Japan Display Inc.

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