CM Venture Capital was started by two co-founders who have over 50 years of combined work experience in technology development, technology commercialization, business development, venture capital and entrepreneurship. CM’s team of investment professionals have in-depth knowledge of material science, manufacturing, new energy and environment technologies, after evaluating over 8000 hardtech start-up companies globally in the last 20 years. CM Venture Capital's proprietary database that has tracked thousands of hard-tech companies over the years is a true asset that allows CM team to make sound investment decisions based on deep knowledge and valuable insights. At the same time, CM Venture Capital works closely with industrial MNC companies who have invested in CM Funds.
Dr. Min Zhou
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, Beaver, Xingtera, Thingple.
Dr. Patrick Berbon
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.
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.
With over 25 years of experience in the fast-paced advertising, creative, marketing & communications industry, Xavier's experience spans across top Fortune 500 companies. Xavier was the Global Creative Director for Huawei Technologies from 2015-2021, overseeing foreign markets and establishing its global brand identity. During his tenure, Huawei exceeded US$100 bn in annual revenue despite political crosswinds. He was also the COO/Executive Producer for an east-west-focused media platform RADII, to transform and build its marketing strengths. Xavier has held creative leadership roles at WPP and Omnicom conglomerates: Ogilvy, Saatchi & Saatchi, FCB, DDB and more, creating effective assets to support marketing goals of global brands such as Exxon Mobil, KFC, Coca Cola and more. He's also served at one of Singapore’s top property developers, CDL – a US$1 bn company – overseeing its marketing communications from a strategic point of view. Starting as an English copywriter back in Singapore in the 90’s, Xavier has picked up a trail of creative awards; from New York Festivals, London Advertising Festivals, The US One Show and more.
Many have served at just one facet of the industry for life – rarely has any served so richly on both agency and client sides, across the east and the west, with a special focus on cutting edge technological innovation in the midst of constantly shifting global policies.
Marketing & Comms Director
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.
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 firm, he plays key role in the industry such as Board of Director at several large corporations like Japan Display Inc.