月度归档: 2021年8月

Shaoxing High-Level Talent INNOV & Entrepreneurship Competition

On July 29, the launching ceremony of the 6th Shaoxing high-level talent innovation and entrepreneurship competition in China and abroad, and the press conference of the 2021 Design Intelligence Award (DIA) China and Forbes China Design (FCD) selection were officially held. The event was organized by China Academy of Fine Arts, the Organization Department of Keqiao, the CPC Shaoxing Municipal Committee, the CPC Shaoxing Keqiao District Committee, and the people’s Government of Shaoxing Keqiao District was sponsored by the FCD selection organizing committee.

As stakeholders in the competition, startup owners, entrepreneurs, and directors, and administrative staff of Keqiao International Park (KIP) attended the live event at KIP premises. Several other participants made their appearance taking part from across the nation including participants from renowned universities in the country such as Shanghai Jiaotong University, Tiangong University, etc.

 

DIA, the leading international award for design and innovation, was established by the highly reputed China Academy of Art in 2015 to promote the imagination and creativity of designers and entrepreneurs. The competition is free to enter, and the total monetary award of the grand prize amounts to 750,000 US dollars. The competition provides a platform for enterprises to promote international trade, expand international networks, and tap business opportunities. It also serves as a platform for evaluation, promotion, and communication of design, being an accelerator bringing innovation to the industry and the future.

 

At the same time, KIP has also received video messages from some of its partners expressing their congratulatory remarks on the occasion of the announcement of the launching of the competition. These valued partners include Liberato Manna, Associate Director for Materials and Nanotechnologies Area of the Italian Institute of Technology; Zeev Zalevsky, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering of Bar-Ilan University in Israel, Academician of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering; and Nazim Agoulmine, Vice-president International Relations of the University of Evry Val d’Essonne, former director of the ICT and Mathematics (NuMa) department at ANR (NSF France).

Liberato Manna, Associate Director for Materials and Nanotechnologies Area of the Italian Institute of Technology

Zeev Zalevsky, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering of Bar-Ilan University in Israel, Academician of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering

Nazim Agoulmine, Vice-president International Relations of the University of Evry Val d'Essonne, former Director of the ICT and Mathematics (NuMa) department at ANR (NSF France)

Here, we share some comments startup owners and entrepreneurs at KIP made:

Tomas Noordermeer, a startup owner at KIP noted “We didn’t know what to expect of this event. Therefore, it was great to see so many people in the park joining in this meeting together. The selection of online participants was also very impressive, including incubators, accelerators, and internationally focused investment companies from all over China.” Tomas went on to add that he is new to Keqiao, and has landed here only recently. He mentioned that he learned about the competition only recently and his expectations were blank. However, he remarked, joining this meeting he realized how fast Keqiao is developing, with advanced infrastructure, developed industry, and a solid plan for the future. He summed up his views by saying “the meeting was organized very professionally and convinced me that it’s an absolute honor to potentially participate in this competition with many interesting and innovative companies with great ideas that will contribute to Keqiao’s bright future.”

Hamza Benatmane an entrepreneur here at KIP commented “The meeting was a great success. Our Direktic team members and I were present during the conference at Keqiao International Center and we appreciated everyone who took the time to celebrate yet another milestone of Zhejiang Province and Keqiao District to support high talent entrepreneurs’ projects. I am looking forward to this competition.”

Other participants echoed some of the above remarks particularly those appreciating the organizing committee of KIP, expressing their eagerness and interest in partaking in the competition and how the event broadened their awareness of the abovementioned contest. No doubt, the event has been insightful for the participants.
China Shaoxing high-level talent innovation and entrepreneurship competition which has been held for five consecutive sessions since 2016 is one of the highest, largest and most influential talent introduction at home and abroad in Shaoxing.

KIP Hosted Visitors from Wenzhou Sci-Tec Association

In the morning hours of July 20, 2021 directors from Wenzhou Science and Technology Association visited Keqiao International Park. During their visit, the honored guests learned the story of the park from its inception to its current level as they toured in the park guided by members of KIP explaining the photo gallery depicting various activities including the park’s collaboration with external partners.

The administrators of KIP briefed the visitors on the origin of the cooperation between the park and Italy, elucidating how the relation developed to include other countries such as France and Morocco with Italy at the center.

The director of KIP mentioned that he gained huge insight when he visited Italy in 2020. The transformation of the many textile enterprises and factories in Italy to incubator and innovation parks exclusively dedicated to scientific and technological development has been not only challenging but also inspirational. This transformation markedly coincides with the development of Shaoxing, which has allowed both parties to learn from one another.

The visitors on their side expressed their thanks and appreciated the efforts being undertaken at KIP to promote innovation-led entrepreneurial activities and conveyed their respect and admiration to the achievements the park has thus far realized.

15th July | Zhejiang Foreign Experts Bureau Visits KIP

On July 15, 2021, Keqiao International Park (KIP) hosted distinguished officers from Zhejiang Foreign Experts Bureau. Led by deputy director of the Bureau Mr. Hongwei Zhang, the group’s visit aimed at discussing major issues with members of KIP to help them have a dynamic entrepreneurship environment where they can continue to grow their businesses while successfully integrating with the Chinese community.

In his opening remarks, Mr. Hongwei Zhang thanked the director of KIP, Mr. Jianping Zhang for inviting the group over to the park and delivered a welcoming note to all members of KIP. Mr. Hongwei Zhang assured foreign entrepreneurs in KIP that they are welcome to be part of the Chinese entrepreneurial ecosystem. He first, and foremost, acknowledged the efforts undertaken by Mr. Jianping Zhang and his staff in building a thriving community of international talents and entrepreneurs and expressed his optimistic expectations that the community will grow even bigger so that it will contribute meaningfully to the Chinese economy. Moreover, he emphasized on the fact that the talents and entrepreneurs who have successfully launched their startups in Keqiao are highly expected to call up on their colleagues and networks to be part of the thriving science and technology-based Chinese economy. This will be highly appreciated, he noted, especially if the prospective entrepreneurs focus on science- and tech-related projects. Mr. Hongwei Zhang, while congratulating members of the KIP on successful launching of their startups affirmed that his office will do its best in cooperating with them with respect to legal and operational issues while they stay in China to run their businesses.

Members of KIP, in their turn, expressed their gratitude and appreciation to both the directors of KIP and that of the visiting group. They, collectively, mentioned that the international community in KIP is growing thanks to the warm reception and supportive atmosphere of KIP and assisting approach of the Keqiao District administrative bureaus. They expressed their commitment to honor the open invitation for international entrepreneurs in the district. In line with that, Adrijana Vukic, a Shaoxing-based artist and startup owner at KIP, remarked that both the entrepreneurs and the staff at KIP are doing their level best in building a friendly and lively working atmosphere and that she is willing to invite her network of experts to be part of the community.

The startup owners also aired their views on ways to make the park an even more flourishing center for entrepreneurs and ways in which they, themselves, can integrate effectively with the Chinese society. They acknowledged the unique vision of KIP that puts foreign entrepreneurs at the center of its development, governing the project on the principle of Chinese and foreign entrepreneurs working together to promote, develop, and build a high-tech ecosystem; flourishing together, and striving for a common bright entrepreneurial future. Under this shared objective, these remarks were highly commended by the deputy director of the visiting organization and his team members. He, finally, opened the floor for a “Q & A” session in which members of the park asked questions on the issues discussed to which Mr. Hongwei Zhang legibly addressed.

Finally, the members of the Bureau had a one-on-one discussion with members of KIP and headed on to visit the facilities instituted in KIP.