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UK-China Innovation Gateway Shanghai Centre



Funded by the Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO), Innovation China UK (ICUK) and KTN initiated the 'UK-China Innovation Gateway' project to establish a one-stop shop providing an efficient chain of services to the UK companies and institutes seeking R&D and commercialisation partnership in Shanghai. ICUK is working closely with Shanghai Technology Innovation Centre (STIC), the designated local government agent responsible for implementing Shanghai innovation and entrepreneurship policy. This project will:

1) Launch the 'UK-China Innovation Gateway Shanghai Centre' during Pujiang Innovation Forum providing Shanghai R&D base open access to public innovation resources in both countries. A MoU was signed during a workshop alongside the Pujiang innovation Forum in September 2016.

2) Develop long-term technology strategy that fosters better collaboration between academia, business and policy-makers, facilitates access to open innovation resource and reduce the repetitiveness of R&D investment through networking/expert groups.

3) Organises technology partnering with Shanghai industry to help the UK innovation base gain insight of local market, forge partnerships and facilitate follow-up activities.


Partnering Missions to China

ICUK and STIC organised an initial UK-China Expert Group meeting during a workshop alongside the Pujiang Innovation Forum on 23rd September. This project's co-implementer, KTN supported us on the recruitment of 2 experts from Innovate UK. These 2 experts in turn recommended 2 companies in the areas of Internet of Things (IoT) and Digital Manufacturing.

You can find out more about the September event here.

ICUK is currently organising another partnering mission to Shanghai, Nanjing and Suzhou on 7th – 10th November 2016. During this mission, we'll bring 6 UK companies’ representatives in the areas of IoT, Big Data and Digital Manufacturing and 2 Queen Mary University of London representatives. This delegation will visit companies in the Ju Yuan Science Park, ARM shanghai Accelerator and companies in the Suzhou Industrial Park. ICUK and local co-ordinators have organised a workshop at each of the three cities, with attendees from local companies in relevant sectors. The workshop in Nanjing will be part of a bigger programme, the 5th China Jiangsu Conference for International Technology Transfer and Commercialisation (CITTC). Besides the workshops, there will be one-to-one discussions between UK and China companies.

For more information on the November Partnering Mission, please visit the Events Page.


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