China has over 160 cities with 1 million or more inhabitants – 24 of these are some of the largest cities worldwide. It is the world’s most populous country, with a staggering 1.35 billion people, of which 700 million live in cities. As this figure continues to rise China’s urban challenges around energy consumption, urban mobility, as well as energy and water infrastructure are becoming ever more evident. This provides numerous opportunities for innovators and entrepreneurs with smart city solutions.
This year, 100%Open are working with Innovate UK, the Department of International Trade, the Future Cities Catapult and the China-British Business Council to deliver a one-of-a-kind entrepreneur mission to China.
The mission will highlight the wealth of opportunity for UK companies in China’s Greater Bay Area – a cluster of 11 cities across the Guangdong – Hong Kong – Macau region. As Asia’s most dynamic region, it’s developing into a global hub for technology and innovation and has the potential to grow into a world-leading economic centre to rival Tokyo, San Francisco and New York.
The UK cohort will visit Shenzhen which sits within the Greater Bay Area – the centre of technology for Internet start-ups, including Tencent and Huawei. Once the makeup and objectives of the delegation are confirmed, a bespoke mission week programme will be designed which may also incorporate other cities such as Zhuhai, Zhongshan, Guangzhou, Dongguan, Wuhan and Hefei.
We are offering up to 15 UK companies with a unique opportunity to benefit from a tailored and supportive mission programme in November, consisting of high-level presentations, discussion sessions, pitching and networking opportunities and site visits. Participants are supported prior to the trip at a readiness workshop, through 1-2-1 coaching and work with our regional teams to carefully curate individual meetings too.
This will be the fourth of Innovate UK’s Future Cities missions that we have had the opportunity to work on over the past two years. Previous mission programmes in Malaysia, Singapore, India and Australia have been very successful, with participants from the Australia mission alone reporting accumulated potential value of new export business at just under £200 million – companies had an average of 10 formal 1-2-1 business meetings and a further 10 pitching opportunities during the trip to Melbourne and Sydney which resulted in approximately 4 potential partnerships each.
The UK’s offering is likely to be in the areas of integrated approaches to spatial planning and design, citizen engagement, smart city governance and standards, open data, sustainable development and regeneration, intelligent transport and mobility, pollution and remediation. Therefore, we are looking to engage with UK companies who can offer solutions that fit these opportunity areas:
If you are interested and think you fulfil all of the necessary criteria then don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to innovate at the heart of global innovation in and around cities. Register your interest and submit your application now. For more information please contact Kadir at firstname.lastname@example.org or click here to be taken to the online application platform.
Applications must be received by Friday 17 August 2018.