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HKSTP signs partnership agreement with technopreneurship incubators and co-working space providers from Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai and Shenzhen

HONG KONG, Dec. 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation ("HKSTP") today announced its partnership with four leading technopreneurship incubators and co-working space providers from Beijing, Tianjian, Shanghai and Shenzhen.  Under the agreement, HKSTP will collaborate with the four partners to promote youth entrepreneurship and innovation so as to broaden the horizons for technopreneurs from both sides of the border, and to assist enterprises to open up massive business opportunities. 

The four technopreneurship incubators and co-working space providers are TITH Holdings from Beijing, Tianjin International Joint Academy of Biomedicine, Shanghai Technology Innovation Centre, and Shenzhen City Science and Technology Business Incubator Association.

Under the witness of government officials from both Hong Kong and Mainland China including Professor Wan Gang, Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and Minister of Science and Technology, Mr. Nicholas Yang, JP, Secretary for Innovation and Technology, and The Honourable Mrs. Fanny Law, GBS, JP , Chairperson of HKSTP, the agreements were signed by Mr. Allen Ma, CEO of HKSTP and the representatives from the four partners.

As stated on the agreements, the signatories will collaborate to provide youth entrepreneurs in Hong Kong and Mainland China on cross-leverage of co-working space, together with comprehensive support such as entrepreneurship development; marketing and publicity; talent exchange programmes in higher education and research institutes; as well as entrepreneurship seminars and roadshows.

"Through our 3C strategy -- Connect, Collaborate, Catalyse, HKSTP has been spurring the comprehensive growth of Hong Kong's innovation and technology sector by nurturing science and technology talents, steering multi-lateral cooperation, facilitating commercialisation of R&D results for the benefits of our society and promoting the adoption of new technologies by various industries", said The Honourable Mrs. Fanny Law, GBS, JP, Chairperson of HKSTP.  "We are glad to collaborate with our four partners to promote technopreneurship and innovation-based economic development.  We hope our youth entrepreneurs will make their best efforts to broaden their horizons, explore business opportunities and unleash their innovative potentials to drive economic growth and social development."

Given the close tie between innovation and technopreneurs in Hong Kong and Mainland China, providing better support to youth entrepreneurs will help Hong Kong and Mainland China create a new growth engine that drives continued, sustainable economic development.

Ms Qin Jun, Chairman and President of TITH, Beijing said: "Since the founding of our company, we have had our roots firmly planted in Beijing and our sights set on succeeding worldwide.  We have been actively supporting the development of innovation and entrepreneurship, and this collaboration with HKSTP will be beneficial for us as we utilise Hong Kong and Beijing's cross-border advantages in resources, policy and talent to further our goals.  It is also a symbol of the North working together with the South to elevate China's economy through innovation."

Professor Sun Dahai of Tianjin International Joint Academy of Biomedicine said: "Tianjin is an important economic centre of northern China and is one of the fastest growing cities in China, and its biomedicine research industry has a well-established foundation.  Against the important regional developments including Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei, the development of the Binhai New Area, the construction of Tianjin Innovation Zone, and the implementation of the 'Belt and Road' development strategy, we are pleased to partner with HKSTP to drive the development of innovation and entrepreneurship between Tianjin and Hong Kong.  By combining our strengths and competitive advantages, the potential is limitless for both sides."

Mr. Zhu Zhenghong, Vice Director of Shanghai Technology Innovation Centre said: "Hong Kong is an international city where the East meets the West.  With an advantageous geographical location and as the world's freest economy, Hong Kong not only enjoys free flow of information, a dependable legal system and an environment that is friendly to commercial activities, it also has many advantages over Shanghai such as readily available talent, technical expertise and funding.  We believe the signing of this partnership agreement with HKSTP will vastly enhance the talent and knowledge exchange between Shanghai and Hong Kong.  We will also actively leverage Hong Kong's advantages as an international city to help Shanghai-based enterprises to enter the global market."

Mr. Lu Yong, Executive President of Shenzhen City Science and Technology Business Incubator Association said: "Shenzhen regards innovation as one of the key development pillars. In recent years, more and more innovators have been making Shenzhen their home.  We now have a massive innovative force comprising thousands of innovators actively working on different projects across the city, allowing Shenzhen to be among one of the world's modern innovation cities.  The partnership with HKSTP will allow innovators on both sides of the border to gain access to even more resources, which will surely open up an unprecedented wealth of exciting opportunities for these talent to pursue."

Mr. Allen Ma said: "These partnerships facilitate the exchange of ideas and technology between the brightest of talents on both sides of the border and enable Hong Kong technology start-ups to tap into the huge Mainland market. This will catalyse the realisation of innovative ideas, drive economic success and create a brighter future for all."

For more information about the four technopreneurship incubators and co-working space providers, please see the appendix.

Professor Wan Gang, Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and Minister of Science and Technology, congratulates the partnership and comments that it will promote “Mass Innovation and Entrepreneurship” in Hong Kong and China.
Professor Wan Gang, Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and Minister of Science and Technology, congratulates the partnership and comments that it will promote “Mass Innovation and Entrepreneurship” in Hong Kong and China.

 

Nicholas Yang, JP, Secretary for Innovation and Technology is confident that the partnership can steer the collaboration of co-working space between the signatories and assist technopreneurs to open up massive opportunities.
Nicholas Yang, JP, Secretary for Innovation and Technology is confident that the partnership can steer the collaboration of co-working space between the signatories and assist technopreneurs to open up massive opportunities.

 

The Honourable Fanny Law, GBS, JP, Chairman of HKSTP, says the collaboration creates multi-lateral cooperation and brings comprehensive support to technopreneurs to increase their chance of success by integrating the resources and networks of all parties.
The Honourable Fanny Law, GBS, JP, Chairman of HKSTP, says the collaboration creates multi-lateral cooperation and brings comprehensive support to technopreneurs to increase their chance of success by integrating the resources and networks of all parties.

 

Allen Ma, CEO of HKSTP (first from the right), signs partnership agreements with the four technopreneur incubators and co-working space providers from Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai and Shenzhen.
Allen Ma, CEO of HKSTP (first from the right), signs partnership agreements with the four technopreneur incubators and co-working space providers from Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai and Shenzhen.

 

Group photo of Professor Wan Gang (in the middle), The Hononourable Fanny Law, GBS, JP (fifth from the right), Nicholas Yang, JP (fourth from the right) and Allen Ma (second from the right).
Group photo of Professor Wan Gang (in the middle), The Hononourable Fanny Law, GBS, JP (fifth from the right), Nicholas Yang, JP (fourth from the right) and Allen Ma (second from the right).


About Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation

Comprising Science Park, InnoCentre and Industrial Estates, Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) is a statutory body dedicated to building a vibrant innovation and technology ecosystem to connect stakeholders, nurture technology talents, facilitate collaboration, and catalyse innovations to deliver social and economic benefits to Hong Kong and the region.

Established in May 2001, HKSTP has been driving the development of Hong Kong into a regional hub for innovation and growth in several focused clusters including Electronics, Information & Communications Technology, Green Technology, Biomedical Technology, Materials and Precision Engineering. We enable science and technology companies to nurture ideas, innovate and grow, supported by our R&D facilities, infrastructure, and market-led laboratories and technical centres with professional support services. We also offer value added services and comprehensive incubation programmes for technology start-ups to accelerate their growth.

Technology businesses benefit from our specialised services and infrastructure at Science Park for applied research and product development; enterprises can find creative design support at InnoCentre; while skill-intensive businesses are served by our three industrial estates at Tai Po, Tseung Kwan O and Yuen Long.

More information about HKSTP is available at www.hkstp.org.

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About TITH Holdings from Beijing

Founded in September 2010, TITH Holdings is the strategic arm and one of the enterprises under Tsinghua Holdings. The company also functions as Tsinghua Industrial's innovation and technology platform.  Under the TITH group, Tiholding Hengye Investment Co., Ltd is dedicated to the development of technology park whereas Tiholding Technical Services Co., Ltd is responsible for start-ups incubation and investment.

About Tianjin International Joint Academy of Biomedicine

Regarding as the symbol of "International Innovation Park of National Biological Medicine", Tianjin International Joint Academy of Biomedicine was established under the collaboration of the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Commerce, the Ministry of Health, the State Food and Drug Administration as well as Tianjin Municipality.  The incubator involves in incubation, international technology collaboration and transfer.

Shanghai Technology Innovation Centre

Established in April 1988, Shanghai Technology Innovation Centre is a non-profit technology service institution under the direct leadership of S&T Commission of Shanghai Municipality and a state-level High and New Technology Entrepreneurship Service Centre authorized by Ministry of Science and Technology. The incubator is dedicated to nurturing technology start-ups through its network of technology incubators and connections with major universities.

Shenzhen City Science and Technology Business Incubator Association

Established in 2004, Shenzhen City Science and Technology Business Incubator Association is a non-profit organization comprised of voluntary members from professional and academic sectors including incubators, consulting organisations, investment and financing organisations, scientific research institutions, high-tech enterprises as well as individuals from Shenzhen.  The objectives of the Association are to nurture the development of technology startups, and to coordinate the collaboration of the city's incubators and co-working space.

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Source: The Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation
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