Business Road Show of Entrepreneurs to China
-Confucius Institute at Georgia State University Joins the Program “Young Leaders to China: Innovation and Entrepreneurship”

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Georgia State University, US [Time]    2018-07-18 15:09:57 

On June 30th, “Young Leaders to China: Innovation and Entrepreneurship” of the Confucius China Studies Program – Young Leaders Fellowship was launched in Beijing. This project was organized by the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban), and jointly undertaken by the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU).

This 15-day event aimed at further expending and elevating the role of the Confucius Institute as a platform, deepening the visiting youth’ understanding of China’s innovation and entrepreneurship from various perspectives, such as policy, circumstance, enterprise, and culture, and promoting communication and cooperation in innovation and enterprises between Chinese youths and their counterparts in other countries. Five young entrepreneurial leaders selected by the Confucius Institute at Georgia State University and World Affairs Council of Atlanta and 20 young entrepreneurial representatives from other six Confucius Institutes visited Beijing, Hangzhou and Shanghai,.

Jiang Qingzhe, Chairman of Administration Committee of UIBE, and Li Qian, Educational Services Manager of Victorian Government Trade and Investment Office, attended and addressed the opening ceremony. They affirmed the important roles that innovation and entrepreneurship have played in both Chinese and global economic development. Alexander Janes Scriven, Representative of the visiting young entrepreneurs, made a speech in which he expressed his hope for this program. After the ceremony, the participants also presented their projects and shared stories and experience of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Group photo at the opening ceremony

In Beijing, the participants visited a number of Internet giants, including Didi Taxi and Baidu. At the same time, they experienced advanced technological products, and actively took part in discussions on such topics as internationalization of popular industries and Internet enterprises. They learnt about the progression, core competence and advanced technologies of China’s Internet enterprises, and gained a more comprehensive and thorough understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing Internet enterprises.

Visiting the Didi Taxi

Visiting Baidu

In addition, they visited multiple enterprises on the Inno Way and exchanged views with Chinese entrepreneurs. They fully experienced and comprehended the innovative the atmosphere and the environment for innovation in China, and gained experience through exchanges and sharing.

Visiting the Inno Way

They also got to know the history of Beijing by visiting Tian’ anmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Wangfujing Shopping Centre. After then, they paid a visit to the Confucius Institute Headquarters where they shared their gains and put forward some constructive suggestions for the program.

At Tian’anmen Square

Visiting the Confucius Institute Headquarters

On July 8th, the visitors arrived at Hangzhou, the second stop of their tour in China. This old city, located at the south of the Yangtze River, was totally different from Beijing. On the next day, they visited the famous tea culture garden, where they learned about the history of Chinese tea culture, and watched how to make green tea. Professor Wang Xufeng gave a wonderful lecture about Chinese tea culture, from which the visitors learnt about Chinese manners of serving tea. The series of activities kindled the great interest of visitors for the profound Chinese tea culture.

Boasting elegance and traditional simplicity, Hangzhou is swiftly rising as a representative of China’s new technology, which is favored by many Internet start-ups. On July 10th, the participants visited the Alibaba Group and learnt about the history and culture of China’s largest Internet company and its exploration and achievements in the fields of retail, finance, and technology. They also exchanged ideas on cutting-edge technologies such as big data, cloud computing, and intelligence.

Visiting the headquarters of Alibaba

In Shanghai, the last stop of their tour in China, they visited the China-US Youth Creative Exchange Center, the Student Innovation Center and the School History Museum of SJTU, and exchanged ideas with the student representatives from the Science and Technology Innovation Society. They also visited Renji Hospital, the first Western medicine hospital established after Shanghai opened its port, and had in-depth communication with the front-line staff of the hospital.

On July 13th, the third “LIFE GEEK” contest commercial road show was held at Shanghai Debi International Cultural and Creative Center. The contest provided a stage for both domestic and international elite entrepreneurs to compete with each other. Experts, scholars and representatives of investors were invited as judges, and they provided strong commercial support to the contestants. Chaz Jenkins, a young leader from the Confucius Institute at Georgia State University, participated in the competition. His business plan, taking the housing problem he encountered as an example, analyzed the urban housing problems in the United States and pointed out business opportunities. He also illustrated and analyzed the feasibility of his plan and future plans. The contestants discussed and exchanged ideas with the judges. The atmosphere was brought to the climax by entrepreneurs’ passion.

Zhou Hui, Director of Division of Sinology and China Studies of Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban), attended the closing ceremony, and delivered a speech. She congratulated on the smooth progress of the project, expressed her appreciation for the professionalism and passion shown by the members, and issued certificates to every member.

Zhou Hui giving a speech

Certificates awarded

The five young leaders from the Confucius Institute at Georgia State University believed that the “Young Leaders Fellowship” program was a good opportunity to learn about China’s business development and to carry out cultural exchanges, and it was a valuable opportunity to exchange ideas with outstanding entrepreneurs from different parts of the world. With the deepening of economic globalization, only by constant communication, mutual understanding and learning can we break the barriers to truly realize economic sharing and create a better future.

Story by Huang Jing