EIT Outreach Beyond Europe Programme

Expansion to China

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EIT Hub China – bringing European and Chinese innovation communities together

EIT Climate-KIC aims to enhance its global climate impact and one of its key potential international ecosystems for collaboration is in China.

As part of the EIT Global Outreach programme, the EIT Community would like to scope potential collaborative programmes between European and Chinese stakeholders building on EIT KICs European programmes that may be relevant for implementation and scaling in China.

The planned EIT Hub China in Beijing will act as a bridge between European and Chinese innovation communities building on the combined efforts of EIT Raw Materials, EIT Health, EIT Digital, EIT Manufacturing, EIT Food and EIT Urban Mobility under the lead of EIT Climate-KIC.

Collectively we have identified the following cross-sectorial domains that build on the interest of both the EIT KICs and our conversations with potential stakeholders in China. These are all relevant to the post-COVID-19 recovery phase:

  • Healthy, sustainable cities
  • Circular economy
  • Sustainable agri-food value chains

For 2020, a set of activities are planned:

GreenQ programme

This programme aims at preparing European start-ups with plans to go to China to increase their impact and success. It is a collaboration with the Low Carbon College (a joint venture of the University of Edinburgh with Shanghai Jiao Tong University) in Lingang (Shanghai) together with local companies. The programme provides experiential training for European mature start-ups and SMEs to understand how to operate, thrive and scale within the Chinese innovation ecosystem.

The first cohort is focussing on sustainable and circular waste management solutions. Six European start-ups are undergoing an intensive online programme to prepare them on different aspects of working in China (culture, tradition, legal issues, IP regulations etc.) followed by a one-week working experience with a company in China in Q4 of 2020 (subject to future travel regulations due to the global pandemic).

A second cohort in 2020 is being planned.

EuropeCN meetings

The goal of these bi-monthly online gatherings is to invite relevant people from Chinese and European companies, start-ups, government and academia to get together to gain knowledge on the topic, but especially to network and get to know the local innovation community.

Collaborative innovation programmes

An important goal of the EIT Hub China is to set up joint innovation programmes and activities between Chinese and European partners including a combination of research and development, education, and innovation activities based on the needs of Chinese collaborators and European partners active in China. The key areas include post-COVID-19 recovery, healthy sustainable cities, circular economy and sustainable agri-food value chains.

A series of online innovation roundtables are being set up with key European and Chinese stakeholders to prepare collaborative innovation programmes online.

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