Tian­jin links with young HK entrepreneurs

China Daily (USA) - - BUSINESS | CSR - By ZHU WENQIAN zhuwen­qian@chi­nadaily.com.cn

A con­fer­ence that aims to help Hong Kong youth un­der­stand more about the Chi­nese main­land, to en­cour­age them to start their own busi­nesses, and to work in the main­land, took place in Tian­jin in July.

The group, com­prised of more than 170 top uni­ver­sity stu­dents and out­stand­ing young entrepreneurs from both the main­land and Hong Kong, took part in a busi­ness and cul­tural con­fer­ence and trip.

Jointly spon­sored by the China Young Lead­ers Foun­da­tion and Tian­jin Over­seas Friend­ship As­so­ci­a­tion, the four-day con­fer­ence re­sponded to the gov­ern­ment’s call to de­velop en­trepreneur­ship and mass in­no­va­tion.

The con­fer­ence also broke ground by for­mal­iz­ing an agree­ment of strate­gic co­op­er­a­tion in peo­ple tal­ented in sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy. The Hong Kong Youth Elite En­tre­pre­neur­ial Cen­ter in Tian­jin was of­fi­cially es­tab­lished to fur­ther strengthen ex­changes be­tween the two cities.

“The rapid de­vel­op­ment of Tian­jin is spec­tac­u­lar. By com­mu­ni­cat­ing with each other, entrepreneurs in both cities can cre­ate bet­ter ideasand val­ues. The trip helped us to es­tab­lish new teams and in­no­va­tive projects,” said Xu Kaidi, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the entrepreneurs fromHongKong.

As one of the foun­da­tion’s ef­forts to de­velop a bridge be­tween youth from Tian­jin and Hong Kong, the con­fer­ence held var­i­ous forms of com­mu­ni­ca­tion ac­tiv­i­ties such as sem­i­nars, fo­rums and sa­lons.

Li Tsz-shu, a master’s stu­dent at Pek­ing Uni­ver­sity, now acts as vice­gen­eral man­ager and act­ing deputy di­rec­tor of Tian­jin Wuqing’s eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment zone and he led the group trip this time. Li is the first Hong Kong res­i­dent to take up an im­por­tant post in lo­cal gov­ern­ment on the main­land.

Le­ungChun-ying, the chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Hong Kong Spe­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion, acts as the hon­orary ad­vi­sor to the group.

Dur­ing the con­fer­ence, a mock en­tre­pre­neur­ial com­pe­ti­tion was held. Stu­dents from di­verse back­grounds were di­vided into 10 groups, and each group came up with an idea of a startup com­pany based on their field re­search in the city. They show­cased the ideas with in­ten­sive roadshows, a fi­nal round of pre­sen­ta­tions with de­tailed busi­ness plans, and cre­ative video.

Wang Ping, deputy di­rec­tor of Tian­jin Over­seas Friend­ship As­so­ci­a­tion, said: “As an in­no­va­tive city with fast growth, Tian­jin is a place full of op­por­tu­ni­ties for en­trepreneur­ship. I hope that more young peo­ple from Hong Kong can grasp the chances to start a busi­ness or work in Tian­jin.”

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Stu­dents from Hong Kong and Tian­jin ask ques­tions at the startup com­pe­ti­tion in Tian­jin.

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