Yangpu’s hub of innovation and en­ter­prise

Shanghai Daily - - CIIE - Yang Jian

Yangpu District in the city’s north­east is Shang­hai’s big­gest down­town district with largest num­ber of res­i­dents and the long­est Huangpu River water­front, fea­tur­ing over a cen­tury of in­dus­trial her­itage.

The district is now re­build­ing it­self to a pi­o­neer in China’s na­tional strat­egy and has been listed as the city’s first na­tional demon­stra­tion zone for pub­lic innovation and busi­ness star­tups.

As part of the first China In­ter­na­tional Im­port Expo, the Yangpu En­trepreneur­ship and Innovation De­vel­op­ment Fo­rum is be­ing held to­day at the Na­tional Ex­hi­bi­tion and Con­ven­tion Cen­ter. The world’s lead­ing ex­perts and schol­ars will ex­plore the best ur­ban re­newal meth­ods for the na­tion’s modern in­dus­try cra­dle from the as­pects of sci­en­tific innovation.

Smart water­front

The fo­rum fo­cuses on the con­struc­tion of a smart Huangpu River water­front with in­volve­ment of in­tel­li­gent and tech­no­log­i­cal el­e­ments such as 5G net­work, cloud com­put­ing and In­ter­net of Things, ac­cord­ing to the fo­rum or­ga­nizer, the Yangpu District gov­ern­ment.

Rimes Mor­timer, gen­eral man­ager with ap­plied innovation of Mi­crosoft Dig­i­tal, will make a key­note speech to­day about the smart city con­struc­tion for Yangpu’s water­front un­der glob­al­iza­tion. Other speak­ers in­clude Wu Zhiqiang, vice pres­i­dent of Tongji Univer­sity and aca­demi­cian with the Chi­nese Academy of Engi­neer­ing, and David An­drew Jones, pres­i­dent of SPD Sil­i­con Val­ley Bank.

The 15.5-kilo­me­ter river­side area in Yangpu is be­ing de­vel­oped into an im­por­tant part of the city gov­ern­ment’s am­bi­tion to be­come an “ex­cel­lent global city” by 2035.

As the east part of Yangpu’s blue­print, the Bin­jiang in­ter­na­tional innovation belt will be­come a fu­ture water­front in the post-in­dus­trial era with pub­lic cul­tural and sports fa­cil­i­ties as well as an area for cre­ative im­mer­sion.

Yangpu is now home to over 7,600 small and medium-sized tech firms on In­ter­net Plus and other new busi­nesses. Among them, a se­ries of “uni­corn” startup firms have been nur­tured.

Li­ul­ishuo, for ex­am­ple, has an app that al­lows users to speak ex­cel­lent English via ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence tech­nol­ogy. Ai­huishou, a Chi­nese phrase mean­ing “love of re­cy­cling,” is an on­line sec­ond­hand con­sumer elec­tron­ics’ trad­ing plat­form di­rectly con­nect­ing elec­tron­ics’ con­sumers with re­cy­clers in China.

Ninety-seven startup firms based in Yangpu have been listed on the cap­i­tal mar­ket, while the num­ber of in­no­va­tive parks, in­cu­ba­tors and en­trepreneur­ship space has in­creased to 5,468 in 2017 from 3,000 in 2016.

Pres­ti­gious ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions

The district is also home to over a dozen higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tutes, in­clud­ing Fu­dan Univer­sity, Tongji Univer­sity and Shang­hai Univer­sity of Fi­nance and Eco­nomics, along with over 100 sci­en­tific re­search in­sti­tutes.

Yangpu au­thor­i­ties are co­op­er­at­ing with 11 uni­ver­si­ties within the district and around the city to build a num­ber of key plat­forms. They have also paired up with many lo­cal re­search in­sti­tutes and en­ter­prises to pro­mote high-tech projects in fields such as the In­ter­net of

Yangpu Bridge

Changyang Cam­pus

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