Tri-city events at Qianhai maker week
A total of nine events are being held in Qianhai until Sept. 23, the last day of this year’s National Mass Innovation and Entrepreneurship week. Two of the maker-related events were highlighted for providing platforms to help Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Macao entrepreneurs exchange and compete.
The third Shenzhen-Hong Kong-Macao Youth Maker Camp, which mainly invited contestants from this year’s Qianhai entrepreneurship competition, kicked off Saturday. The camp, a subvenue of the Third Shenzhen Maker Week, will help startup teams perfect their projects under the guidance of coaches. According to the organizer, a total of 92 teams from the three cities made it to the semi-final round of the competition, and after receiving some training they will compete for the 24 places in December’s final.
A Shenzhen and Hong Kong entrepreneurship marathon will also be held, encouraging startup teams to work out the final presentation of their projects within a short time. One representative from each team will display their project at a roadshow and team members from the other teams will act as investors and decide how much to invest in a project. The winner will be the team that receives the highest amount of investment.
Tian Fu, director of Qianhai & Shekou Pilot Free Trade Area, said that Qianhai was taking advantage of the maker week to encourage young entrepreneurs from the three cities to innovate in the area. He also said Qianhai is implementing a science and technology innovation plan to build a Hong Kong and Macao technology transformation and industrialization center, a cluster for startup teams from the three cities, a global incubator and accelerator and a cluster for related fund companies.
At the launch ceremony in Qianhai yesterday, three Hong Kong startup companies signed investment contracts with several investors, with the highest investment reaching US$20 million. The Qianhai Blockchain Library will also open during maker week.