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International roadshow center to aggregate global resources

A launch ceremony was held yesterday morning in Qianhai to mark the formal operation of the Belt & Road Qianhai International Roadshow Center, which hosted the first roadshow for eight high-tech startups from Guangdong, Hong Kong and the United States after the ceremony.

The roadshow attracted some 200 institutions and companies.

The Qianhai roadshow center will serve as an important financing platform for startups engaged in developing new technologies in areas such as artificial intelligence (AI), big data, cloud computing, Internet of things (IoT) and blockchain thanks to its favorable location. It will also help locate financing for the application of smart city, Fintech and biomedicine technologies, as well as sci-tech and cultural innovations, by organizing roadshows for such high-tech companies.

Wang Zizhong, deputy director of the Hong Kong Affairs Office of the Qianhai Cooperation Zone Authority, said the center will make use of Qianhai’s supportive policies to better serve the real economy by forming a matchmaking platform between global capital and startup projects in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

One of the roadshow organizers, No. 1 Roadshow, applied AI technology to set up a databank of the world’s venture capital institutions and high-tech projects. By analyzing the data, the organizer can help connect roadshow startups with potential sources of venture capital in a short period of time.

The roadshow has adopted mobile livestreaming technology, enabling venture capital institutions from both home and abroad to participate in the roadshow online. According to the organizers, the technology will also allow overseas high-tech startups to initiate online roadshows in the future, even if they cannot make it to Qianhai for a roadshow.

The center will play a bigger role in attracting high-tech enterprises, high-end talents in finance and high-tech professionals with the backdrop of Shenzhen becoming a national pilot demonstration area of socialism with Chinese characteristics.

“We will witness closer exchanges in finance, science and technology, as well as talents, in the Greater Bay Area. Now, an increasing number of people from Hong Kong are investing in Shenzhen, and the Central Government’s policy support will enhance cooperation between Shenzhen and Hong Kong, as well as the entire Greater Bay Area,” said Zhang Keke, president of the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Union for Promoting Science and Technology.

Zhang Jingdong, head of E-hub, Samson Tam Wai-ho, president of Hong Kong Industry University Research Collaboration Association, Ricky Lee, vice president of HKUST Fok Ying Tung Research Institute, Li Qifeng, executive director of Shenzhen-Hong Kong Development Research Institute, and representatives from other well-known research institutes, innovation parks and accelerators in the Greater Bay Area attended the launch ceremony of the roadshow center.