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2017 Confucius China Studies Program – Young Leaders

Posted on: March 22 2017
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Joshua Flannery

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2017 Confucius China Studies Program – Young Leaders

“Study Tour for Youth Innovation and Entrepreneurship”

As UNSW looks to take its China related innovation and entrepreneurship related programs and activity to a new high, we are proud to announce our support for a new program run by our UNSW Confucius Institute that aims to give our students and entrepreneurs a real experience and insight into the innovation and startup ecosystem in China. Please see below for some more context and details about the program.

In order to enrich understanding of China’s innovation culture, entrepreneurial environment, entrepreneurial youth and enterprises, and to promote communication and cooperation between China and outstanding young entrepreneurs from around the world, the Confucius Institute Headquarters is running the 2017 “China Trip for Innovative and Entrepreneurial Youth”. This will be a joint collaboration with the University of International Business and Economics (Business Chinese Resource Development and Promotion Base), Zhongguancun Group, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (Double Demonstration Base), Hangzhou Normal University (Alibaba Business School) and other units.

UNSW Student Entrepreneur Development Event

The main itinerary of the program includes:

  • travelling to Beijing, Shanghai, and Hangzhou to visit successful, well-known enterprises, with special focus on young entrepreneurship, the internet and the operation and management of trading enterprises, to observe innovative ideas and shaping of culture at star enterprises

  • In-depth exchange with entrepreneurs from Chinese hackerspaces, incubators and chuangke cafes to understand the survival and development of China’s youth entrepreneurship

  • Visiting Chinese universities to hear lectures delivered by masters of Chinese business, and to appreciate the processes of globalization and localization, as well as the essence of traditional Chinese business culture

  • Meeting investors and experts face-to-face, listening to them share their real-world experience, and learning advanced management concepts and methods.

This program aims to help participants expand and strengthen their understanding of Chinese business culture, China’s innovative business environment, entrepreneurial enterprise development, and to improve their business intelligence, cross-cultural communication and collaboration skills. The goal is to establish an effective mechanism of Chinese cooperation and communication for innovative and entrepreneurial youth.

Program Dates:

5 – 19 July, 2017 (15 days in total)

Trip Locations:

1. Beijing – “China’s Silicon Valley” Zhongguancun

The technology hub, Zhongguancun, is China’s most developed place for innovation and entrepreneurship. It currently consists of several science and technology companies, big business executives and professional service personnel as its main angel investors.

2. Shanghai – Science and Technology Innovation Centre

As the construction of Shanghai as an international centre of economy, finance, trade and shipping continues, China's international economic, financial, trade and shipping centre in construction, the city is also at the forefront of promoting scientific and technological innovation, by implementing innovation-driven development strategy and striving to build a science and technology innovation centre with global influence. Shanghai has more than 300 national, municipal and county-level development zones, industrial parks and high-tech parks, each possessing different characteristics to attract different customer groups.

3. Hangzhou – “Internet” + Innovation City

Famous for its West Lake, Hangzhou was where the 2016 G20 summit was held. It is also the birthplace and home of Alibaba. In recent years, the city has rapidly mushroomed in the area of the internet, the Internet of Things (IoT), life sciences and other high-tech companies. In spite of global economic downturn and its already thriving economy, Hangzhou is not only among the “trillion-dollar GDP club”, but also was ranked first among China’s second-tier cities in GDP growth rate in the first half of 2016, 50% of which resulted from the information economy.

Participant Selection Criteria:

  • Non-Chinese citizens, no more than 35 years of age

  • Must be the principle partners (co-founders) and participants of their start-up project (no more than five years); or university students who have a mature business plan; or winners of national youth entrepreneurship contests in their respective country. (Projects related to China are preferred)

  • Key areas/fields: Internet +, international trade and business, sharing economy, cultural industry

The Confucius Institute will arrange experts to review the submitted projects.

Trip Details (specific arrangements TBC):

The program involves pre-trip training and guidance for participants to help them achieve success with their entrepreneurial pursuits and set clear learning objectives for the study tour. It requires them to review and consolidate what they have learnt daily, effectively share their insight with others from visiting companies, as well as evaluate their learning experience and give feedback. An advisory group responsible for teaching and guiding participants will consist of well-known entrepreneurs, successful start-up creators, venture capital experts, university scholars and industry experts.

UNSW Student Entrepreneur Development Event 2

Beijing - Entrepreneurship in China

 Innovative Entrepreneurship Course

1. China’s opportunities and challenges in innovation and entrepreneurship (Zhu Hongwei, Investment Director of Qingyun Venture Capital )

2. Zhongguancun – China’s Silicon Valley (Li Yan, Vice President of Zhongguancun Group)

3. Innovation Strategy and Leadership (Song Guoliang, National Championship Instructor at the 2015 “Internet +” Entrepreneurship Competition)

4. China’s Youth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Status (Lian Si, author of “Yizu”, Professor at the University of Foreign Trade)

5. Innovation and Development Opportunities in China’s Cultural Industry (Kim Wenzhong, Director of Korean and Chinese Cultural Centre)

 Chinese Business Culture

Chinese Traditional Business Culture and Modern Management

China’s Localised Business Model

 Star Enterprise Visit

Zhongguancun National Independent Innovation Demonstration Zone- science & technology, business, sharing economy, star enterprise

718 Media Culture Creative Park Cultural Industry Star Enterprise

 Real-World Exchanges

The participants of each business project or plan will receive one-on- one mentoring with professional entrepreneurs, as well as in-depth exchange with entrepreneurs behind Chinese business projects of a similar nature.

Shanghai - Foreign Capital Headquarters, Science and Technology Innovation Centre

 Innovative Entrepreneurship Course

1. Innovative Transformation from Made in China to “Intelligently” Made in China (Liao Jun, Commercial Director of Celanese Greater China)

2. Shanghai Innovation and Entrepreneurship Environment

3. Policy Innovation in International Trade (FTA, Customs)

 Chinese Business Culture

Cultural Conflict Management in Multinational Enterprises

 Star Enterprise Visit

Celanese (high-end plastics suppliers) / Huawei and Other Representatives of China’s Manufacturing Industry Shanghai Zizhu Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone

 Real-World Exchanges

A forum will be held with Enlightenment Star Venture Camp and other innovative business park management to provide participants who intend to enter the Chinese market or engage in trade and entrepreneurship with diagnostic questions.

Hangzhou – “Internet +” Innovation City

 Innovative Entrepreneurship Course

1. Chinese Characteristics of the “Internet +” Industry

2. “Internet +” Background of the Internet of Things and Logistics Industry

3. The Internet and Sharing Economy

 Star Enterprise Visit

Visit to Alibaba headquarters, Hangzhou’s Dream Town and featured companies of the cross-trade town.

 Real-World Exchanges

1. Face-to- face exchanges with Alibaba officials

2. Internet +, International Business and Sharing Economy participants to experience and study the cross-trade town


Students are responsible for international travel (flights) and insurance costs.

Expenses in China are covered by the organisers.

Note: At the conclusion of the Study Tour, the organisers will award the 10 best startups. As their prize, participants behind each project will be awarded a $1500 per-person international travel allowance by the Confucius Institute Headquarters.

How to Apply

Please email your application to:  

In your email, please include:

  • Your contact details (name, phone number, email)
  • Your CV OR a link to your LinkedIn profile
  • Information about your business (a link to your business website OR attachment of a pitch deck OR a business plan)
  • Tell us why we should select you for the program



Successful applicants will be notified in mid-May 2017.


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