High fibre diet as Bridge and TusPark fast-track Cambridge Science Park comms upgrade

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Bridge Fibre, a UK leading Internet Service Provider, has joined forces with Chinese hi-tech influencer TusPark UK to deliver Gigabit connectivity to the tenants of two new buildings on Cambridge Science Park.

The high-speed fibre will be pumped into Unit 22 and Unit 25, TusPark’s flagship Bio-Innovation Centre.

Bridge Fibre has been delivering fibre-based connectivity to multi-tenanted commercial properties such as science parks and innovation centres for over 10 years and has more 30 prominent business sites across the UK in its portfolio.

Bridge Fibre now operates the Gigabit services at seven sites in the Cambridge area alone.

Congcong Wang, head of operations for TusPark, said: “The two buildings will have different applications. Unit 22 has been let to a single multi-national occupier. 

“Unit 25, the Bio-Innovation Centre, will house a variety of life science companies, giving them space and facilities to develop both their technology and their business. 

“We wanted to have attractive services and have been able to agree to have fully resilient connectivity from the opening day, with one line coming into each building and the two buildings connected with a private fibre cable.”

“TusPark Cambridge is our second site in the UK and the completely new buildings are based on our successful global incubation model.” 

TusPark has contracted with Bridge Fibre to build the internal and external networks to service the site and the tenants. 

“We view the relationships we have with landlords such as TusPark as a partnership, with the mutual goal of offering innovative and distinctive service offerings.” said Bob Cushing, commercial director at Bridge Fibre.

TusPark Welcomes Mogrify to the Bio-Innovation Centre

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Turbocharged cell therapies startup Mogrify has hit the afterburners with the appointment of 15 significant new staff and the decision to become anchor tenant at the new, Chinese-financed Bio-Innovation Centre at Cambridge Science Park.

Mogrify is exploiting transformational technology that can convert any mature cell type into any other mature cell type without going through a pluripotent stem cell – or even a progenitor cell-state. 

The thrusting young UK business has unveiled 15 new staff, including Dr Karin Schmitt as chief business officer and Joe Foster as chief operating officer.

In a parallel move it has relocated to TusPark’s recently completed Bio-Innovation Centre at the Science Park, taking 12,000 sq ft of laboratory and office space.

CEO Dr Darrin Disley says these new hires and facilities will help Mogrify accelerate a scalable infrastructure to generate IP around its novel cell conversion to power the development and manufacture of new cell therapies across multiple therapeutic areas.

The high flyer’s new team members include cell scientists, bioinformaticians and executives, bringing current headcount currently to 20.

Dr Karin Schmitt will lead Mogrify’s commercial operations and its R & D function in her role as chief business officer. She has over 25 years’ experience with a sustained track record of successful leadership roles within the life sciences, biotech and therapeutic industries at Exelixis, Inc., Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Horizon Discovery Group plc and PredictImmune. 

Dr Schmitt has brought over 20 innovative products to market internationally across a wide scientific spectrum, with recent emphasis on clinical products and has additional experience in legal, commercial and regulatory pathways. She obtained her PhD in molecular biology at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles followed by three years of post-doctoral research in genetics at the University of Cambridge.

Joe Foster’s role as chief operating officer will consist of managing the corporate operations as well as driving Mogrify’s IP management function. He began his career at Horizon Discovery working within the corporate development team gaining experience in business planning, licensing, technology evaluation and M & A analysis, before becoming Dr Jonathan Milner's (co-founder of Abcam plc) portfolio manager where he built and managed a complex portfolio of more than 40 early-stage life science companies. 

Foster holds a degree in Molecular & Cellular Biology from the University of Bath and an MPhil in Business Management from the University of Cambridge.

CEO Darrin Disley (left) with colleagues in the reinforced senior management team, from left: Dr Rodrigo Santos, director of Cell Technologies; Professor Julian Gough (co-founder and CSO); Dr Karin Schmitt (chief business officer); Joe Foster (chief operating officer); Pierre-Louis Joffrin (corporate development executive). Picture by Phil Mynott.

CEO Darrin Disley (left) with colleagues in the reinforced senior management team, from left: Dr Rodrigo Santos, director of Cell Technologies; Professor Julian Gough (co-founder and CSO); Dr Karin Schmitt (chief business officer); Joe Foster (chief operating officer); Pierre-Louis Joffrin (corporate development executive). Picture by Phil Mynott.

CEO Dr Disley said: “We are growing a world-class scientific and executive team that will enable Mogrify to become a global leader in the development of novel cell conversion IP that underpins the development of lifesaving cell therapies. 

“The new Bio-Innovation Centre at the Cambridge Science Park offers outstanding facilities, service and networks to its tenants and we’re thrilled to be joining them at this exciting time.”

Kevin Lin, president, TusPark UK, added: “Mogrify’s direct cellular conversion technology has the potential to transform cell therapy and we’re delighted to have their expert team join us at our new state-of-the-art research facilities at the centre of the Cambridge cluster.”

The Mogrify platform takes a systematic big data approach to identify, from next-generation sequencing and gene-regulatory networks, the transcription factors (in vitro) or small molecules (in vivo), needed to convert a cell. By bypassing the stem cell-stage of cell transformation, Mogrify simultaneously addresses challenges associated with efficacy, safety and scalability.

Uniquely positioned to address a cell therapy market estimated to be $35 billion by 2023, Mogrify is commercialising its technology via IP licensing, product development and drug development. The company has raised $3.7 million seed funding from Ahren Innovation Capital, 24Haymarket and Dr Disley.

TusPark is a leading global ecosystem in technology and service and is proving increasingly influential in Cambridge. It manages over 300 incubators, science parks and science cities worldwide and invests in seven sectors including life sciences. It has incubated over 6,000 enterprises. 

Tuspark has assets under management of more than £20 billion and over 800 portfolios including nine publicly listed companies.

Tuspark Cambridge is a landmark £200m joint venture with Trinity College which includes 350,000 sq ft of office/lab space that is developed over five new buildings, including the Bio-Innovation Centre. 

In addition to the science parks, TusPark UK has also made equity investments into a few Cambridge life science startups as well as Cambridge Innovation Capital. It has partnered with Innovate UK on helping British startups soft-land and accelerate in China and will continue to work with UK and Chinese governments, businesses, associations, universities, and institutions on cross-border collaborations.

China-UK Qingdao Oversea Innovation Centre was launched in TusPark Cambridge

A delegation from Qingdao, Shandong province of China led by Xianghui Bian, Minister of Organisation Department of Qingdao, , visited TusPark Cambridge, to celebrate the launch of the China-UK Qingdao Overseas Innovation Centre.

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Kevin Lin, President of TusPark UK, warmly welcomed the delegation. Mr Lin related the history and development of Cambridge Science Park from its founding to the current day. TusPark Cambridge is based at the Park as a result of a joint venture between TUS and Trinity College, University of Cambridge.

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The delegation was also shown the completed sections of Tuspark Cambridge, including the state-of-the-art Bio-Innovation Centre, a regional first featuring world-class facilities for the life sciences and HealthTech innovation, including wet laboratories for research.

TUS UK had previously collaborated with Innovate UK, the arm of the UK government that focuses on technology and innovation, holding its FORGE accelerator based around IoT at TusPark Newcastle, to invest and bring UK startups into Chinese cities, including Qingdao.

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At the launch symposium, Mr Lin spoke about TusPark UK’s overarching concept of “Two Countries, Twin Science Parks”, helping startups and scale-ups from the UK ecosystem to set up and incubate in China through TUS’s nationwide network of industry, government and academia. Cambridge is an important node in this plan.

Mr Peng Lv, Director of Qingdao Municipal Science & Tech. Bureau, said: “we are delighted to collaborate with TUS, and we expect TUS’s innovation network to bring more innovative enterprises to Qingdao, boosting its development in the fields of AI, life sciences, and clean energy.’

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“Qingdao welcomes talented people, and we are keen to settle them in Qingdao and settle, as they transfer their achievements to make Qingdao an innovation city,” Ms Bian said. “We look forward to seeing great outcomes from the establishment of this China-UK Qingdao Oversea Innovation Centre.”

Mr Lin said, “Qingdao is a city rich in history and innovation, creating many well-known enterprises, such as Haier. We’ve seen its potential. As significant nodes of TUS’s ecosystem, we will work to connect Qingdao and Cambridge, as well as China and the UK.”

Yangzhou Delegation visited Tuspark Cambridge

A delegation from Yangzhou, Jiangsu province of China led by Yang Chen, Vice-Mayor of Yangzhou, visited TusPark Cambridge.

Kevin Lin, President of TusPark UK, warmly welcomed delegation and delivered a detailed introduction of the Cambridge Science Park, where TusPark Cambridge is based, as well as TusPark Cambridges’s joint venture with the Cambridge Science Park.

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Kevin addressed, as top-level players in science parks, collaboration of TusPark and the Cambridge Science Park serves both UK and China. TusPark UK has been working on connecting the innovation ecosystems of China and the UK, by using Tus’s resource and the largest global innovation network. TusPark Cambridge is not only a science park but one of 300 Tus innovation nodes in China and the world. Each node closely connects with government, industry and academic that aims to provide greater possibility to startups and scale-ups, as well as match the right opportunities for both British and Chinese enterprises. 

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The delegation was also shown the state-of-the-art Bio-Innovation Centre, the first wet laboratory in Cambridge Science Park, and featuring world-leading facilities for biotech research and healthtech innovation. Dr Wei Meng, Operations Director of TusPark UK led the delegation viewing the Bio-Innovation Centre and explained the layout and facilities.

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Yang agreed the significant impact of the joint venture of TusPark and Cambridge Science Park. Also, he expressed: ‘Bio-Innovation Centre provides the world-class facilities that, I believe, will create a home to innovation in field of life science. Tuspark Yangzhou is about to open, and we expect, increasingly UK technology companies will land to Yangzhou via TusPark global innovation network’.

First Chinese Startup Arrives at TusPark Newcastle through the TUS Ecosystem

TusPark Newcastle has welcomed its first members from China through TusStar, the largest incubator network in China and part of the TUS Innovation Network.

The company, Starlabs Bioscience, is a Healthtech Startup specialising in AI and neurological feedback. Its technology was developed by one of its co-founders, Dr Yongki Kim, a pioneer in this field.

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“We spun out Dr Kim’s research into several products because we wanted to be one of the first in China to popularize this technology,” CEO Aik Fong Png said. Their latest product is an EEG hardware module which detects brain signals between 0.1 to 100 HZ.

Starlabs Bioscience started in TusStar Ningbo, in Zhejiang province, less than an hour away from Shanghai. It was also in Ningbo that Kim met fellow co-founder Dongbiao Xu, then a graduate in behavioural psychology.

Starlabs continued its growth in Asia, with training centres in Beijing and Tianjin. It has also built its South East Asian home in TusStar’s new presence in Malaysia. 

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“TusStar has been a great base for us, for finding talents, sharing resources and expanding our team. The TUS Innovation Ecosystem has made setting up in a completely new part of the world extremely easy,” Mr Png said.

As part of the TUS Innovation Ecoystem, and a member of the TusStar network of incubator bases, TusPark Newcastle supports startups and entrepreneurs coming to the UK with company formation, intellectual property registration, legal, banking, accounting and business support. It is the ideal first-stop for Chinese startups keen to explore the UK market.

TusPark Newcastle is also part of the Eagle Labs network, the largest network of UK incubators, powered by Barclays bank. As a direct collaboration between Barclays and TUS UK, the organization is known as TusPark Newcastle Eagle Lab.

Andrew Dixon from Barclays, and ecosystem manager of the Newcastle Eagle Lab said: “The Eagle Labs are a national network of business support, and are designed to help local startups to grow and scale-up nationally and internationally. As the largest ecosystem for technology and the sciences in China of nearly 200 bases, TusPark is the best partner for us to work with in helping to send UK startups to China, and also receive Chinese businesses, big or small, through our physical base in Newcastle.”

TusPark Newcastle Eagle Lab is fully equipped to help international industries and investors expand its international footprint and explore the UK market, through Newcastle.

And for companies like Starlabs, it means finding and employing local talent in North East England to support this growth, as well as bringing its own new innovations to the UK.

 

The 3rd China-Series Event “What Failed Badly for Foreign Companies in China” presented by TusPark UK

TusPark presented the 3rd in its series of talks about doing business in China.

Working with the Cambridge Science Park, TusPark has been working to help UK businesses enter China through its innovation ecosystem, the largest in China. This series focuses on helping British startups and companies understand what modern China is like, and gives tips on doing business within it.

Last year saw TusPark presenting on “All You Want to Know about China but Were Afraid to Ask”, and “Business Opportunities in China’s Fast-Growing Technology Sector” in October and November respectively.

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Today, we were delighted to have Mark Schaub, Senior Partner at King & Wood Mallesons to present “What Failed Badly for Foreign Companies in China”. This event was co-hosted by Cambridge Science Park, CBBC, Tech UK, and King & Wood Mallesons.

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Mark had spent several decades living and working in China, focusing on foreign direct investment, cross-border M&A, intellectual property rights, and private equity investment in China.

Mark delivered a particular perspective of China, seen through the eyes of a foreign lawyer. He gave a general introduction of the Chinese market, as well as explained its significance for technology companies in particular.

Mark also shared his experience in helping foreign enterprises enter China in various fields, such as blockchain, fintech, life sciences, and more. He spoke about challenges faced by foreign SMEs, such as intellectual property rights, which are especially pertinent considerations for tech and science companies looking to enter the Chinese market.

The “China-Series Event” seminars are a platform to understand Chinese and cross-border business opportunities.

Previously on China-Series Events:

3rd Oct 2018: All You Want to Know about China but were Afraid to Ask.

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This was first lecture of the China Series held by Tuspark UK. Dr. Wei Meng, Director of Operations, TusPark Cambridge, gave an introduction to China’s history, different regions, and regional culture. He also introduced TusPark’s over 200 incubators, science parks, and science cities in different regions of China, and the help TusPark can offer in space, capital and network.

27th Nov 2018: Lunch & Learn – Business Opportunities in China’s Fast-growing Technology Sector

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The second event of China Series, with talks by TusPark as well as three of China’s tech giants, Huawei, Alibaba and JD.com, companies learned about the business opportunities arising in this fast-growing sector. Henk Koopmans, CEO of Huawei Technologies Research & Development (UK) Ltd, Dr. Chao Zhang, Founding Advisor of JD.com AI Research Europe, and Alan Shen, Cloud Business Development Manager of Alibaba, gave an overview to Huawei, JD.com, and Alibaba, respectively. Discussions on technologies, especially artificial intelligence, China, and business opportunities followed. Read more.

TusPark Cambridge’s Unit 26 was shortlisted in the top four Commercial Corporate Workplace category in the BCO Awards

TusPark Cambridge’s Unit 26, at Cambridge Science Park, has been shortlisted in the top four Commercial Corporate Workplace category in the BCO UK Midlands Region Awards.

Established in 1990, the BCO (British Council for Offices) Award provides public recognition for top quality design and functionality and a benchmark for excellence in workplaces. BCO is Britain’s leading forum for the discussion and debate of issues affecting the office sector.

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Unit 26 was designed by Scott Brownrigg for TusPark UK’s collaboration with Trinity College and Cambridge Science Park. In this partnership, TusPark invested over £200 million to build more than 350,000 sq. ft office space at the Park. Unit 26 represents 68,835 sq. ft and was launched in 2018 as the first of TusPark’s buildings.

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The building is currently occupied by Frontier Developments plc., one of the largest videogame developers in the UK. Frontier was founded by David Braben in 1994, and has produced several games in the Elite series, including 2014's Elite: Dangerous. In 2013, the company reincorporated as a public limited company, and entered the stock market.

It has built a uniquely diverse catalogue of games – enabled by its Cobra technology. Meanwhile, Frontier now self-publishes its own high quality, innovative games of different genres that embody its world-class expertise across all major gaming formats.

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Daniel Stephen Zeichner, MP for Cambridge Visited TusPark Cambridge

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Daniel Stephen Zeichner and Kevin Lin

MP for Cambridge, Daniel Stephen Zeichner, was warmly welcomed by President of TusPark UK, Kevin Lin, during his visit to TusPark Cambridge today.

At a symposium specially held to mark the event, Mr Lin introduced the history of TusPark, from its origination as a spin-out from Tsighua University in Beijing, to the establishment of TusPark Cambridge via a ground breaking £200M investment into the Cambridge Science Park, and the establishment of a joint venture between both organizations.

Mr Zeichner was also shown the upcoming state-of-the-art Bio Innovation Centre, the first on the Park, and featuring world-leading facilities for biotech research and HealthTech innovation.

Mr Lin also explained TUS UK’s overarching concept of “Two Countries, Twin Science Parks”, helping startups and scale-ups from the UK ecosystem to set up and incubate in China through TUS’s nationwide network with industry, government and academia, with Cambridge being an important node.

“Through the TUS Global Innovation Ecosystem,” Mr Lin said, “This landmark joint venture serves both Cambridge and the UK, as well as accelerating cooperation between China and the UK.”

Mr Zeichner expressed his support for TUS’s strategy to link the two country’s tech and science ecosystems: “We hope TusPark can expand its support to other places in the UK, for instance expanding the golden triangle area, so that not only Cambridge but the wider country may increase its collaboration with China in future.”

TusPark Newcastle Creates the Largest UK-China Innovation Network with Barclays

TUS UK has launched a new partnership with Barclays bank that would create the largest UK-China innovation network.

TusPark Newcastle, TUS Holding’s presence in North-East England, becomes the location of TusPark-Barclays Eagle Lab, and an integral part of the Barclays business support network.

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Located at Grainger Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, TusPark-Barclays Eagle Lab will provide onsite resources to offer entrepreneurs advice on how to grow their business, from access to funding, to mentoring and events. The Lab will also feature a ‘Maker Space’, an in-house workshop with technologies such as digital fabrication, 3D printing and laser cutting, giving businesses access to the tools they need for rapid prototyping.

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All members of TusPark Newcastle Eagle Lab will be connected to TusPark’s global innovation ecosystem – the largest in China – enabling high-growth enterprises in both locations to deepen relationships and collaborate across the world.

TusPark is the largest science park operator in the world. It was originally formed by Tsinghua University to help incubate and develop tech entrepreneurs. Apart from operating its science parks, it is also a major investor and source of smart money. It has also incubated over 6000 start-ups on its premises of which 70 have gone on to become listed companies. TusPark Newcastle is one of the TUS presences in the UK and is positioned to help UK start-ups access the Chinese market through its unique innovation ecosystem. [Read more: IoT, TORC and TusStar].

Eagle Labs is the largest co-working, collaboration and incubator networks for start-ups and scale- ups in the UK. The Newcastle opening marks the twenty-second location in Barclays’ Eagle Lab network, and comes after success in other cities such as Liverpool and Manchester.

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The launch of the Newcastle site follows the creation in 2018 of a new business unit at Barclays called Barclays UK (BUK) Ventures. BUK Ventures has an independent mandate to deliver new customer experiences at pace and scale – ultimately driving growth for communities, businesses and Barclays – and is responsible for growing the Eagle Lab network.

Dr Yunming Shao, Vice President of TusPark Holdings UK said: “We were drawn to the North East’s diverse strengths and cherish the opportunity to work alongside Barclays to amplify the efforts of Newcastle entrepreneurs. TusPark Newcastle Eagle Lab will support the rapid scaling up of tech start-ups nationally and internationally, through the largest UK-China incubator network that this Lab will connect its members to.”

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Andrew Lawrence, Barclays Head of SME in the North East said: “We’re really pleased to be partnering with Tuspark and this launch will further our investment in the North East’s entrepreneurs. The city’s businesses are hungry for flexible workspace and we want to help local entrepreneurs to win the ‘champions league’ of growth and job creation. Newcastle is famous for its culture, buildings and people, and has long been at the forefront of industry. Technology is transforming the speed at which start-ups can grow and scale. Simply having access to a 3D printer can now help people turn a clever idea into a business success overnight, and by providing practical resources alongside our financial expertise we intend to help people succeed. The TusPark Newcastle Eagle Lab will take our relationship with local entrepreneurs one step further, providing them with access to our specialist high growth team and giving them the tools and resources that will help them accelerate growth.”

TUS Holdings a Key Contributor for the Xiongan New Area

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Chinese President Xi Jinping reviewed the general plan and policy system of the Xiongan New Area project at the new city’s citizen service centre in China’s Hebei province on 16th January, 2019.

The meeting was attended by Shugui Wang, COO of TUS Holdings, currently one of the resident enterprises and partners of Xiongan.

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As its primary technology and innovation enterprise, TUS designed the planning outlines for the technological capabilities for the Xiongan New Area, as well as detailed development plans towards its construction as a high-tech city, and is resident on-site at Xiongan.

The Tus International Innovation Centre in Xiongan

The Tus International Innovation Centre in Xiongan

The Xiongan New Area was announced in 2017, spanning three counties in Hebei province to the South West of Beijing. This economic and residential area is planned to be one of the largest projects for China in the 21st century, with a focus on Green, Clean Technologies, Smart City, and Healthcare.

TUS Holdings will have a TUS International Innovation Centre in Xiongan, and invites collaboration with international partners, which includes universities and academic organizations, through its triple-dimension helix model of innovation.

By bringing together talented people, technology and finance, TUS aims to build a new generation of science park that has a complete flow of incubation service as well as a complete cycle of tech investment funding.

Design of the TUS International Innovation Centre in Xiongan

Design of the TUS International Innovation Centre in Xiongan

 

Launch of TusPark Newcastle - Barclays Eagle Labs

Please join Barclays Eagle Labs and TusPark in celebrating the official launch of our partnership in Newcastle at our business incubator and co-working space, creating the largest UK-China innovation ecosystem, physically bridged at TusPark Newcastle.

• Eagle Labs is the UK’s largest incubator network by Barclays: come learn more about them and find out about how they’re working with TusPark to incubate Newcastle and North-East England Entrepreneurs

• View the new IoT Makerspace facilities and learn about our plans for supporting Industry 4.0 and companies looking to innovate and grow

You are warmly invited to enjoy this evening of networking and entertainment.

Event timings

18:00 Welcome and drinks

18:30 Speeches 

19:00 Networking, Food and Entertainment

21:00 Event Closes

The 3rd China (Shenzhen) Innovation & Entrepreneurship International Competition has Officially been Launched

The 3rd China (Shenzhen) Innovation & Entrepreneurship International Competition has officially been launched on 1st December, 2018. Registration is open from 1st December, 2018 to 28th February, 2019.

Tuspark UK as one of UK Division partners and supporters brings this competition to attract high-quality UK start-up enterprises, who are tending to connect innovation network and expanding market in China.

Feature of the Competition

This competition brings wide global innovation connection and great opportunities to start-ups. In this year, it will continue but pursuit further connection between cities and regions across the world. A total of ten overseas divisions are involved in this competition: Sydney (Australia), Toronto (Canada), Berlin (Germany), Tel Aviv (Israel), Tokyo (Japan), Stockholm (Sweden), Madrid (Spain), Boston (U.S.A.), Silicon Valley (U.S.A.) and London (U.K.).

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While, around 40 venture capital organisations will participate in the international competition. Leading by a number of renowned investments organisations, including Shenzhen Capital Group, Shenzhen Green Pine Capital, Oriental Fortune Capital, Cowincapital and Green Orange Capital directly connect with the competition, and form a venture capital fund pool of RMB 25 billion (3.2 billion Euros) to carry out portfolio investment on outstanding projects.

During the division competitions, investment organizations and investors from Shenzhen will serve as judges and supervisors engaging in project connections in different divisions. All participating projects will be provided with social capital investment opportunities through the investment connection service platform of the competition.

Content of the Competition

In order to fulfil the innovation-driven development strategy of Shenzhen, there are Professional Competition section (3 categories) and Industrial Competition section (5 categories) carrying out in competition:

Professional Competitions:

1) Internet of Things

2) Artificial Intelligence

3) Financial Technology

Industrial Competitions:

1) Information and Communications Technology

2) Advanced Manufacturing

3) Electronic Science and Technology

4) Biology and Life Science and Technology

5) Materials & Energy (including energy conservation and environmental protection).

Contestants may register projects under both Professional Competitions and Industrial Competitions, provided that they meet the required conditions.

Prizes

The competition offers a prize pool of total RMB 11.2 million (1.43 million Euros), including RMB 2.9 million (370,000 Euros) for Overseas Division finalists, RMB 1.5 million (190,000 Euros) for Professional finalists, RMB 2.5 million (320,000 Euros) for Industrial finalists and RMB 4.3 million (550,000 Euros) for grand champion. Each contestant may stand the chance to win a total prize of RMB 1.4 million (180,000 Euros).

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In addition to the prizes, the competition also provides high-quality entrepreneurship projects with support such as industrial incentives, financial technology and project incubation. Meanwhile, two banks will be selected to provide various forms of financial service solutions, such as “Investment and Financing Loans” and “Talent Loans” so as to give more options to settling companies in terms of financing as well as to facilitate the development of contestants.

Applications & Requirements

Registration for the competition is open from December 1st, 2018 to February 28th, 2019. The Participants (teams or individuals) should:

1) be those who have innovation achievements and business plans;

2) have plans of entrepreneurship in Shenzhen after the competition;

3) should possess full ownership of all rights related to the product, the technology and the patent, have no property dispute with any other person, and assume full responsibility caused by any possible infringement;

4) those who had won prizes in previous competitions held overseas by Shenzhen or awards in domestic or international of previous China (Shenzhen) Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competitions cannot participate in this Competition.

 The schedule of the competition is show as below:

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UK Division Competitions will start in March, 2019, then selected contestants will meet others in Shenzhen, who are selected from the rest of divisions in April 2019 and compete for the final awards.

More information for registration, please see below:

Registration Time

December 1st, 2018 - February 28th, 2019.

Register now!

http://cn.itcsz.cn

 

Scan the QR code below to register now!

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Organisations

Guiders

Shenzhen Municipal People's Government  

U.K. Division Hosts

Shenzhen Human Resources and Social Security Bureau

Shenzhen Pingshan District People's Government

Shenzhen Municipal Commission of Science and Technology Innovation

U.K. Division Organiser

Shenzhen China-Europe Innovation Center

U.K. Division Partners and Supporters

Shenzhen European Office Guangdong Province, P. R. China

London & Partners

China-Britain Business Council (CBBC)

Cambridge Judge Business School

TUSPARK UK

Oxford University Innovation

Shenzhen Tech-Entrepreneurship Association

China-Britain Doctoral Association

Doctorate Association

Imperial Fellows Entrepreneurship & Investment Alliance CRCC Asia  

Edinburgh-Shenzhen Creative Exchange

Fintech Circle

CRCC Asia

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TusPark China Series Event -- Business Opportunities in China's Fast-Growing Technology Sector

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Today the pace and scale of technology innovation in China is remarkable. China’s evolution from an economy based on “made in China” to proprietary technology innovation, i.e. “invented in China” represents a huge opportunity for Cambridge companies.

– Jeanette Walker, Director, Cambridge Science Park


TusPark has been working with the Cambridge Science Park in helping companies in the UK to access the Chinese market via TusPark’s extensive network of contacts. The first thing is to help companies understand China in a short time.

After the first China Series Event on 3 Oct, this series focuses on various industry sectors in China, the first one of which is the technology industry. A lunch and learn session to discover business opportunities in China’s fast-growing technology sector was held in the Cambridge Science Park on today. With talks by TusPark as well as three of China’s tech giants, Huawei, Alibaba and JD.com, companies exploited the business opportunities arising in this fast-growing sector.

Henk Koopmans, CEO of Huawei Technologies Research & Development (UK) Ltd

Henk Koopmans, CEO of Huawei Technologies Research & Development (UK) Ltd

Dr. Chao Zhang, AI Research Europe Founding Advisor of JD.com

Dr. Chao Zhang, AI Research Europe Founding Advisor of JD.com

Alan Shen, Cloud Business Development Manager of Alibaba

Alan Shen, Cloud Business Development Manager of Alibaba

Henk Koopmans, CEO of Huawei Technologies Research & Development (UK) Ltd, Dr. Chao Zhang, AI Research Europe Founding Advisor of JD.com, and Alan Shen, Cloud Business Development Manager of Alibaba gave an overview to Huawei, JD.com, and Alibaba, respectively. Discussions on technologies, especially artificial intelligence, China, and business opportunities followed. Each speaker demonstrated China technology gains that has started to switch its focus from ‘Made in China’ to ‘Create in China’ through displaying general development strength and global insight of each company, and China market has never before focused on technological innovation. 

This series of events provides a platform to understand China and cross-border business opportunities, provided by two of the world leading innovation bases.  The next event in this series will focus on life sciences and will be held in the spring of 2019.

Beijing CPPCC Delegations visited Tuspark Cambridge

A delegation from Beijing Municipal Committee of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) led by Wei Li, Vice Chairman, visited TusPark Cambridge.

Kevin Lin, President of TusPark UK, accompanied the delegation and introduced the history of the Cambridge Science Park, where TusPark Cambridge is based. Kevin spoke about TusPark Cambridges’s joint venture with the Cambridge Science Park and the new upcoming state of the art Bio Innovation Centre, which is the first on the Park and will feature world-class facilities for biotech research and health tech innovation.

Kevin Lin (right), President of Tuspark UK, was introducing Tuspark Cambridge project.

Kevin Lin (right), President of Tuspark UK, was introducing Tuspark Cambridge project.

A symposium was also held, where Kevin spoke of how the TusPark Cambridge project illustrated the multi-dimensional Triple-helix Model of innovation, propounded by its Chairman, Jiwu Wang. Kevin said, both TusPark and the Cambridge Science Park are top-level players in science parks. With Tus-Global Innovation Ecosystem, the landmark Joint Venture serves both Cambridge and the UK, as well as accelerating cooperation between China and the UK.

TusPark UK and the Beijing Municipal Science and Technology Commission seek to jointly build a ‘China-UK Innovation Centre’. The centre will be located in both Beijing and Cambridge, hosting the best high-tech innovation talents from both China and the UK. This centre, placed in both China and the UK, is a critical network of technology, information, market and capital, and an powerful platform for cross border collaboration.

Wei Li, Vice Chairman of Beijing CPPCC was delivering a speech.

Wei Li, Vice Chairman of Beijing CPPCC was delivering a speech.

Wei Li affirmed the plan of building a “China-UK Innovation Centre” in his speech. He also said that “technological innovation is the core driving force for the development of Beijing”. Commenting on the importance of talents in driving innovation, Wei spoke highly of the talents in key technological areas in research and industry educated by both Tsinghua University in Beijing and the University of Cambridge. He hopes that TusPark will continue supporting new generations of talents, especially through its vast experience, network, and new models like the China-UK Innovation Centre.

During the symposium, the delegation and TusPark UK team also conducted an in-depth discussions on key technological areas, including artificial intelligence, electric vehicle, fuel cell vehicles, and new-generation cancer treatment. Both commercial and technical aspects were heavily discussed. These areas will be a focus of the ‘China-UK Innovation Centre’.

TusPark Newcastle Officially Part of China's Largest Innovation Network

The opening ceremony of TusStar (Newcastle). Vice Chairman of Tsinghua University Council, Zongkai Shi (Right 4); Chairman of TusStar, Jinsheng Zhang (Right 3); Vice President of Tuspark UK, Dr. Yunming Shao (Right 2), and President of Tuspark UK, Zhuocun Lin (Right 1) attended the ceremony.

The opening ceremony of TusStar (Newcastle). Vice Chairman of Tsinghua University Council, Zongkai Shi (Right 4); Chairman of TusStar, Jinsheng Zhang (Right 3); Vice President of Tuspark UK, Dr. Yunming Shao (Right 2), and President of Tuspark UK, Zhuocun Lin (Right 1) attended the ceremony.

TusPark Newcastle officially becomes “Number 125” of the TusStar network, China’s largest innovation network owned by TUS Holdings.

TusStar was launched in 1999 as the Tsinghua Pioneer Park. TusStar is the main incubator system of TUS Holdings, and is also one of the earliest incubators in China. It was also the first organization to overlay early-stage venture capital investing on top of its incubator model.

TusStar is located in every main city of China, supporting entrepreneurs in professionalizing their startup, as well as giving them connections into local industry, government and academia. It has developed nearly 200,000 square metres of innovation and incubation space, incubating over 5,000 firms. TusStar has produced a considerable number of outstanding startups and entrepreneurs, along with growing with the enterprises. Startups then continue to be helped by other parts of the TUS innovation ecosystem, in areas such as finance and business development.

As TUS Holdings’ first fully-owned TusPark outside China, TusPark Newcastle has a special place in its global network. TusPark Newcastle supports entrepreneurs in the North East of England with mentoring and business support, through its partners such as Sintons (the law firm), and KPMG. Officially becoming a member of the TusStar network means that it will be able to both help North East British startups to enter China, as well as help the inflow of Chinese innovation and investment into the UK.

Jinsheng Zhang, Chairman of TusStar, said: “The scientific and technological innovation network we build is not only based on China, but also radiates out and helps the world… to achieve the incubation of tech enterprises, cultivation of innovation talents, and transformation of scientific and technological achievements.”

This building of a bridge into and from China for UK businesses and especially tech startups is central to the mission of TUS UK, and its participation within the TusStar network both strengthens the overall network, as well gives supporting strength to the local region of the UK that TusPark Newcastle belongs to.

TusPark co-organises the 4th “Internet Plus” Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition

The 4th “Internet Plus” Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition final, hosted in Xiamen, Fujian Province

The 4th “Internet Plus” Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition final, hosted in Xiamen, Fujian Province

The “Internet Plus” Innovation and Entrepreneurship competition is possibly the largest innovation event on earth.

The numbers are overwhelmingly high - 630,000 teams in 50 plus countries participated this year. The finalists get a whole package in one go: roadshow in front of 200 high profile investors, massive media exposure, visits to top Chinese firms and potential deals.

TusPark UK is the co-organiser of the international track of the 4th “Internet Plus” Innovation and Entrepreneurship and is awarded the “Best Co-organiser” (out of co-organisers from over 50 countries).

In total, TusPark UK recommended 150 small businesses originating from the UK to the judge committee, out of which 5 qualified to the final 60, gaining the chance to participate in the final in China.  

After a round of presentations in front of top investors, Biosceptre and Raco3D, recommended by TusPark UK, won the golden awards, together with another 13 businesses around the globe.

A view of the audience at the massive event

A view of the audience at the massive event

Biosceptre is a UK headquartered biotech developing next-generation cancer therapeutics utilising its proprietary target, nfP2X7. Raco3D, whose core founders are graduated from top UK universities, works on 3D printing and is now headquartered in China.

TusPark UK is delighted to have helped companies like Biosceptre and Raco3D gain access to the Chinese market and investment through this special opportunity.

In future, TusPark UK will strive to bring more opportunities to UK businesses through various channels. Please stay tuned!

If you would like to be involved, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@tuspark.co.uk.

Minister for Trade and Export Promotion visits Tuspark Cambridge

Baroness Rona Fairhead, Minister for Trade and Export Promotion, visited TusPark Cambridge following the formal announcement of TusPark in the Cambridge Science Park.

The president of TusPark UK, Kevin Lin, accompanied Baroness Fairhead and showed her the new phase of development in the Cambridge Science Park. The newly developed buildings include the park’s first Bio-Innovation Centre – 41,000 sq ft wet labs and offices for biotech and medtech startups and scaleups.

Kevin also spoke about TusPark’s 200 plus innovation centres in China and the world, as well as the 7 key industry sectors that it focuses on, and over 800 companies which TusPark had invested in.

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Baroness Fairhead commented that she was deeply impressed by the size and worldwide innovation network of TusPark. She said: “the Department for International Trade welcomes TusPark’s investment in the UK and will continue to support the efforts of TusPark and Cambridge Science Park to strengthen ties of UK-China innovation collaboration.”

TusPark Cambridge connects the innovation activities in Cambridge and the UK to a worldwide network with strong presence in the Chinese market. TusPark supports UK businesses with space, equity investments and various approaches of cross-border collaboration.

Chairman of Tus Holdings, Mr Jiwu Wang, congratulates Sir Gregory Winter, Master of Trinity College on being awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2018

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On 3rd Oct 2018, Sir Greg Winter was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry along with Frances Arnold and George Smith, for his pioneering work on “phage display of peptides and antibodies” that resulted in creating new forms of pharmaceuticals.

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As a key partner of Trinity College, TUS Holdings and CNIC congratulates Sir Greg Winter for his winning of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2018.

Chairman of TUS Holdings, Mr Jiwu Wang and CEO of CNIC, Mr Yuxian Zhou, said in their warm letter: “Our congratulations to Sir Greg Winter’s outstanding achievements in developing phage display. We are truly grateful for his many contributions to the field of healthcare. We are also thankful for his long-term support and selfless effort to promote our cooperation: we will spare no effort to follow up.”