May 11th marked the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Denmark. The University Startup World Cup 2020 Kick-off Ceremony as well as the cooperation seminar on innovation and entrepreneurship in Chinese and Danish universities was held in the lecture hall on the second floor of biomedical research building of WMU.
This event was jointly sponsored by Zhejiang Association for Science and Technology, Wenzhou Municipal People's Government, and Venture Cup Denmark, and jointly organized by the Secretariat of the World Young Scientists Summit, Wenzhou Association for Science and Technology, Wenzhou Medical University, and Nordic Innovation Center. The activity combined online and offline through video connection. Leaders from Zhejiang Association for Science and Technology, CPC Wenzhou Municipal Committee, Wenzhou Municipal Government, and relevant enterprises, and representatives from Chinese Embassy in Denmark, Danish Consulate General in Shanghai, Danish Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Center (Shanghai), as well as Chinese and Danish institutions of higher learning, participated in the activity. Jin Shengwei, vice president of WMU, hosted the event.
Yao Gaoyuan, mayor of Wenzhou Municipal Government, Lin Lang, Consulate General of Denmark in Shanghai, Peng Sizhen, Counsellor of Science, Technology and Innovation at the Chinese Embassy in Denmark, Li Xiaokun, academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and President of WMU, Zheng Jinping, Secretary of the CPC Leading Group and vice chairman of the Zhejiang Association for Science and Technology, delivered speeches successively. Tatsiana Zaretskaya, winner of the University Startup World Cup 2018, and Yan Xiaojun, gold medal winner of University Startup World Cup 2019 in China region, shared their gains from participating the contest and experiences of starting their own business.
Yao Gaoyuan said that University Startup World Cup was an event of university entrepreneurship and innovation with global influence. This year, it was transferred from Copenhagen to Wenzhou, which was not only a recognition for Wenzhou's innovation and entrepreneurship, but also would be a driving force. As the host city, Wenzhou will provide all-round guarantee for the competition with comprehensive, meticulous and adequate service, optimize the competition environment and step up service, to make the highlights of the event more attracting, the activities more abundant, and the level more high-end, and create better conditions for young talents to share entrepreneurial experience, carry forward the spirit of innovation, and achieve their life dreams. At the same time, Wenzhou is going to give full support to high-quality projects and talent teams in terms of funds, venues, policies, etc. to help turn competition projects into reality rapidly. Wenzhou will strive to build the event into an entrepreneurial stage for global college students to realize their aspirations and achieve their dreams, and an effective carrier for the incubation and growth of scientific and technological innovation achievements.
Li Xiaokun pointed out that, Wenzhou Medical University, rooted in Wenzhou, a beloved land of reform and innovation, has cultivated a number of excellent talents in the field of medical health, initiated the "Wenzhou model of China" in optometry, and led the world in the research fields of growth factors. Also, the university attaches great importance to the work of innovation and entrepreneurship of college students, integrates the development of competence and spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship into the whole process of talent cultivation, to effectively enhance the students' entrepreneurial awareness, innovative spirit and creative ability, and form a distinctive mode of innovation and entrepreneurship education. The University Startup World Cup 2020 will be held at WMU in the golden autumn of October. We will carefully organize and spare no effort to host this event, so as to build a cooperation and communication platform for domestic and foreign universities in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship, to learn from each other, exchange ideas, and participate in the grand event together.
After the kick-off ceremony, a seminar on innovation and entrepreneurship cooperation between Chinese and Danish universities was held with the theme "creating an enabling environment for innovation, powering international, domestic, and local innovation and entrepreneurship ".
The University Startup World Cup, a top international event of innovation and entrepreneurship jointly participated by world-renowned universities, is initiated by the famous Nordic non-profit organizations and Venture Cup Denmark. It is a grand entrepreneurship and innovation event with nearly one million young people. Every year it attracts more than 500000 college entrepreneurs from over 30 countries and 2500 well-known universities to participate.
The 2020 University Startup World Cup Finals will take place in Wenzhou in this October, which is a key activity of the 2nd World Young Scientists Summit. It is also the first time for the global finals to be held outside Denmark. At that time, there will be young scientific and technological talents from more than 30 countries gathering in Wenzhou, carrying out their ambitions and realizing their dreams. The competition projects of the finals include two groups: the early stage and the growth stage. Each group contains four categories: health tech, greentech, smart city, and information communication technology. Meanwhile, it will hold the 【GLOBAL Hero】 anti-epidemic special competition, an exhibition of University Startup World Cup Innovation and Entrepreneurship achievements, and a promotional activity for investment and financing projects.