NORSI in China!
NORSI traveled in mid-October 2017 to Shanghai and Hangzhou in China. The participants were 20 NORSI PhD students from institutions all over Norway, the NORSI Management Team and the Innovation Division at the Research Council of Norway.
The objective was to give a hands-on experience of Chinese innovation policies and systems, as well as entrepreneurship in practice through lectures by distinguished scholars and practicing entrepreneurs with visits to both Chinese and Norwegian start-ups and incubators in Shanghai and Hangzhou in Zhejiang. In addition, the program focused on Norwegian business presence and innovation activity in China.
The academic program took place at Fudan University and Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. Lectures were given by professors within the field of innovation and innovation management. In Shanghai the group visited start-ups and incubators as well as larger high-tech firms such as GE, Ten Cent Makers Spaces, and NHack. In Hangzhou the program had a strong focus on visiting businesses of various scale as the Zhejiang Province is the region in China with the highest percentage of private industry. Here NORSI visited Hikvision and Future Sci-Tech City in Hangzhou. Our visit to Zhejiang University is well documentend on the university’s website.
The group also attended a reception at the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in Shanghai where they met with representatives from the official Norway, the Norwegian Research Council, Norwegian entrepreneurs, the Nor Alumni network, and representatives from Ansa and BI Norwegian Business School.