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China UK Challenge Launched on 27th January at UEA

5 February 2014

China UK Challenge

To kick off the 2014 China UK Challenge, keynote speakers addressed guests at the UEA campus, sharing their own expertise and experience of international collaboration and entrepreneurship.

Dr Andy Wood OBE, the chair of East Anglia Local Economic Partnership, will addressed the event and highlighted the significant opportunities of collaboration with China. Andrew Barnes, senior partner of Howes Percival LLP, discussed the importance of working with China in this region. And James Stewart, partner of Menlo LLP, who is also former partner of the UK’s longest established private equity company ECI, introduced the Venture capital opportunities between the two countries.

Dr Nick Rousseau, head of International Innovation Strategy at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and the director of China Britain Business Council, Chris Cotton, also spoke at the event.

Prof Paul Dobson said before the event: “We expect to use this event to highlight the important opportunities of working with China, which is critical for the development of this region”

Registration opened to teams of final year students from UK or Chinese institutions, post-doctoral researchers and start-up companies less than two years old with university links, on the 27th January.

The competition is part of the PMI2 (Prime Minister Initiative II) Connect project, supported by British Council and the Confucius Institute programme funded by Hanban. Teams will be selected for the chance to win a £5,000 cash prize, and an investment opportunity of £250,000 for the best business plans. Initial registration, proposal submission and selection deadline is 5pm Monday 14th April 2014.