The 2019 Guangdong “Zhongchuang Cup” Entrepreneurship and Innovation Competition was held from 18th to 19th September 2019 in Jiangmen, China.
The aim of this post-doctoral innovation competition is to transform potential scientific research into business by developing doctoral talents. There were close to 400 attendees at the event which included the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, Guangdong Provincial Department of Human Resources and Social Security, relevant leaders of Jiangmen City, expert judges, and postdoctoral talents.
Cheng Hu from the University of Lincoln, who is currently on secondment at Guangzhou University, competed at the event where he showcased the Colias robot platform.
The postdoctoral innovation competition attracted 476 projects from six strategic emerging industries including biomedicine and general health, electronic information, new energy, energy conservation and environmental protection, new materials, the Internet and mobile Internet, and advanced manufacturing .
Out of the initial 476 projects, 328 entered the preliminary round. Of these, 60 outstanding projects advanced to the semi-finals, which included Cheng. As a result of advancing to the semi-finals, Cheng was invited to participate in innovative counselling training delivered by the National Postdoctoral Innovation (Jiangmen) Demonstration Center and Guangzhou Leading Human Resources Development Co. Ltd. Training included “Business Plan Writing” and “Business Project Roadshow Training”
From these 60 semi-finalists, 24 elite projects reached the finals. Cheng achieved an outstanding result and received the “winning award” ranking 12 of 30 in the semi-final, and 9 of 12 in the final.