FinCEAL Plus Participated the ENRICH-China Matchmaking Tour to China, 24th-31st October 2017

November 14, 2017

FinCEAL Plus Asia delegation attended the ENRICH-China Matchmaking Tour to China (Chengdu, Beijing and Qingdao) organized by ERICENA-European Research and Innovation Centre of Excellence H2020-project, in China 23-31 October 2017.

FincEAL Plus delegates from FinCEAL Plus, University of Oulu and University of Tampere participated ENRICH Matchmaking Tour to China (Beijing, Chengdu and Qingdao) from 24th to 31st of October with over 50 organisations from 20 EU member states.

Promoted by the European Commission through Horizon 2020 and the ERICENA project, ENRICH is a global network of centres and hubs that promotes the internationalisation of European science, technology and innovation (STI). The ENRICH service portfolio covers the needs of European STI organisations for the Chinese market such as RDI Consultancy and Coaching, STI RDI Intelligence, Soft Landing and Co-working, Fostering Open Innovation through Training, Cooperation Enabling Events, RDI Briefings and Innovation Support Certification.

The ENRICH Centre has its headquarters in Beijing, hosted by the EU SME Centre and a regional hub, located in Chengdu, in the brand new CCEC (Center for China-Europe Cooperation) building.

The tour included free access to the EU-China Business & Technology Cooperation Fair in both Chengdu and Qingdao that are one of the largest EU-China Platforms for Investment, Trade and Technological coooperation, and matchmaking with key Chinese technology based companies and research institutes and visits to leading Chinese innovators and research opportunities in Chinese 2nd-tier cities, Chengdu and Qingdao.

The tour provided the participants with first-hand information on Chinese STI landscape and innovative activities in China. During the tour ENRICH – European Network of Research and Innovation of Centres and Hubs, China was officially launched on October 25th and 27th in Chengdu and Beijing, respectively. In addition, the new Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2018-2010 and its EU-China calls were introduced in Beijing and the researchers participating the tour had an opportunity to meet their possible research consortia partner candidates for these calls. In addition, the tour offered a chance to meet and discuss with high level representatives from EU DG Research and Innovation and Chinese Goverment.

Photos:Jarkko Mutanen