Today The Duke of York visited the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) where he unveiled a new innovation centre; The Ingenuity Lab. The Ingenuity Lab will be the innovation centre for UNNC students and alumni to explore their entrepreneurial ideas and establish their own businesses, and will provide a range of services and activities to create a start-up ecosystem for student entrepreneurship.
At the event, HRH also launched the Ingenuity Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition, an innovative event led by UNNC, open to entrepreneurs from UK, China and India. It is designed to inspire entrepreneurial solutions at a global scale for start-ups, and to offer a networking opportunity with exposure to international investors, start-up peers and industry professionals.
Speaking at the event The Duke of York said “Experiences at institutions such as the UNNC Ingenuity Lab will help students develop the process engineering to transform ideas to a commercial result. They will support you as you grow your dreams.Wishing you as much ingenuity as you can find”.
HRH also met with two start-up founders who took part in [email protected] China 2.0 in Beijing earlier this year; Ningbo Yikun Sports and Innov8tia. The two start-ups demonstrated how their businesses have developed since taking part in [email protected] in May. The two multi award-winning start-up companies were both founded by UNNC alumni.
The Duke of York then visited the University of Nottingham Ningbo New Material Institute. The Institute was built to conduct innovation research and technology transfer on new materials.
Later that day, HRH called upon the Mayor of Ningbo (Mr. Qiu Dongyao) at the Ningbo Government Center, Ningbo.
That evening, The Duke of York attended a Business Dinner given by China Merchants Bank, Shanghai.