The Duke of York visits China – Shenzhen


The Duke of York is undertaking a nine-day visit to China, which will include events in Beijing, Shenzhen and Fujian. The visit will encompass His Royal Highness’s three core areas of focus; Education and Skills,
Entrepreneurship, and Science, Technology and Engineering.

Day One

On the first day in Shenzhen, The Duke of York hosted [email protected] China 3.0 Boot Camp at Peking University HSBC Business School. The 42 Entrepreneurs each delivered a 3 minute Pitch to an Audience of Supporters and Elevators.

12 Entrepreneurs were then selected by a panel of Judges to Pitch for 3 minutes at [email protected] China 3.0 at Wuzhou Guest House on 14 April, 2019. The remaining 30 Entrepreneurs will Pitch for 30 seconds.

Day Two

His Royal Highness joined Mr Wang Zhigang, Minister for the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) for a meeting with leaders from Shenzhen and Guandong Province, including the Party Secretary of Shenzhen, Mr Wang Weizhong and representatives from the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs (CPIFA).

Day Three

At Shenzhen Convention Centre, The Duke of York attended the opening of the 17th Conference on International Exchange of Professionals (CIEP), which is China’s only conference geared towards international organisations and professionals. The conference covers 25 items in 9 major sections with the theme of “Attracting Global Talents, Promoting Cooperative Innovation, Seeking Common Development” to promote global expertise to share development opportunities in China.

His Royal Highness toured the exhibition, which included a [email protected] stand. The stand promoted [email protected] and gave the opportunity for [email protected] Alumni, from all across the world, to come together to share ideas and publicise the initiative.

Next, The Duke attended a [email protected] Innovation Forum, which included speakers from Imperial College London and Cambridge Judge Business School.

His Royal Highness then hosted [email protected] China 3.0 at the Wuzhou Guest House, where 42 Entrepreneurs from across China had the opportunity to Pitch their Businesses in front of an influential Audience of including CEOs, Influencers, Angels, Mentors and potential Business Partners.

The Event marked the 48th [email protected] Global Event, which has now helped 814 Entrepreneurs, from 61 countries across the world, generate £900m+ economic activity.

Find out more about the Event on the [email protected] website.

Day Four

Continuing the visit in Shenzhen, The Duke of York met representatives from Shenzhen Garment Industry Association (SGIA). The SGIA is a non-profit organisation that facilitates communication between the Shenzhen Government and the fashion industry and to help businesses grow and develop. SGIA has helped hundreds of designers showcase their designs by creating Shenzhen Fashion Week and Fashion Shenzhen Show, as well as enabling them to exhibit at international fashion weeks, including London, New York and Milan.

His Royal Highness then visited Royole Corporation, which has developed next-generation human-machine interface technologies, including the world’s thinnest full-colour AMOLED flexible displays, the world’s first car dashboard and the first smart writing pad. The Duke was also given a demonstration of the world’s first commercial foldable smartphone, FlexPai, with a fully flexible display.

At DJI, His Royal Highness was shown the latest drone technology, including one that could be controlled remotely by hand-movements. DJI’s technology enables people to capture images that were previously out of reach – their flying platforms and camera stabilisation systems redefine perspectives and movement.

Headquartered in Shenzhen, widely considered China’s Silicon Valley, DJI benefits from direct access to the suppliers, raw materials, and young, creative talent pool necessary for sustained success. Drawing on these resources, they have grown from a single small office in 2006 to a global workforce. Their offices can now be found in the United States, Germany, the Netherlands, Japan, South Korea, Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.

The Duke also met Chinese electronics company, Xiaomi, to discuss their work in the UK. Headquartered in Beijing, Xiaomi specialises in making and investing in smartphones, mobile apps, laptops and various consumer electronics.

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