MoU signed between CUHK, Foshan Shunde Office of the Leading Group for the Development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area of the People’s Government of Foshan Shunde District, and Shunde Foundation for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
To mark their collaboration in establishing the Greater Bay Area (GBA) Innovation Cooperation Centre (the Centre) situated in “He Innovation Space” in Shunde District, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by The Chinese University of Hong Kong’s (CUHK) Centre for Entrepreneurship (CfE) and Centre for Family Business (CfB), Foshan Shunde Office of the Leading Group for the Development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (Shunde GBA Office) and Shunde Foundation for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SDIEF) on 12 January 2022.
Located in Shunde Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Collaborative Development and Cooperation Zone, “He Innovation Space” stretches over 3,800m2 and is endowed with a laboratory, multi-function hall, exhibition hall, 300 workstations and 20 independent offices.
The GBA Innovation Cooperation Centre is the core component of “He Innovation Space”. With the CfE and CfB’s wealth of experience over the past 16 years in bringing in entrepreneurs, international resources and cross-generational entrepreneurship, the Centre is positioned to foster a sustainable environment for startups to flourish.
Prof. Alan Chan, Provost of CUHK, remarked in the opening speech at the ceremony: “With the signing of this MoU, we hope to foster a sustainable environment conducive to innovation and entrepreneurship in Shunde and Hong Kong. The Innovation Cooperation Centre will seek to bring synergy with CUHK Hong Kong—Shenzhen Innovation and Technology Research Institute and CUHK Business School’s campus in Luohu. Through these efforts, we hope to diversify economic development for aspiring entrepreneurs in the GBA, infusing new vibes and momentum into the area of strategic development and technological transformation.
Mr. Fan Zhang, Deputy District Mayor of the People’s Government of Foshan Shunde District, also pointed out that, “Shunde has always striven to establish itself as a robust industrial zone and a high technology and development zone. Actively promoting in-depth cooperation in various fields among Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Macau, Shunde is shaping to become an important window for the world to understand China’s Greater Bay Area. We hope that ‘He Innovation Space’ will become the cradle connecting Shunde and Hong Kong’s scientific research achievements, and a hot spot for youth innovation and entrepreneurship in Guangfo, Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Macau.”
Representatives to sign the MoU: Mr. Guosheng Qiu, Executive Deputy Director of Shunde GBA Office (seated, left, on the left screen); Ms. Yunqi Ye, Executive Director & Secretary General of SDIEF (seated, right, on the left screen) and Prof. Kevin Au, Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship CfE and CfB of CUHK (seated, right, on the right screen).
(From left to right) Prof. Kenneth S. Law, Chairman, Department of Management of CUHK Business School; Prof. Lin Zhou, Dean of CUHK Business School; Prof. Alan Chan, Provost of CUHK; Prof. Kevin Au, Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship CfE and CfB; Prof. Chan Wai-yee, Ph.D., Pro-Vice-Chancellor; Prof. Yeung Yam, Dean of Shenzhen Research Institute, CUHK; Prof. Benny Zee, Director of ORKTS posed for a group photo at the MoU signing ceremony.