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China-Africa Youth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition
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Notice on China-Africa Youth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition

 

All units concerned:

 

In order to implement the initiatives and proposals made by President Xi Jinping at the Opening Ceremony of the Eighth Ministerial Conference of The Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, proactively undertake the activities and tasks in the Dakar Action Plan (2022-2024), further stimulate enthusiasm among Chinese and African youth for innovation and entrepreneurship, broaden space for cooperation in innovation and business startups, build a platform for exchanges and cooperation between Chinese and African youth, and facilitate China-Africa economic development and people-to-people exchanges, the Department of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Science and Technology of China, China Science and Technology Exchange Center, and the Department of Science and Technology of Hubei Province will jointly hold the China-Africa Youth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition, the details of which are as follows:

 

I. Name of the event

China-Africa Youth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition

 

II. Theme of the event

Share the Opportunities of High-quality Development and Create a Sustainable and Bright Future

 

III. Time

June to November, 2022

 

IV. Organizations

(I) Hosted by

Department of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Science and Technology, the China Science and Technology Exchange Center and the Department of Science and Technology of Hubei Province

 

(II) Organized by

China-Africa Innovation Cooperation Center (CAICC)

 

(III) Co-organized by

China-South Asia Technology Transfer Center, China-Arab States Technology Transfer Center, China-SCO Technology Transfer Center, BRICS Technology Transfer Center, Sichuan Tianfu International Technology Transfer Center, Heilongjiang Foreign Science and Technology Cooperation Center, China-Africa Business Council, China-Africa Joint Research Center, Zhongguancun the Belt and Road Industrial Promotion Association.

 

(IV) Cooperation Network Members of CAICC

 

V. Schedule of the event

(I) Requirements for competition participants and entries

1. Participants should be citizens of China and African countries under 40 years old (born after January 1, 1982), and abide by the laws and regulations of China and their country of nationality. The communication language of the competition is Chinese or English, and those who provide English graphic materials should also provide corresponding Chinese translations.

 

2. Participants can be individuals or teams, but each individual and team can sign up for only one entry. In the case of team participation, the number of members of each team shall not exceed three, and people from different organizations (universities, enterprises, etc.) and different nationalities are allowed to form teams. If members of a team are from different countries, it should be determined that the team represents one of the countries.

 

3. In principle, the entries should be the start-up projects with conditions for establishing a company to operate, or start-up projects operated by small and medium-sized scientific and technological enterprises incorporated in China after July 1, 2019. The entries can be inventions or patented technologies, or conceptual products or services realized through relevant research and development.

 

4. The entries are divided into two categories: those intended to be put into practical application in African countries and those intended to be put into practical application in China. With regard to the entries intended to be put into practical application in China, their corresponding participants should be citizens of African countries or teams that include citizens of African countries.

 

5. The entries are divided into three major fields: digital economy (Internet, cloud computing, big data, e-commerce, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, etc.), energy conservation and environmental protection (new energy, new materials, environment friendly technologies, etc.), and health care (including biomedicine, medical devices, and clinical treatment).

 

6. The entries should be innovative scientifically and technologically to some degree, with good market prospects and predictable economic benefits. Of the entries, the products, technologies and related patents belong to the competition participants (including individuals or teams), which should not involve any intellectual property dispute with any other organization or individual.

 

(II) Rules and procedures of the competition

1. Sign-up. Participants should complete the form attached hereto and send it to caicc@caicc.net.cn before September 15, 2022.

 

2. Preliminary selection. The preliminary selection will be made by written evaluation, and a jury composed of experts in relevant technology fields, heads of investment institutions, and business executives will select 50 entries for the qualifying round from all the qualified entries by the end of October.

 

3. Semi-final and final: all individuals and teams entering into the semi-final round of the competition are invited to Wuhan to participate in the semi-final in November for offline presentation and Q&A. A jury composed of experts in relevant technology fields, heads of investment institutions, and business executives will select about 10 entries for the final round of the competition. Through the final round, the winners of the awards in the competition will be chosen.

 

(III) Awards

In the competition, there is one first prize with 20,000 CNY; 2 second prizes, each with 10,000 CNY; 3 third prizes, each with 5,000 CNY; and 10 awards for excellence, each with 2,000 CNY.

 

(IV) Supportive policy

1. No sign-up fee or registration fee will be charged to the competition participants.

 

2. For the individuals and teams participating in the competition who have passed the preliminary round and are willing to go to Wuhan to participate in the semi-final, food and accommodations in Wuhan during the competition will be arranged by the competition organizing committee, and a subsidy will be provided for each entry based on the following criteria (including subsidies for transportation, translation, etc.): 1,000 yuan/entry in Hubei Province (500 yuan/entry in Wuhan) and 3,000 yuan/entry outside Hubei Province.

 

3. The competition organizing committee will publicize the event and the entries selected for the semi-final through various media organizations, familiarize relevant venture capital firms, enterprises, and parks with corresponding entries selected for the semi-final, implement support policies and provide incentives for the entries intended to be put into practical application in Hubei, enhance the publicity of the winning entries, and facilitate the smooth commercialization of the entries.

 

VI. Contact information

China-Africa Innovation Cooperation Center (CAICC)

Contact: Lyu Chenghui, Wang Siqian

Tel.: 027-87310267

E-mail: caicc@caicc.net.cn

 

Annex Application Form for China-Africa Youth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition.doc


 

 China-Africa Innovation Cooperation Center

June 13, 2022