2017 China UK Entrepreneurship Competition



The China UK Entrepreneurship Competition aims to encourage new business ventures between China and UK and is intended to simulate the real-world process of entrepreneurs soliciting start-up funds from early-stage investors and venture capital firms. The China UK Entrepreneurship Competition was founded by the PM (Prime Minister Initiative II) and was supported by the British Council and the Haban-funded Confucius Institute programme.

This year, the 10th China UK Entrepreneurship Competition is hosted by Northumbria University, Lancaster University, University of East Angelia, and Cocoon Networks – Europe’s first Chinese capital-backed, international, startup ecosystem. Cocoon Networks leverages a full suite of relevant support which the competition participants can benefit from: venture capital investment, business accelerators, incubator spaces, and IP management.

Other British and Chinese cornerstone partners of this year’s competition include:

– China-Yu Yao:the First Global Smart Manufacturing Entrepreneurship Competition Organising Committee
– Newcastle City Council
– China Innovation and Development Association
– British Chinese Young Entrepreneurs Association
– National Eastern Tech-Transfer Center

This year’s competition closely links up the opportunities in China and the enterprise teams in the UK. The high-quality teams will receive the following opportunities:

– £ 12 million policy supports and a series of £ 500,000 cash supports from the Ningbo Government, China;
– £ 2 million supports for each project from the ‘Peacock Project’ led by the Shenzheng Government, China;
– Free/discounted incubator space at the Cocoon Networks Central London Headquarters (4 Christopher St, London EC2A 2BS);
– Opportunities to participate in highly valuable Cocoon Networks’ accelerator programmes;
– Access to about 20 of Cocoon Networks’ top partners of venture capital companies;
– Green channel for British Tech inventions to for IPs in China;
– Strong network with top Chinese universities.

Key Dates of the Competition

– Launch — 14 March at Newcastle Civic Center

– Registration and outline proposal — 14 March registration opens; submit form online via email: hello@cocoonnetworks.com

– Submission closed — 31 May

– Submissions are being reviewed — 1 – 5 June

– Training Programme — 5 June Top 32 teams/individual submissions

– Semi-Final — 30 June

– Final — 17 July

– Excellent teams going back to China — 31 July

Submission and Contact Information:

– Please submit to: hello@cocoonnetworks.com

– Please send email to di.luo@cocoonnetworks.com to ask for the Submission Form and the Competition Entry Form Guide and all other enquires, including joining the competition WeChat group.