At the invitation of Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), a group of six Warwick students travelled to Hong Kong and Shenzhen in China earlier this month to participate in the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Start-up Immersion Programme 2019.
The Warwick students (representing six different academic departments), Ptolemy Banks, Giacomo Bottoli, Max Gutsche, Ellen Humphreys, Angelika Jońska and Mustafa Khraishi were joined by students from KAIST (Korea), Korea University, Kyoto University, the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship, the Technical University of Munich and the University of Waterloo.
The aims of the programme were to nurture the entrepreneurial spirit of the students, foster co-operation and partnership between Shenzhen, Hong Kong and global universities and help students to understand the start-up ecosystem and market in both Shenzhen and Hong Kong.
During their trip, our students had the opportunity to visit internationally-renowned technology companies based in Shenzhen, find out more about incubator programmes in both Shenzhen and Hong Kong and take the chance to job shadow in start-up businesses based in Hong Kong.
Rachel Davis, Head of Warwick Enterprise said;
“I am so delighted that we were able to support 6 Warwick students to participate in this truly immersive experience. The learning that took place and relationships built have been transformative for all those involved, and has provided a foundation for great things to come.”
Further discussions will be taking place between Warwick and Hong Kong Polytechnic University over the next few months that will consider future collaborations and student opportunities in innovation and enterprise. The launch of the Innovation Strategy in January 2020 will provide the strategic backdrop for more collaborations such as this one to develop for the direct benefit of the Warwick student experience.