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Beijing-Helsinki Science and Technology Startup Forum
February 7 @ 8:00 am - February 9 @ 5:00 pm
The Beijing Week will kick off with a Science and Technology Startup Forum, as well as a winter sports seminar. Held for the first time, the event brings startup entrepreneurs, business leaders, financiers, winter sports experts, and other influencers from Helsinki and Beijing together.
The Science and Technology Startup Forum focuses on artificial intelligence, clean and intelligent solutions, and health and well-being technologies. To date, 300 participants from close to 100 startups confirmed their attendance. An important part of the Forum’s is a Pitching Competition for Finnish and Chinese startups. The three winners will walk away with one of the following prizes:
– RMB 20,000 (approx. 2500 €) cash prize from the Beijing Municipal Commission of Science & Technology
– Free participation in Sino Track accelerator Spring 2018 Batch, including Sino Track Camp in Beijing (March 19-23, 2018)
– NewCo Helsinki travel grants for Helsinki-based startups travelling to Beijing
In addition to Startup Forum, the Beijing Week hosts a winter sports seminar in the Empire room of City Hall, which will address issues such as energy efficiency in sports arenas, organizing sporting events, and promoting China’s winter sports. Due to the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, winter sports and expertise related to it have become a hot topic throughout the whole of China. Wanting to succeed in their upcoming Winter Games, the country is invoking foreign know-how for their preparations.
Beijing Week implements the sister city cooperation between Helsinki and Beijing, and is organized as part of the Chinese New Year. In addition to the main event at Helsinki City Hall, approximately 60 Chinese visitors arriving in Helsinki will attend introductory visits and related events.