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18 December, 2019 - 10:15 By Kate Sweeney

Cambridge China Centre facilitates more business relationships

Cambridge China Centre reports another successful year of supporting innovative Cambridge businesses to connect, collaborate and grow through UK-China relationships.

Recent highlights included hosting the Cambridge China Forum 2019, biannual venture capital pitch events and a seasonal series of tech talks and business networking events that include elements of Chinese culture.  

The recent Cambridge China Forum 2019 distinguished itself through the partnership of the organisers, Cambridge China Centre and TusPark UK.  The organisers combined their strengths and networks and by focusing specifically on sectors that are particularly buzzing in Cambridge (5G, AI, Bioscience, IP, Impact Investing & Trade), they enabled the delegates to focus on each in greater depth.  

CCForum 2019 also demonstrated that the organisers are endeavouring to provide an ideal space for UK businesses that are considering doing business with China but are unsure where to begin. 

Jinzhao Li, director of Cambridge China Centre, said: “For those involved in UK|Chinatrade, CCForum 2019 generated opportunities to build relationships between technology industry experts, government officials, IP specialists and C-level professionals from both the UK and China. 

“One of our goals for next year’s Forum is to encourage more UK businesses that are interested in doing business with China to come to Cambridge China Forum and use it as their opportunity to get their feet wet and talk to professionals that are already doing business in China.”

One of Cambridge China Centre’s most popular offerings for local businesses are their venture capital pitch events. Held twice a year, during Cambridge China Forum and in honour of the Business Weekly Awards, the pitch events provide opportunities for innovative Cambridge and UK tech-sector businesses to pitch their companies to well-established Chinese investors with strong international networks and experience. 

The most recent pitch event drew representatives from more than 20 Chinese investment networks.  

The venture capital pitch events debuted shortly after the 2018 Business Weekly Awards, where Cambridge China Centre supported the launch of a new award for UK|China Business. 

Jinzhao Li explained: “While it is recognised that China’s economy presents rich opportunities for UK|China collaboration, the accomplishments of many Cambridge-based enterprises can go unnoticed. 

“We feel it important to continue sponsoring this new award in 2020 to recognise and highlight recent Cambridge success stories and to encourage further relationships”.  

Building on the excitement, Cambridge China Centre will be organising their next pitch event in late March shortly after the Business Weekly Awards  presentation dinner (March 25 at Queens’ College) to keep the UK|China momentum going.”

Leading up to these events, Cambridge China Centre will be organising a series of business and culture events as part of the Chinese New Year in January. 

Cambridge companies interested in co-organising their own events celebrating the Chinese New Year can contact Cambridge China Centre to learn more about how they can engage with authentic Chinese cultural elements and be part of the Chinese New Year business and culture festivities. 

Visit: www.cambridgechinacentre.org for further details.

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