Welcome Guest Login or Signup


Category: Activities
Type: Public
Created: Jan 10, 2018
Members: 1
Views: 85
Location: beijing , Angola
Group Creator:
buzai232 OFFLINE
A platform for entrepreneurial innovation

events calendar news ,Hangzhou is fast becoming a platform for young entrepreneurs to develop and nurture their ideas.

At the 2017 Youth Conference, held on November 10 in Hangzhou, Andrew Shirman was one such innovator of ideas. Shirman came to China seven years ago after graduating from Boston College in the US. He joined a program called “Teach for China” in Yunnan Province in the far southwest. There he developed an idea to start a social enterprise to help nearsighted children in Yunnan to get free glasses. He now has a company in Beijing.

At the conference he met Audrey Cheng and Muhammed Fazeel, who are both young entrepreneurs and professionals under the age of 30, like him, coming from different parts of the world. They weren’t the only three. Over 500 such young change-makers from more than 60 countries were invited to share their stories and experiences and connect with each other at the conference.

Global Shapers Community and Elite Eagle Hangzhou Entrepreneurship Development Association enabled the event. They are two of the most active startup communities for young people in Hangzhou and worldwide.

An initiative born out of the World Economic Forum (WEF), the Global Shapers Community is a network of inspiring young people, under the age of 30, to work together to address local, regional and global challenges. A board of directors governs it with people such as Klaus Schwab, the founder of WEF and Jack Ma, founder of the Alibaba Group.

Launched in 2011, the community presently has more than 6,900 members, or what they call “shapers,” and they have set up 377 hubs in 450 cities worldwide.

In each city, teams of “shapers” create projects that address the needs of their community, from responding to disasters and combating poverty, to fighting climate change and building inclusive communities.The Hangzhou hub organizes meet-up events at least once a week. For the past two years, they have invited many multinational executives and entrepreneurs to act as mentors for young people with big ideas. During the G20 Summit in 2016, they launched a campaign called “Hangzhou on the T-shirts.”

“We keep enrolment at around 15 people each year. The applicant needs to submit a Curriculum Vitae and a brief introduction on his/her project,” said Zheng Fei, curator of the Hangzhou hub, who added that to maintain the diversity of the group, they only accept one applicant from the same company.

The conference also saw the inking of an agreement between Global Shapers Community Hangzhou hub and Xinhe United Industrial Park, a community-based workspace designed to attract local entrepreneurs, especially those with international backgrounds.

*** Afrozmeet.com ***