Apply for a Future Cities mission to China

Posted on: 02/08/2018

Innovate UK is seeking applications for its Future Cities mission to China from 26-30 November 2018.

The mission is designed to offer UK urban innovators a unique opportunity to enter the Chinese market.   It is open to established, UK-registered micro, small and medium-sized enterprises and urban innovators looking for Chinese customers, partners or investment in these areas:

  • Smart mobility, including CO2 emissions, efficiency in transport systems, multi-modal transport and connectivity, and the user experience
  • Affordable healthcare for an ageing population, using big data to offer patient-centred solutions, integrate healthcare platforms, and deliver high-performance computing services and cloud platforms for health management
  • Sustainable urban environments, using smart platforms to monitor and forecast industrial and domestic pollution, energy efficiency and optimisation, brownfield management and urban waste
  • Urban planning and technology infrastructure including IoT, systems integration, data analytics and smart grid.

The mission will highlight the wealth of opportunity for UK companies in China’s Greater Bay Area.  This cluster of 11 cities across the Guangdong РHong Kong РMacau province is Asia’s most dynamic region.  It’s currently developing into a global hub for technology and innovation and has aspirations to become a world-leading economic centre that will rival Tokyo, San Francisco and New York.


The successful cohort of UK urban innovators will primarily visit the city of Shenzhen.  It’s a centre of technology for internet start-ups, including Tencent and Huawei.  Once the makeup and objectives of the delegation are confirmed, a bespoke mission week programme will be designed which may also incorporate trips to other cities such as Zhuhai, Zhongshan, Guangzhou, Dongguan, Wuhan and Hefei.


Innovate UK is working with the Department for International Trade, the China-Britain Business Council, Future Cities Catapult and 100% Open, a firm of innovation experts.


Please click here to apply.  The deadline for applications is 17 August 2018.

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