UNNC Incubator Park officially opens
The Ningbo Nottingham International Incubator Park was today officially opened by Professor Sir David Greenaway, retiring Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nottingham and Jianyun Wang, Deputy Secretary-General of Ningbo Government.
Located on the 4th floor of the Sir David and Lady Susan Greenaway Building, the Incubator Park aims to be a leading regional international entrepreneurship centre. It will provide a focal point for the local Ningbo community to share ideas and support new business start-ups. It will also provide a clear entry point for external partner organisations seeking local and international business or technology collaborations.
Speaking at the opening, Sir David said: “I’m really excited to be opening this facility today, because it mirrors some things we have in the UK. What we wanted to do was take great ideas and great people. Maybe they are alumni or business people out in the local community who want to work with the talent that we’ve got here, in order to nurture new start-ups and enterprises. This will only grow.”
Concerning the Incubator’s impact on the local community, Sir David commented that such engagement was fundamental. “We are always looking for ways to add value to the community in which we are embedded. Some of it will be providing the care and attention young businesses need when they are just getting started.”
Also speaking at the official opening, UNNC Provost Chris Rudd spoke of his ambitions for the Incubator: “My main vision is that our present and future students get involved in entrepreneurship and bring their innovations into this fantastic new facility. In two years we’ll be moving to a much larger facility, so we have firm plans for expansion.”
Also at the opening ceremony, China Resources and Bio City signed MoUs for future collaboration with the University.
Fourteen companies have so far moved into the Incubator Park.
Posted on 19 September 2017