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UNNC recognised as advocate for entrepreneurship

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Provost Nick Miles receives the certificate from The Duke of York

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) has been acknowledged as a Pitch @Palace advocate.

Founded by HRH Prince Andrew, The Duke of York in 2014, Pitch @Palace (meaning making a business pitch to the palace) is a platform that supports entrepreneurs to accelerate and amplify their ideas.

At a ceremony in Shenzhen, China on Sunday April 14th, The Duke of York presented the advocate certificate to UNNC Provost Nick Miles.

During the three years of Pitch @Palace in China, UNNC has put forward many students and alumni run start-ups, with several of these beating off thousands of competitors to pitch successfully at the national final. These include Ningbo Yikun Sports and Innov8tia, both founded by UNNC alumni. In this year’s China 3.0 final, YiKun Sports returned to share its ongoing experiences and successes.

Also involved with Pitch @Palace China 3.0 was Professor Martin Lockett, Dean of the UNNC Business School who acted as a semi-final judge. UNNC Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship Vincent Kuo also served as a boot-camp mentor.

At the event, Provost Nick Miles commented that the certificate was not only recognition of UNNC’s support to the competition, but the University’s commitment to cultivating entrepreneurship.

Nick Miles said: “I’m delighted to accept the honour on behalf of UNNC. Developing student entrepreneurship has always been put at a strategic level. In the past few years, the University has been continuously increasing investment to support students and alumni seeking to grow new businesses. I’m proud of the entrepreneurial eco-system we have created on campus.”

UNNC also signed an agreement with Pitch @Palace China for a long term strategic partnership. Mia Shen, Senior Manager of Li Dak Sum Incubator and UNNC liaison for Pitch @Palace China said the agreement would further strengthen ties.

She said, “We met many UNNC alumni in Shenzhen this time. More and more students and alumni are getting connected with Pitch @Palace and benefit from it as entrepreneurs, investors, collaborators, or even staff. Going forward, we will provide continuous support for the competition.”


Posted on 16 April 2019