[JCI Kowloon] International Business Development Program successfully held in 2023

The business development flagship project “INNO Leaders International Business Development Program” hosted by JCI Kowloon was successfully concluded, and the closing ceremony was held on August 12.

Innovation and technology development play a key role in Hong Kong future planning.  The National 14th Five-Year Plan has supported the development of Hong Kong in eight key areas (“eight centers”), including the international innovation and technology center.

Being a youth development NGO, The INNO Leaders International Business Development  Program 2023 is organised to provide opportunities for INNO Leaders in Hong Kong to connect with innovation professionals and mature inno-tech entrepreneurs from all over the world, so as to inspire business development ideas in Hong Kong’s innovation business; to provide GBA area visits and exchange opportunities to innovative startups in Hong Kong; and to build a top talent platform for innovative startups to develop valuable networks with young professionals and young entrepreneurs, to lay the foundation for future business growth.

 INNO Leaders Needs Analyze

JCI Kowloon conducted a questionnaire survey From 2022 October to 2023 February, invited Hong Kong entrepreneurs who are aged 18 or above or any industry professionals who intend to start a business, to understand the current situation regarding innovation and technology development in Hong Kong.

The results showed that most Hong Kong young leaders in innovation and technology are interested in starting a business in the Greater Bay Area, but are afraid to move forward due to insufficient information and a lack of interpersonal network.

At the press conference of the survey, Mr. Duncan Chiu, Mr. Duncan Chiu (Legislative Council Member Technology & Innovation Constituency, HKITJC President, Chairman of HKTDC), mentioned that there are strong supports from Mainland China for the establishment of the International Innovation and Technology Hub, Hong Kong should take the advantages on the country’s development strategy, to explore and to enhance the scientific research development and look into the investment opportunities in order to put Hong Kong and Mainland China on the same track.

INNO Explore – GBA

Dongguan Songshan Lake High-tech Industrial Development Zone is a national-level development zone in Dongguan City, Guangdong Province, China. It has also brought together a group of leading enterprises and high-tech R&D institutions.

In recent years, many investment promotion policies especially for Hong Kong Citizens have also been launched. 27-28 May 2023, we organized a visit there for participants to gain an in-depth understanding of policies and expand networks.

The itinerary includes some Business Visits to Dongguan and Incubator visit, and Seminars on investment promotion policies, a Business Networking Dinner with the President of Dongguan HSBC Bank, and local lawyer, and many young entrepreneurs in Dongguan, as well as Sightseeing in Dongguan, to feel the natural beauty of Songshan Lake.

INNO Explore – Nagoya

The “INNO Leaders – International INNO Explore – Nagoya hosted was successfully held on June 15-18, 2023. The main participants are young people aged 18 to 35 who are interested in technology entrepreneurship, aim to provide Hong Kong’s innovation and technology leaders with business development opportunities, get to know world-class successful companies and build an international network.

Through the four-day and three-night itinerary, INNO Leaders visited large innovation and technology institutions in Nagoya, including ASKA, Toyota, etc. INNO Leadersalso visited a sake brewery to learn about the automatic technology of wine bottle recycling and reuse. From their working mode, the meticulousness of production, and the fulfillment of social responsibilities, they have inspired new thinking in business development and innovation and technology development;

INNO Leaders also made business exchanges with outstanding entrepreneurs in Nagoya, expanding their international network;

INNO Leaders also communicated with representatives of the Chinese Consulate in Nagoya to understand the process and support for Chinese people to do business in Japan.