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Case study: Qingdao agreement

In 2018, Cambridge Enterprise signed an agreement with Shandong University and Shibei District of Qingdao, China, providing consultancy and training for the establishment of the Shandong University School of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and working at District level to develop the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Laying the foundation for the next two years, the first year of the agreement included:

  • Delivery of  a report on Shandong University’s enterprise ecosystem
  • A visit to Cambridge by key representatives from Shandong University
  • A ‘Train the Trainers’ enterprise programme for academic staff, establishment of an expert panel to provide advice
  • Stakeholder training
  • Advisory Board meetings

Despite a hiatus during the COVID-19 pandemic, follow-on activities have been confirmed to build on this work including developing student and researcher entrepreneurial activity, sharing learnings from developing successful innovation ecosystems and sharing experience of building alumni relationships, especially around developing funds for university start-ups and spin-outs.

The programme is building greater insight into the management of intellectual property and commercialisation activities by Chinese universities, and how this can be effectively supported within the region.