|A dozen female-lead science and technology projects compete for a 1 million yuan grand prize at the 2018 Women's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition in south China's Guangdong province, on December 6. [Guangdong Women's Federation]|
A dozen female-led science and technology projects competed for a 1 million-yuan prize at the 2018 Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Women's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition, with the result announced on December 6.
A consumer 3D camera project won first prize in the enterprise category and an industrial program for cancer screening and intervention solution won the first in the team category.
In total, 18 projects were awarded a second prize, third prize or prize for excellence. The top recipient group received 200,000 of the total one million yuan shared among the winners.
"By participating in the competition, we have gained and accumulated valuable experience, and have enhanced our confidence and strength of entrepreneurial innovation. We hope the results will benefit patients in the future," Zhang Xiang, head of a winning team, told the interviewer after the competition.
The event, which started on September 6, was jointly launched by Guangdong Women's Federation (GWF), the Provincial Human Resources and Social Security Department, and Hengqin New District Management Committee in the city of Zhuhai.
In addition to funding, the award-winning projects and teams can also enjoy preferential policies such as site protection, guaranteed business loans, quality improvement grants, policy subsidies, talent selection recommendations, and one-stop HR services.
According to GWF, the organizer of the competition, the event fully implemented the spirit of the important speeches made by President Xi Jinping and the 12th National Women's Congress.
It also further promoted women's contributions in innovation; set up a platform for innovation and entrepreneurship among outstanding female talents; and, gathered women's strength in building the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area into a world-class area and a world-class city group.
According to statistics, as of October 12, the organizing committee had received 1,457 innovation and entrepreneurship projects from across the country. A total of 100 projects by 50 enterprise groups and 50 team groups entered the re-evaluation phase.
Among them, science and technology innovation projects accounted for 71 percent. As regards regional distribution, there were three projects from Hong Kong; four from Macao; and, ninety three from six provinces and cities including Guangdong, Beijing and Shanghai, and seventy three from nine cities in the Greater Bay Area.
Industry experts from different fields gathered in Hengqin to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the 100 finalists on October 25. A total of 20 projects of the enterprise group and the team group were selected for the finals on December 5.
Xu Liyong, president of Shenzhen Rongyuan Holding Group Co., a judge at the finals and tutors of the finalists, commented that the competition remained at a high level both in terms of project innovation and the quality of female entrepreneurs, and many projects had great potential for business investment.
He said, "The competition was successful. It provided a platform for the full display and wonderful bloom of the wisdom and talents of female entrepreneurs, and also created opportunities for investors."
According to GWF, the contest attracted a number of high-quality entries and participants, thereby establishing a new platform for innovation and entrepreneurship for the development of outstanding women.
Wang Junhui, head of Shaoguan's Shouyi Ormosia Weaving Cooperative, who won the third prize of the team group, said, "I am honored to meet female entrepreneurs in Hengqin. Thanks to the competition committee for providing us with such an opportunity, giving us female entrepreneurs a good platform and an access to showcase our own products and projects."
Zheng Kuan, co-founder of the company 4 Dage in Zhuhai, won the first prize of the enterprise group. She is a returnee entrepreneur, and currently serves as a member of Zhuhai Women Entrepreneurs Association and a representative of Zhuhai Municipal People's Congress.
Zheng said, "I hope to create more employment opportunities for society in the future, especially for women. We are also willing to share entrepreneurial experience with those who are ready to and have started businesses."
Participant Lu Yan has many years of experience in e-commerce and is currently employed as the senior vice-president of her company.
Lu said, "The competition reflects the encouragement of women's self-improvement. My team and I have systematically summed up the achievements of the project and the challenges facing us in the future. It's a great experience as well as a good opportunity."
According to GWF, federations at all levels in the province have adhered to Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era as their guidance; conscientiously implemented the spirit of the important speeches made by President Xi on women's work; and, promoted women's entrepreneurial innovation as a major deployment of mass entrepreneurship and innovation.
They also implemented the Women's Entrepreneurship and Innovation Campaign to help rural women boost their incomes; and, encouraged and guided women to continuously promote their innovative spirit and entrepreneurial ability through multiple channels.
In the past three years, women's federations at all levels in the province have conducted 20,000 training sessions; trained 1.1 million women; and, helped 750,000 people to start their businesses.
They have also established over 700 female entrepreneurship and innovation bases; and, distributed small-sum guaranteed loans of 3.4 billion yuan for women, benefiting some 31,000 entrepreneurs.
In order to better promote the development of female entrepreneurship and innovation and make full use of the location advantages and high-tech resources, GWF set up four Women's Entrepreneurship and Innovation Bases in the cities of Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai and Dongguan this year.
He Dingyi, member of the National Committee of the CPPCC (Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference) and president of the Macao Women's Federation, said women from the Macao SAR will work together with people from different sectors of society to actively participate in the construction of the Belt and Road initiative with the help of central beneficial policies.
They will also dedicate women's irreplaceable role of "holding up half the sky" in promoting the major strategic deployments for the area, the sustainable development of the Macao SAR and the prosperity of the country.
Feng Ling, president of GWF, also outlined their future work plan. She said the federation will further strengthen their work coverage; and, establish Women's Home centers in the female entrepreneurship and innovation bases in areas where women are concentrated.
They will also carry out services such as women's training, entrepreneurship guidance and legal rights protection to better serve women's needs; encourage them to actively participate in the construction of the area; and, make new contributions to making the Chinese dream of the great national rejuvenation come true.
(Source: Cnwomen.cn/ Translated and edited by Women of China)
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