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Sci-tech Innovation
 
 
 
I Hope New Business Starters to Look for and Real...
By Shao Ning


Two decades ago, Yangpu District was an important old industrial base in Shanghai and China. Ten years ago, Yangpu District became a knowledge innovation district with cooperation between universities, industrial parks and communities. In 2010, it became a national innovation-oriented pilot urban area in China. Yangpu District, located in Northeastern part of Shanghai, is experiencing ground-breaking transformation in these years. Today, what kind of important role will Yangpu District play while Shanghai is constructing a science and technology innovation center with global influence?


In the afternoon on the day before yesterday, Xie Jiangang, Deputy Chief of Yangpu District Party Committee and Governor of Yangpu District, accepted an exclusive interview of our reporter. He said that while Shanghai is constructing a science and technology innovation center with global influence, Shanghai Municipal Government has determined Yangpu District as an important bearing area for this science and technology innovation center to build up a “demonstration district for popular innovation”. This is an important opportunity for Yangpu District with great significance.


According to Xie Jiangang, Yangpu District has advantages on three aspects in terms of science and technology innovation: foundation, resource and carrier. After making several years of exploration and practice, Yangpu District has constructed 20 hi-tech parks with universities and research institutes in the district, covering 1.84 million square meters. Yangpu District has also constructed a “before business startups-entrepreneurial nursery-incubator-accelerator” innovation and entrepreneurship service chain and formed a diversified science, technology and finance service system at the initial stage.


In this year, Yangpu District takes “voluntarily connect to construction for Shanghai Science and Technology Innovation Center and strive to become a bearing area for Shanghai Science and Technology Innovation Center” as the only research project of the District Party Committee, and tries to look for a positioning and coordinate for Yangpu District during the construction process of the science and technology innovation center. According to results of analysis, Yangpu District has good comprehensive strength in the fore-end (R&D) and medium-end (technology transfer and technology diffusion) of the innovation chain, and therefore, is suitable for focusing on innovation and entrepreneurship. Yangpu District connects with the construction for Shanghai Science and Technology Innovation Center, focuses on three key elements: space, policy and service, and constructs a demonstration area for “popular innovation”, a pioneering area for innovative policy and a demonstration area for innovation service system.


To achieve these goals, Yangpu District will upgrade its urban space layout focusing on innovation and entrepreneurship and form a functional layout of “core area + extending area + radiation area”. Wujiaochang (Knowledge & Innovation Community) will become a core area of innovation and entrepreneurship, gathering various kinds of entrepreneurship spaces, leading enterprises, functional platforms, service institutions and innovation elements on Daxue Road and East Guoding Road. Extending areas include the headquarter R&D cluster area on Dalian Road and New Jiangwan Town international community. Several R&D platforms of multinational corporations, e.g. Siemens from Germany, and innovation-oriented institutions, e.g. New Jiangwan Campus of Fudan University, National Eastern Tech-Transfer Center and SPD Silicon Valley Bank, will settle in this area. The radiation areas include the development zone nearby Huangpu River and surrounding areas. “In the future, the 15.5 kilometer’s long riverside zone will become a bright business card of Yangpu District,” said Xie Jiangang.


Yangpu District boasts of one hundred years of history in terms of industry, university and city planning. These are valuable treasures of Yangpu people. But how would these valuable treasures create a bright future for Yangpu District nowadays? “Can we encourage talents to stay in Yangpu District through the construction for a science and technology innovation center, and assist them on making experiments on their inventions and practicing their innovation results in Yangpu District first? In the future, whether it is possible for Yangpu District to build up a modern service sector that is worth ten billion, even one-hundred billion yuan? In terms of urban construction, what should we do to create a high-grade urban image for Yangpu District?” According Xie Jiangang, Yangpu District Party Committee and Yangpu District Government are carefully considering these questions.


Finally, Xie Jiangang sends an invitation to ambitious young people at home and abroad: “Yangpu District has abundant elements and resources for entrepreneurship. The district government continues to make improvement on innovation and entrepreneurship service. I hope new business starters to look for, nurture and realize their dreams in Yangpu District!” 

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