EU Project Innovation Centre (Chengdu)

EU Project Innovation Centre

Segree Dai

The EU Project Innovation Centre (EUPIC) is a non-profit organization established in Chengdu (China) in 2006 under the Asia Invest II Project, a European Union initiative promoting and supporting business cooperation between the EU and Asia.

EUPIC is a comprehensive platform promoting trade, investment and technical cooperation between the EU and China. The Center is actively supported by the European Commission, the Torch Centre, the Ministry of Science and Technology of China, the Sichuan Provincial People’s Government, the Chengdu Municipal People’s Government and the Management Committee of Chengdu Hi-tech Industrial Development Zone.

EUPIC promotes technology innovation and technology transfer among enterprises, universities, science and technology parks, industrial clusters and governmental organizations.With itsextensive network in both the EU and in China and professional resources, EUPIC is also supporting the soft landing of EU companies to China, while at the same time helping the internationalization strategies of Chinese companies. Over the last few years, EUPIC has successfully supportedmore than 50 EU enterprises establishing in China and welcomed more than 3,000 visitors in Chengdu, including EU Officials, Business Delegations and Organizations. EUPIC has also arranged and coordinatedmore than 100 matchmaking meetings between EU and Chinese enterprises. The Centeractsalso as a Project Executionpartner applying and taking part in bilateral and multilateral aid programmes funded by both the EU and Chinese governments.

In 2010, EUPIC was appointed as Sichuan Branch of “China Innovation Relay Centre” by Torch Centre of the Ministry of Science and Technology of China. EUPIC is also the member of International Strategic Alliance initiated by Torch Centre. In addition, EUPIC was also entitled by the Investment Promotion Agency of the China Department of Commerce as “World Innovation and Investment Promotion Centre” - Chengdu Base

In April 2011, EUPIC has obtained from the DG Enterprise of European Commission the approval for the application of “EEN West China”Network, covering ten provinces including Sichuan, Chongqing, Yunnan, Guizhou, Xinjiang, Tibet, Qinghai, Gansu, Ningxia, and Shaanxi. The establishment of “EEN West China” will greatlyenhance the understanding of European market by Chinese enterprises and therefore their international development through the increase of the cooperation potentials between the companies in West China and European countries. EEN West China aims to help SMEs in West China developing their enterprises capabilities, expanding their market, attracting investment, facilitating R&D of new products, bringing in talents, promoting the interaction between enterprises and governments and building a platform for information-sharing and cooperation between SMEs from China and Europe.