Interns from 10 Countries Gather at Huaqiangbei’s CEC i-Valley

Hong Kong Innovation Services

On the evening of July 17th, CEC i-Valley turned into a small “United Nations” as roughly 80 young people from the United Kingdom, United States, Italy, Denmark, South Korea, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Brazil, Poland, Hong Kong, and China gathered there, most of whom being interns of CRCC Asia who’ve come to Shenzhen.  

This Chinese Business Seminar organized by CRCC Asia, and also the 19th “Happy Hour @ HQB,” was sponsored by the Huaqiangbei Government, CEC i-Valley, and Hong Kong Innovation Services. 

Group photo of all interns, organizers, and speakers

Group Photo of organizers and speakers

CRCC Asia is a global recruitment consulting firm based in London, UK, which was established in 2006 to provide internship opportunities for university students and recent graduates from around the world. CRCC Asia has launched an internship program in China, which has sent 7116 participants from more than 150 countries around the world (with that number still increasing). They currently offer 8 internship sites including Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Tokyo, Osaka, Ho Chi Minh City, Seoul, and Manchester and are the world leaders in providing internship opportunities. 

CRCC Asia (Shenzhen) General Manager David HODGSON pointed out in his welcome address that during this year there have been more than 100 interns from all around the world, mainly from the United Kingdom and the United States, who have come to Shenzhen. Currently, there are about 80 interns, most of which have never been to China before, and are extremely interested in the innovative capital of Shenzhen.

David HODGSON giving his welcome address

SUN Wei, General Manager of CEC i-Valley, focused on introducing the history of China Electronics Group and Huaqiangbei, and CEC i-Valley as a resource for international intelligent hardware gathering, while also inviting the international youth to participate.

SUN Wei introducing Huaqiangbei

LAW Yee Ping, the Community Director of CEC i-Valley and Managing Director of Hong Kong Innovation Services introduced the capabilities of the Greater Bay Area of Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macau by discussing the success stories of Tencent founder Ma Huateng and DJI (Dajiang Innovation) founder Frank Wang. In using these examples, the international youth were better able to understand the true power of merging the international finance center of Hong Kong, the innovation center of Shenzhen, with the strength of the production capacity of the other cities in the Greater Bay Area. 

LAW Yee Ping introducing the Greater Bay Area of Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macau

The conference also invited Brightwood CEO Brian HIRSH to talk about his crowdfunding experience. 

Brian Hirsh

ClimateOrb CEO Shachindra KUMAR talks about his experiments with startups.

Shachindra KUMAR

Enderum Founder and CEO Hellen MA discusses how to empower the economy. 

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Happy Hour @ HQB’s other focus is to provide all participants with the opportunity to enjoy exquisite and distinctive refreshments, where they may also easily communicate with other guests to exchange creative ideas.

Since the participants were mainly from the UK, the conference specially arranged English-style burgers, European-style bread, and London Red Sticksology tea bags. This allowed the dozens of Shenzhen visitors to get a little taste of home.

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Interns from 10 Countries Gather at Huaqiangbei’s CEC i-Valley
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