The time when German companies were looking to China for low-cost production is long gone. Topics such as Smart City, Artificial Intelligence, mobile payment, e-commerce and electromobility have enabled China's economy to take up a pole position at a rapid pace.
Analogous to the successful example of the Innovation Bridge in Israel, the BMR is building up a strong network with Chinese innovation centres such as Shenzhen, Shanghai and Beijing in order to network stakeholders from the Ruhr area with pacemakers in China.
In a first step, the Metropole Ruhr and the AHK Greater China are developing an innovation scouting service that will identify interesting start-ups from China on a monthly basis, initially on the subject of Smart City, and explore cooperation opportunities for Ruhr area companies.
In addition to the direct added value for companies from the Metropole Ruhr, the innovation scouting of the BMR links potential Chinese settlement candidates with the Metropole Ruhr in a sustainable way.
In the medium term, the BMR will use the Innovation Bridge China to organise events in the Ruhr area and in China together with the growing network and to set up bilateral cooperation projects, similar to the sustainable projects resulting from the Innovation Bridge Israel such as RICA and CityTech RUHR.
For interested companies, the Innovation Bridge China offers the opportunity to have a fee-based, individual innovation scouting conducted in China via the BMR. We are happy to discuss the current technological challenges of your company with you and adapt the search criteria according to your needs. As a participant in Innovation Scouting, you become a direct member of the Innovation Bridge China and benefit directly from the growing network.