European Project ERICENA/ ENRICH

European Research and Innovation Centre of Excellence in China

The European project ERICENA (European Research and Innovation Centre of Excellence in China) supports with the foundation of a European Research and Innovation Centre in China (Beijing) European researchers, entrepreneurs and innovative actors to facilitate their access to information on cooperation opportunities in China in the areas of science, technology and innovation.

With the establishment of the Research and innovation Centre ENRICH (European Network of Research and Innovation Centres and Hubs in China) in October 2017, ERICENA offers public and private European and Chinese clients services, which support cooperation in the areas of science, technology and innovation with China and which facilitate a better networking of European researchers and entrepreneurs within the Chinese market.

ENRICH in China is part of the ENRICH Network, which as well established two Research and Innovation Centres in the USA and Brazil.

13 organisations of 8 different countries (Portugal, Belgium, Austria, Germany, Norway, Greece, Switzerland and China) are involved in the ERICENA consortium. Moreover, the centre is supported by a network of nodes (currently one in Chengdu) and innovations hubs (e.g. Chinese science parks with special offers for European clients), which complement the offers of ENRICH.

ENRICH in China offers the following services:

  • RDI (Research Development and Innovation) Consultancy and Coaching

Specialised support, customised strategic orientation and personalised technical assistance to support clients, building upon their specific STI (science, technology and innovation) needs and priorities related to China.

  • STI/RDI Intelligence

Enhanced knowledge of the Chinese STI landscape through innovation assessments, feasibility studies, technology vigilance and foresight analysis.

  • Innovative Support Certification

Certification of credible innovation-related service providers, helping European STI to identify and work with the most reliable entities in the Chinese market.

  • Soft Landing and Co-working

Steering organizations for a smooth entrance into the Chinese market, through localization guidance, space offer, administrative support and compliance checks.

  • Fostering Open Innovation through training

Targeted training through short courses and workshops on open innovation management, knowledge and technology transfer, co-creation of products and user-driven innovation.

  • Cooperation Enabling Events

Matchmaking sessions, roadshows, business visits, scientific exchangers, seminars and conferences that build trust and drive the exploitation of research, innovation and business collaborative opportunities.

  • RDI Briefing

Updates on the most recent trends, drivers and opportunities in the Chinese STI system through ENRICH briefings, news, alerts and other online information sharing tools.

An overview of currently offered workshops, trainings, webinars or events can be found here

With the closure of the project ERICENA (2021), ENRICH in China will continue as an independently financed and self-sustainable centre.

ERICENA is coordinated by the Portuguese organisation SPI – Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação. As a project partner in ERICENA Steinbeis 2i GmbH (S2i) leads the work package “Analysis of the frameworks of the Chinese market” and is as well responsible for the implementation of PESTLE and SWOT analysis and the organization of two strategic workshops. Moreover S2i leads the development of the revenue model for the center and the analysis of main risks which could influence the project outcomes. Besides that S2i is involved in the daily operations of the development of the centre and contributed to the proposal writing and the contract negotiations with the European Commission.

Countries: Austria, Belgium, Greece, Germany, Norway,  Portugal, Switzerland and China

Portrait Eduardo Herrmann
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