MIT-Tsinghua Future City Innovation Connector (FCIC)’s mission is to advance the impactful practice of entrepreneurship in China and beyond. The goals of FCIC is to support startups applying ideas to China’s rapidly growing urban areas by efficiently connecting them with key players of China’s urbanization market. FCIC has two key components: the Grant and the Platform.

The Grant

The Grant supports startups to conduct stakeholder and market research, refine products, and develop their pilot project and launch their venture. In 2020, FCIC Grant Committee will select 3-4 MIT startups to offer them travel grants range between $15,000, $10,000, $7500 to for China fieldwork between Jun 2020 to Dec 2020.

The Platform

The FCIC Platform will offer selected startups the following ecosystem engagement:

  • Connection with leading experts, industrial leaders, government leaders, entrepreneurs. Teams will engage with key stakeholders and getting feedback from them.

  • Facilitate communication and work processes to identify pilot sites and execute projects.

 

2018 Cohort

 
adaviv

adaviv

Harnessing AI to unleash nature's potential

biobot analytics

biobot analytics

Developing cutting-edge technology to transform sewers into public health observatories

CitoryTech

CitoryTech

Facilitating exploratory trips and reconnect people with the physical world

Constructure

Constructure

Casting positive influence on society

GAIA-E

GAIA-E

Mitigating climate change, eliminate air pollution, eradicate energy and water poverty

galloon

galloon

Quenching the thirsty world

kawsay

kawsay

Connecting communities to infrastructure services

LEANfm Technologies

LEANfm Technologies

Reinventing facilities management with artificial intelligence

Lt

Lt

Feel the city, intelligent commuting

Multimer

Multimer

Better decision based on human signals

Muyu Technology

Muyu Technology

Decrease 90% of water waste on hand washing

ROOTS STUDIO

ROOTS STUDIO

Digitizes the work and stories of traditional artists

Shurong Technology

Shurong Technology

Connecting multiple data sources for better business decisions

Sponge Studio

Sponge Studio

Design new public restrooms to make the city more beautiful.

Vthree.AI

Vthree.AI

Empowering the future of smart energy-saving cities.

Increasing the utilization of central city spaces

2019 Cohort

 
AISLED

AISLED

Outside Ads, Insider Information

Elite Intelligence

Elite Intelligence

Better Light,Better Life

Evavisdom

Evavisdom

Intelligent Identification of Water, Electricity, Gas, Heat and Industrial Instruments

InSanirator

InSanirator

Building Healthy and Resilient Cities of the Future

AgroBeads®

AgroBeads®

Agrotechnology for the Future

mappo

mappo

Connecting Urban Non-locals with Places and Events

currant.ai

currant.ai

Drive a Safer and Smarter Future

PlaceInt

PlaceInt

Know Your Place

Data Drive

Data Drive

Maximizing the Value of Every Driven Mile

Planit

Planit

A Dynamic Marketplace for Household Recyclables

Leafypolymer

Leafypolymer

Leading the Future of Greenery by Material Innovation

Tagger X

Tagger X

Online Data Processing Platform Help Rural Young Adults Get a Job

DomusAI

DomusAI

Better Design Accessible By Everyone

Zhen Robotics

Zhen Robotics

Last-mile Unmanned Delivery Robot

PinStreet

PinStreet

Package of Solutions in Public Participation

Instacam

Instacam

See Anywhere Anytime

2019 Cohort Brochure is now available!

 
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2018 CHINA VENTURE WORKSHOP

In partnership with DesignX

 

Only in its inaugural year, the MIT-Tsinghua Future City Innovation Connector’s (FCIC) distinct value and affordance for the MIT entrepreneurial ecosystem are already readily evident. FCIC’s core strength draws from China’s unique attributes. Due to China’s vast scale and exponential transformation, access to China comes with it a plethora of application scenarios and consequently more options for strategies to market. Even with the wide purview of its cohort, FCIC has facilitated helpful connections and potential pilot opportunities for each of its participating startups. 7 out of 16 teams have signed agreements with member companies for pilot projects, and will launch pilot projects in Beijing, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Wuhan, Hangzhou, Shanghai and Shenzhen.

Beijing

Demo Day

Yang Bin, Vice President of Tsinghua University, attended the event and delivered a speech. He expressed gratitude to the government, companies and individuals who have supported FCIC over the past year. FCIC has established extensive partnerships with Chinese cities and industries. This workshop will further promote the experimental results of the two universities in many Chinese cities.

Hangzhou

Demo Day

At the Demo event hosted by Tusincere in Hangzhou in July, the startup teams communicated with experts from China Smart City Forum, Alibaba City Brain about future city planning strategy and technology applications. After the project events, over 100 entrepreneurs conducted in-depth conversations and discussions with the startup teams.

Wuhan

Demo Day

At the Demo event hosted by Zall Holdings in Wuhan, executives from Wuhan Municipal Government Department attended the event, and 35 privately owned enterprise leaders and practitioners participated in pilot communications with the teams. Zhi Yan, chairman of Zall Holdings said, "Wuhan has always been a city that focuses on business model innovation. We hope that by introducing world-class innovation in technology, Wuhan will move faster in both business and technology innovation."

Shenzhen

Demo Day

The Demo event hosted by China Resources Land in Shenzhen, attracted more than 200 leaders and practitioners from think tank, investment community, and government departments in the Pearl River Delta region.

Academic Advisor
Yulin Chen, Associate Professor, School of Architecture, Tsingua University
Weixin Huang, Associate Professor, School of Architecture, Tsingua University
Miao Li, Associate Professor, School of Environment, Tsingua University
Xiaoyun Xie, Associate Professor, School of Architecture, Tsingua University
Fu Zhiyong, Associate Professor, Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University
Xi Lu, Associate Professor, School of Environment, Tsinghua University
Lu Zheng, Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences,Tsingua University
Xiaohong Zhou, Associate Professor, School of Environment, Tsingua University

Industry Advisor

Changfeng Ling, President of Hong Kong Land China

Jian Zhang, Founder and CEO of Nashwork

Joe Kwok, President of Nan Fung Group China

Bo Lin, General Manager of Tusincere Hangzhou

Xiaodong Wang, Co-founder and Deputy General Manager of Tongchuang Group

Yutao Peng, Marketing Director, Changjiang Youth City Development (Wuhan) 

Jeff Shen, CEO, Leping Foundation

James Shen, CFC Visiting Innovation Fellow

Guocheng Zhai, CFC Visiting Innovation Fellow

Weiqi Zhao, lead engineer of Rokid, series entrepreneur

IN THE NEWS

 
MIT News - May 31, 2018

MIT News - May 31, 2018

China Venture Workshop announces first cohort

MIT News - February 14, 2018

MIT News - February 14, 2018

New connector helps faculty, student startups launch in China

MIT News - September 19, 2017

MIT News - September 19, 2017

MIT and Tsinghua University sign urban innovation agreement

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