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


2019 Cohort


2019 Cohort Brochure is now available!

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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.


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.


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.


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."


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



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