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17th Chunhui Cup

Global Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Welcome to 2022 Chunhui Cup entrepreneurship competition

28 July 2022

GBCA was proud to host the 17th “Chunhui Cup” Global Students Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition—Melbourne Qualification Finals and Awards Ceremony online on 28th July. Ten entrepreneurship teams have presented their proposals in the competition. The topics covered cultural creativity, biomedical/electronic information, new materials, high-efficiency energy saving, modern services and other major innovation fields. Ten prizes, including the “Cloud Innovation” special award, were given to these teams.

We were honoured to have Mr Chunming Guo, Education Counsellor of the Chinese Consulate-General in Melbourne and Ms Rong Shen, Suzhou government representative in China, to address the welcoming and opening remarks.

A judging panel composed of outstanding experts from academia, industry and investors, chaired by Prof.Qinglong Han, Vice-Chancellor and Distinguished Professor of the Swinburne University of Technology, made comments and feedback on the individual project after its roadshow during the competition.

The experts of the judging panel include: Professor Yaolin Wang, Director, Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies, The University of Melbourne; Dr Zhu Hongjian, Head of Cancer Signalling Research Laboratory in Department of Surgery, The University of Melbourne; Professor Huanting Wang, ARC Australian Laureate Fellow, Fellow of The Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, Director of the ARC Research Hub for Energy-efficient Separation, Monash University; Professor Xiang Yang, Dean, Digital Research, Swinburne University of Technology; Professor Kefei Zhang, Distinguished Professor of China University of Mining and Technology, and Honorary Professor of RMIT University; Professor Hua Wang, University of Victoria; Mr  Songyu Gao, Founder and CEO of BMYG Financial Investment Group; Ms. Audrey Zheng, State Manager, Bank of China Melbourne Branch; Mr. Yuansheng Pan, General Manager, China Southern Airlines  (Melbourne office); Mr. Wayne Mo, CEO of AL Capital.

Counsellor Guo encouraged the students to remain innovative. He hopes these excellent projects will create a more efficient, sustainable, convenient, and beautiful world.

Prof.Han emphasised the outstanding quality of the projects. The judging panels all agreed that numerous cutting-edge ideas are highly practical and can be implemented immediately.

Since its inception in 2006, the Chunhui Cup has become one of China’s most prestigious student innovation and entrepreneurship competitions, with qualifiers in over 30 countries. Since 2018, GBCA has partnered with the Chinese Consulate-General in Melbourne to host the annual Chunhui Cup Melbourne qualifier and organise pre-match counselling, to assist participants in making local connections, boosting the domestic ecosystem in Victoria, and establishing productive business links between Victoria and China.

The 17th Chunhui Cup Melbourne qualifier has received 18 entrepreneurship proposals from the students in the University of Melbourne, Monash University, RMIT University, Deakin University, Swinburn University of Technology and Victoria University. The entire participating team hails from Australia, Europe, North America, and Asia; over 90% of the team members hold either a doctorate or a master’s degree. Internationalisation, high education, cutting-edge technology, and innovation have become essential labels.

The ‘Chunhui Cup Students Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition’, aka ‘Chunhui Cup’, is the most prestigious and influential entrepreneurial competition in China. Over the last sixteen years, the ‘Chunhui Cup’ has awarded over 3,424 international entrepreneurial projects from a wide range of disciplines, including information technology, biomedicine, environmental science, opto-mechatronics, materials science, new energy resources, agricultural science, cultural innovation and many more. At the same time, the competition continued to innovate its model, and successfully expanded 11 sub-competitions in the world. The ‘Chunhui Cup’ Competition has become widely recognized as an indispensable role in guiding and supporting young people to initiate business ventures.

Melbourne Qualifier Introduction:

Chunhui Cup 2022

The Melbourne Qualifier is a localised competition that provides the participants with a platform to demonstrate their innovative business plans to the relevant local industrial experts and potential chance to start their business in Australia or China. It also opens a door for those who want to understand and learn more entrepreneur experience.

In the past three years, GBCA has successfully held three ‘Chunhui Cup’ Melbourne qualifiers, which attracted 52 entries from well-known universities such as the University of Melbourne, Monash University, RMIT and Victoria University. The projects covered many emerging industries such as artificial intelligence, intelligent platforms, medicine and energy.

Numerous well-known experts and venture capital institutions assisted in the competitions. Knowledge, capital, and resources were gathered to help students break through entrepreneurial bottlenecks, create financing and cooperation opportunities, and help upgrade and incubate projects in Victoria. As a high-end innovation and entrepreneurship competition in Australia, this year’s qualifier will progress further with the valuable experience from the previous ‘Chunhui Cup’ competitions.

GBCA's Role:

GBCA has long been committed to acting as a bridge to link, linking between ‘Chunhui Cup’ and Australia. With the support and contribution from various student associations and youth organisations, GBCA will co-ordinate the collection of innovative and entrepreneurial projects submitted by the students and start-ups across different universities in Australia, especially in Victoria and Tasmania, for the final competition. GBCA will take advantages of its rich industry resources in Australia and China to actively help students transform their business projects at different stages of entrepreneurship. Various of workshops and one-to-one mentorship will be provided for them, such as IP, write a business plan and how to market and pitch the project.

Besides, GBCA will also link students and their projects to VCs in Australia and help them understand the market and resources, build networking, understanding what the VC expect for a successful project to get funding. As the COVID-19 has affected changes in social models and business models, we would also like to provide the platform for students to seek where are the biggest opportunities and challenges that new start-ups can reap.

Information for Pre-selection:

Requirements for participating projects: in line with national laws and regulations and industrial policies; possessing intellectual property rights and no disputes over property rights; having a high level of innovation and strong market competitiveness, and better potential economic and social benefits; with high technology, high added value, science and technology innovation projects or ideas that are environmentally friendly and have good economic and social effects.

Participants: Chinese students studying or working in Victoria and Tasmania with a bachelor’s degree or above. Australians are also encouraged to participate as project members (as long as one of the team members is Chinese). Each participating student is limited to declare one project, which can be reported by individuals or by the team. The contest will no longer accept the contestants of the previous ‘Chunhui Cup’ contest winners. Previous participants who have not won the prize can also register for the competition.

Expert Panel of Judges:

We have successfully invited many high profiled experts and scholars to serve as judges of this competition, including Vice Chancellors, distinguished professors, directors of research centres, and legal and accounting business owners in Australia.

GBCA Information:

Global Business College of Australia (GBCA) is a registered training organisation authorised by ASQA and offers vocational education courses to both local and international students. More than 2,000 students from over 20 countries have been enrolled in GBCA to study a wide range of accredited courses. In a significant partnership with the University of Canberra (UC), from 2017, GBCA has established and managed UC’s Melbourne campus on its premises offering high demand UC degree and master programs in Business and Accounting.  In addition, GBCA also provides a series of training programs for corporate executives, team building sessions and student study tours. Customised training has been provided for many well-known companies and institutions, including CITIC, Bank of China, R&F Group, Ivy Real Estate, and Country Garden.

Proposed Agenda:

16 June 2022Launch Ceremony
16 June - 15 July 2022     3 Workshops for Supporting Competition Candidates
17 June 2022Registration Deadline
19 July 2022Preliminaries preliminary project selection
21 July 2022Preliminaries final project expert selection
22 July 2022Announcing the finalists of the qualifying round
28 July 2022Melbourne Pre-selection Final
31 July 2022Submissions for Chinese Grand Final

Virtual Launch Ceremony

Date: Thursday 16 June 2022
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM (AEST)
Venue: Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 973 6746 6661

Time Flow   Arrangement
10:00-10:05        MC Opening Introduction
10:05:10:15        Opening remarks by the Acting Consul General Jianhua Zeng, The Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Melbourne
10:16-10:26        Welcome speech by Ms Fiona Letos, Director of International Education, Global Victoria
10:27-10:37Welcome speech by Professor John Dewar, Vice-Chancellor, La Trobe University
10:38-10:48     Introductory speech by Dr Celina Ping Yu, Managing Director, Global Business College of Australia (GBCA)
10:50-11:00      Experience sharing by Dr Yu Fu, 2020 & 2021 Award Winners in Melbourne Qualifier