2023 Urban Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition

The fourth Urban Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition sponsored by the Alliance of Guangzhou International Sister-City Universities and hosted by the University of Padua will be held from March to November 2023.

The competition is promoted by members of the GISU alliance with the support of the People's Government of the Guangzhou Municipality.

The theme of the competition is Promoting Sustainable Urban Development with Scientific and Technological Innovation, focusing on Science Entrepreneurship. Based upon this theme, various types of innovation and entrepreneurship-related projects are welcome. Strategic goals of each city's economic and social development should be considered with the basic idea of promoting sustainable urban development through scientific and technological innovation.

Competition Finalists will be judged by the following criteria but not limited to:

  • Innovation
  • Team
  • Commerciality
  • Social Benefits
  • Communication

Eligible participants are full-time students over 18 years old or graduates within 5 years of graduation (graduates after 2018) from GISU member universities. Each team must have at least two participating members and must be actual members of the project. The principal applicant will be considered as the team leader.

Based on different projects and categories, competition groups include:

  • CONCEPT TEAMS: Members of the team have not funded a company, but have a business idea or project.
  • START-UP TEAMS: Members have launched a start-up company. The company must not have been established before 2021. The equity of the legal representative of the participating enterprise shall not be less than 10% and the total equity of the participating members shall not be less than 1/3. The corporate legal representative shall not be allowed to make changes after the announcement of the contest.

The teams are invited to illustrate how the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals can benefit from their projects with a specific focus on innovation, multidisciplinary and impactful concepts to include entrepreneurship and innovation.

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Unizar is part of the Alliance of Guangzhou International Sister-City Universities. Last year the startup Maximiliana, founded by unizar's students got the final prize: