• Conference Theme: Building Entrepreneurial Relationships between Massachusetts and the Zhejiang Province
  • Conference Time: 8:00 – 18:00 EST, Monday & Tuesday, June 6-7, 2011
  • Mission of the Conference: It is increasingly evident that innovation and entrepreneurship are becoming central to a state’s economic health, and Massachusetts is no exception. WPI, as the leading institution in the heart of the state and an active member in global outreach, plays a significant role in paving the way for connecting these enterprises in the US and China. This conference represents WPI’s first attempt to provide a platform for the business communities in Massachusetts and Zhejiang Province to exchange information, understand each other’s needs and interests, and explore collaboration opportunities.

Tentative Conference Program

Day 1: June 6, 2011, Odeum, Campus Center, WPI
8:00-8:40 Continental Breakfast and Registration
8:40-9:00 Opening Remarks: Dr. Mark Rice, Founding Dean of School of Business at WPI, and Mr. Jack Healy, Director of MassMEP
9:00-9:40 Plenary Speech 1: “Economic Outlook and Innovation in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts”, by Greg Bialecki, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development in Massachusetts

Plenary Speech 2: “Economic Outlook and Innovation in Zhejiang Province”, by government official from Zhejiang Province

Mr. Yingzhong Gao, Executive Deputy Director of Zhejiang Economic and Information Technology Commission and Director of SME Bureau

10:20-10:40 Morning Coffee Break
10:40-11:20 Plenary Speech 3: “Impacts of China’s Rise as a Clean Technology Powerhouse”, by Sanford (Sandy) Selman, Asia West LLC
11:20-12:20 Q&A with the Plenary Speakers
12:30-13:30 Chinese food buffet lunch
13:30-14:30 Plenary Session 1: Exchanging  Ideas (Moderator: Dr. Amy Zeng and Dr. Hansong Pu)
14:30-15:00 Q&A with the speakers
15:00-15:15 Afternoon Coffee Break

Plenary Session 2: Exploring Collaborations (Moderator: Dr. Jennifer Rudolph)

16:15-16:45 Q&A with the Plenary Speakers (Moderator: Dr. Jennifer Rudolph)
16:45-17:00 Closing Remarks: Dr. Frank Hoy, Beswick Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, School of Business, WPI
17:00-18:00 Networking reception
Day 2, June 7, 2011, Higgins House, WPI
8:30-17:00  Plant Tours

Plant Tours - Bus Departs Promptly at 8:45 

1 FLEXcon Industrial Park, Spencer, MA 01562

FLEXcon is the world’s leading supplier of self-adhesive films. With more than 50 years of expertise, this family business has the most extensive offering in the industry with over 500 standard products. What sets FLEXcon apart from everyone else is their ability to custom tailor a solution. This plant tour will provide firsthand knowledge and insights about why the company can achieve high level of flexibility.

Lunch will be provided on the bus

101 Union Street, Clinton, MA 01510

Nypro is a $1.1 billion global plastics leader serving the Healthcare, Packaging and Consumer & Electronics industries, along with additional markets through their strategic companies. It is one of the largest employee-owned companies in the world with over 17,000 Nypro team members at 44 locations in 15 countries.

Gateway Park, 60 Prescott Street, Worcester, MA 01605

MBI is a private, independent economic development organization dedicated to job creation and innovative healthcare throughout Massachusetts by promoting the growth of start-up biomedical companies.



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