The 2nd annual U.S.-China Link, a Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) initiative, is aimed at leveraging the university's renowned undergraduate global projects program to give small-and medium-sized manufacturers in Massachusetts an effective and low-cost way to explore business opportunities, learn about best practices, and establish collaborative partnerships in China. WPI, as a leading research university and an active member in global outreach, plays a significant role in paving the way for connecting businesses in the U.S. and China.
Themed "Building Entrepreneurial Relationships between Massachusetts and the Zhejiang Province," the conference is co-organized by the WPI School of Business and the School of Management at Hangzhou Dianzi University (HDU) in China. This is the institutions' first effort 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.
June 6 (WPI Campus Center Odeum); June 7 (WPI Higgins House), 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Greg Bialecki, Mass. Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, will give a presentation.
Executives from local organizations as MassChallenge, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, Massachusetts Export Center, FLEXCon, Massachusetts Biomedical Initiative, and Nypro will give presentations and conduct tours of their facilities.
The U.S.-China Link conference is hosted at WPI with support from the Business and International Education Program of the U.S. Department of Education and MassMEP through a grant obtained by professors Amy Zeng, Yiming (Kevin) Rong, and Jennifer Rudolph. Other sponsors are Worcester Business Journal, MassChallenge, and EMC Corp.'s Asian Circle organization.