Entrepreneurial Immersion China: 2007 takes you to Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. You may extend your trip
with up to three optional packages to include sightseeing in Beijing and Xi'an or an additional business-related stop in Macau.
Download the day-by-day itinerary here (PDF).
|Entrepreneurial Immersion: China 2007|
|Arrival and welcome dinner|
|Spend the morning learning about the cultural context doing business in China. Hear from the U.S. Embassy in China and senior Chinese government officials and economists. Spend the afternoon with a representative from IBM Global Business Services to discuss entrepreneurial opportunities in China's second- and third-tier cities, then learn about China's legal and regulatory background with Silver Sponsor TransAsia Lawyers. Enjoy dinner with local GSB alumni and alumni from a separate University of Chicago cultural trip.|
|This morning, find out about opportunities and challenges of manufacturing and renewable energy in China. Visit zPark, a massive entrepreneurial and corporate park, and participate in a discussion with entrepreneurs operating in zPark. Take a flight to Shanghai in the late afternoon.|
Wednesday Aug. 29
|Take the morning to obtain a brief overview of the telecom market, then listen to some of the top VCs discuss venture investing opportunities available in China. Spend the afternoon at the Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC), a unique space for high-tech entrepreneurs. KIC represents the Signature Event of the trip, where some of China's most successful entrepreneurs will discuss key factors for entrepreneurial success in China as a prelude to our keynote speaker, Mr. Vincent Lo, chairman of the Shui On Group and developer of KIC. A real estate tycoon, Lo is recognized as one of the leading entrepreneurs in China, runs one of the largest real estate development companies in mainland China, and is listed on the 2006 Forbes list of richest people in 2006.|
|Thursday Aug. 30||This morning, learn about the challenges and opportunities of start-ups in China from the CEO of Bleum, Inc., a global leader in software outsourcing. Next, attend a lively presentation by Tom Doctoroff, ?89, CEO, JWT Greater China, about how China's history and culture affects marketing strategies for the Chinese consumer market. In the afternoon, visit WuXi Pharmatech founded by Ge Li, PhD. In 2000, Li returned from the United States to build, from scratch, China?s largest drug discovery R&D services business to approximately $100 million in fewer than seven years. Li will describe the challenges he faced in scaling operations and building his team.|
|Visit Shanghai Futures Exchange (SFE), and hear from the chairman and CEO about the Chinese regulatory environment. Afterward, hear from senior leadership at the Shanghai Stock Exchange. The lunch keynote address will be made by the CEO of HSBC China on the dynamics of China's banking sector. In late afternoon, learn about corporate income tax reform, labor regulations and business developments, and other issues for foreign business operations in China from SBA Stone Forest, an affiliate of our Title Sponsor RSM McGladrey. Share dinner with the Shanghai GSB Alumni Club on a boat cruise on the Huangpu River.|
|Celebrate Chinese culture today: go sightseeing in Shanghai at the Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden, and take an afternoon to shop.|
|Take an early flight to Hong Kong, and spend the afternoon on a touring Victoria Peak, Aberdeen Fishing Village, and other highlights. In the evening, board the Aqualuna, a dinner cruise ship, where you'll watch the Hong Kong Harbor by sunset and experience the Symphony of Lights--a 20 minute display of colored lights to music and commentary. The show has been named "The World's Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show" by Guinness World Records.|
|Learn why "Chicago Conviction + Hong Kong Execution = Entrepreneurial Success," from Francis T.F. Yeunon, trustee on the Board of Trustees at the University of Chicago and executive chairman of Pacific Century Insurance Holding Limited. In the afternoon, learn how Jacques Kemp, ?96 CEO, ING Asia/Pacific Ltd. (Silver Sponsor) sees financial services meet entrepreneurship in China. Later, tour the Hong Kong Exchange and hear a lecture on alternative investments and their entrepreneurial implications in Hong Kong. Celebrate your final evening at a gala celebration joining GSB alumni, community entrepreneurs, and financial and service professionals.|
|End of the formal trip. Extend your stay in China with optional packages to include sightseeing in Beijing and Xi'an or an additional business-related stop in Macau.|