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Run For Science: China's version of Wall St Decathlon to start at SUSTech

Oct 12, 2017 Latest

Running has become a new trend in China. To keep up with the growing demand among people in Shenzhen, the first science and technology-based event, SUSTech-GPCP Campus Relay Marathon, China's version of the Wall Street Decathlon, is going to be held on November 26, 2017 at the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech).

With the support of the Nanshan District government, the event is co-organized by SUSTech, Shenzhen Green Pine Capital Partners Co. Ltd. (GPCP), Sports Genomics Institute(SGI), CATIC Wellness Group,GF-FITNESS and a number of the city’s high-tech manufacturing start ups. The event is hosted by the Shenzhen Mountaineering & Outdoor Sports Association.

SUSTech Chief Financial Officer Ye Qin spoke during a press conference for the event in SUSTech’s administrative building room 401.

With the theme of “Run For Science”, SUSTech-GPCP Campus Relay Marathon is an athletic carnival that brings together “academic athletes” and “ entrepreneurial athletes” who use their collective athleticism to produce a profound impact in creating partnerships and channels throughout the innovation and R&D ecosystem in Shenzhen.

“The event will further enhance the cooperation between researchers and entrepreneurs, establishing effective pathways for the local start ups to move ideas from conception to impact.” said Ye.

The organizer will invite 60 groups to compete in this relay marathon, each of which consists of six runners including researchers, scholars, faculty members and entrepreneurs from the city’s high-tech start-ups. According to the rules, all the groups will have a relay marathon around the campus (one lap is 4 km) during four hours, and the champions will be the ones who completed the most laps.

The winning group will get six sets of 3D portable cinemas. All the participants will be offered a free genetic test provided by SGI, and 50 days prior to the competition training experts from CATIC Wellness Group will offer scientific training schemes for the groups to do regular exercises.

Besides the relay marathon, the carnival also introduces some other competitions inspired from the Wall Street Decathlon for the participants to try, including 500M Rowing, Football Throw and Pull-Ups.

The city’s high-tech start-ups will exhibit their latest technology products during the event, including the 3D portable cinema and Aelos robot. The organizers will also invite renowned scientists and experts to give lectures on sports and health for the runners that day.

 

Background

Shenzhen Green Pine Capital Partners Co. Ltd. (“GPCP”) was established in 2007 with the investment team assembled in 2000. GPCP is one of the most time-honored Chinese VC companies that boast experience in areas such as biotech, new materials and new resources. GPCP not only finances startups, they also provide them with services including high-quality post-investment management, effective resource integration solutions, positive public relations strategies, and so on. Currently, GPCP manages approximately 10 billion RMB through 22 special funds and has invested 5 billion RMB into more than 300 enterprises, among which 38 went on to either be listed or acquired by listed companies, and 19 are listed on NEEQ (National Equities Exchange and Quotation, a stock exchange for SMEs in China). GPCP has invested in the angel round of BGI (Beijing Genomics Institute), Royole, Kuang-Chi, Appotronics and other high-growth start-up enterprises.

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