The China International Import Expo is a major initiative of the Chinese government to firmly support trade liberalization, economic globalization and open the market to the world. It aims to help countries around the world to strengthen economic, trade exchanges and cooperation, promote global trade and world economic growth, and promote an open world economy.
Since 2010 China has been Switzerland’s most important trading partner in Asia. It is therefore important for Switzerland to participate in the CIIE and show its excellence in innovation, in addition to the robust commercial relationship they have.
Switzerland is a country of inventors and one of the most innovative countries in the world. Indeed, Switzerland has been at the top of the Global Innovation Index for the eight year in a row. In the past 100 years, Switzerland came out with some of the most impactful innovations such as the zip, the Velcro, Nescafe instant coffee, the Cellophane, the Rex peeler or even the World Wide Web were born in Switzerland. Nowadays, the Swiss have the highest ratio of European patent application to population. The small Alpine nation offers a great environment for entrepreneurs and startups. World-class research institutes such as ETHZ, EPFL, innovation parks, amongst others. Moreover, Switzerland has a lot of multinationals that are keen to push research and development and provide valuable links between work being done in universities and the industry.
swissnex China is connecting its partners to thriving innovation ecosystems and promoting the visibility of Swiss higher education and research institutions, start-ups and other innovation-driven partner organizations. During the CIIE, swissnex will have the opportunity to present its activities and will be joined by Flyability, a Swiss startup spun-off from EPFL that chose China as a business development destination.
|16:00||swissnex China introduction|
|Welcome by Dr. Felix Moesner, CEO/Swiss Science Consul|
|Project Leader Academic Relations, Ms Gu Libing|
|Project Leader Interdisciplinary & Special Projects, Ms Yiwen Sun|
|Project Leader Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Ms Zhang Lijun|
|16:20||Swiss Startup: Flyability presentation|
|Keynote speaker: Ms Xiaolin Wang-Briod, General Manager Big China
|The event will be held in Chinese.
Xiaolin Briod-Wang is the General Manager of Big China at Flyability. She obtained in 2009 a Master in Microtechnology at EPFL.
Before working for Flyability, she worked at Meyer Burger, a group active in the photovoltaic cell and module manufacturing business. Her role was Sales Area Manager APAC where she was in charge of the formation and supervision of the sales team in Asia, of creating relationships with strategic clients and had to manage various projects.
Flyability is a Swiss company building safe drones for inaccessible places. By allowing drones to be used safely in cities, inside buildings, and in contact with people, it enables new interactions and services with UAVs and solving the two most critical issues of one of the fastest growing industries: collisions and injury risks. The company’s first market is in industrial inspection where it avoids sending people in dangerous and confined spaces for the inspection of Energy, Heavy Industries, Oil & Gas and Maritime assets. It is also working with Search & Rescue to assess emergency situations without putting humans at risk.