Class ended at Vincci Real Estate Hackathon!

On 5-6 May 2017 , Vincci Group launched "The Educational Hub of Tomorrow" hackathon in Chengdu. Within 24 hours, six student teams from Sichuan University, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Southwest Jiaotong University, Sichuan Agricultural University, Chengdu University of Technology and Chengdu University successfully completed the following challenge and presented thei…

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China’s Airpocalypse: Why London’s Playbook Won’t Work.

“Beijing’s pollution is bad, but they'll clean their air just like London did …” In 1952, the five-day Great Smog of London killed more than 12,000 people and made over 150,000 people ill. It was an environmental disaster that many people today consider both a cautionary tale and an instructive example of how to address and overcome an air crisis for areas in similar situations – in p…

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Bike Sharing in China, China’s 5-Year Plans, & How to Fundraise for Charity | #AskTheCollective 004

As always, we hope you find these questions and answers useful, possibly gain some new insights, and feel compelled or inspired to ask questions of your own! Enjoy Episode 004 below, check out the full playlist here, and stay tuned for Episode 005 coming soon. (To stay in the loop on what’s new at Collective, you’ll definitely want to subscribe to our channel and follow us on social media.) #As…

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Smart Means Nothing: What It Takes To Be An Entrepreneur – Grant Horsfield | Entrepreneurs for Good

So many of us entrepreneurs think success depends on one critical factor in China: guanxi (relationship). The concept that “it’s not what you know, but who you know, that matters” is an international catchphrase, happily tossed around by business-minded go-getters with confidence that they do, in fact, know the “right people”. But the reality – no matter where you are in the world, but especi…

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3 Things That Make a Successful Growth-Stage Startup

The Startup Reality in China It feels that the days when China is called a land of "copycats" are long gone. Since the official launch of the Made in China 2025 master plan, China has been leapfrogging towards an innovation-powered economy rather than one focusing on labor-intensive manufacturing. The nationwide movement has gained huge momentum: In 2015 alone, China’s total patent filings mat…

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Ocean Plastic & China’s Affluence, Markets for Sustainability & Leadership | #AskTheCollective 002

As we wrap up the start of February, we are proud to present Episode 002 of the #AskTheCollective video series. This episode features topics ranging from ocean plastic and the influence of affluence in China, to the link between sustainability and a market-driven economy. Many thanks to askers: Wade Sewell, allaways coffee, and Mario Van Der Meulen. As always, we hope you find these questions a…

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Dare to Dream, Take the First Step – Sherry Poon | Entrepreneurs for Good

There are fewer questions more interesting to ask an entrepreneur than, “Why did you do it?” Through this latest installment in our "Entrepreneurs for Good" series, we had a powerful discussion with Sherry Poon, who revealed one of the most interesting insights of how entrepreneurs have to overcome their fear. Sherry Poon is the founder and CEO of wobabybasics, a Shanghai-based innovative app…

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[NEW WEBSERIES] #AskTheCollective: Episode 001

As a way to engage with you, our audience, we are happy to announce that Episode 001 of the #AskTheCollective video series is now live! This episode features topics ranging from food waste in China to the reality of China's pledge to become an "ecological civilization". Special thanks to our askers: Travis Opocensky, Hunter Lovins, John Dennis Liu, Ariel Muller, and Rob Watson. #AskTheCollectiv…

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From China to India: Scaling Sustainable Solutions

Early this year, I took a flight from Mumbai to Shanghai - which included a five-hour, pollution-related delay in Delhi. During the whole time in the air, it was only over the Himalayas that I saw the Asian continent getting a respite from the consequences of industrial activity, localized burning, and energy consumption. India: The Next "China" India is now well-documented to follow in Chin…

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5 Predictions for Chinese Markets in 2017

2017 has just begun, and one question is on everyone’s minds: what exactly will the new year bring? In particular, companies in China want to predict and adjust for major trends, and wonder what upcoming news could affect their operations. 2016 was a tumultuous year for Chinese markets. The Chinese Communist Party issued its second red alert, closed factories across the northeast, tackled risin…

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