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Overview

Paralleling global innovators in the like of Steve Jobs, Shenzhen innovators such as Ren Zhengfei of Huawei, Wang Chuanfu of BYD, Pony Ma of Tencent and Frank Wang of DJI have profoundly transformed the way we live, work and communicate. The biggest challenge for the coming decades, which will certainly be shaped by technology-driven innovation, is that we will need more innovators and innovative products.

To address this challenge, Shenzhen InnoX Academy(InnoX) was founded in 2021. InnoX’s founder Professor LI Zexiang from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, has incubated 140+ smart hardware startups, including 1 listed company and 6 unicorn companies, with DJI being the most well-known. Since its establishment, InnoX has been committed to building an ecosystem that nurtures innovative and entrepreneurial talents, cultivates tech startups, and creates a community for tech startup founders. InnoX aims to explore new paths in engineering education and empower individuals, businesses, and cities through innovation. InnoX provides systematic entrepreneurial studies, leading academic and industry experts as mentors, rapid prototyping facilities, supply chain resources and marketing channels. It aims to establish a robust ecosystem for talent development, project incubation, and entrepreneur empowerment.

InnoX connects various resources based on entrepreneurs' needs and fosters a collaborative community where entrepreneurs can thrive together. InnoX also collaborates with universities to help redesign their curriculum, train teachers and empower students, expanding the pool of potential entrepreneurs.


Professor  Zexiang Li

Professor Zexiang Li

  • Founder and Dean of Shenzhen InnoX Academy

  • Founder of XbotPark Robotics Incubator

  • Colin Lam Ko Yin Professor of Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Founder

The technological civilization we enjoy today has been shaped by generations of remarkable tech entrepreneurs.

  • Specializes in research across robotics, motion control, mechanism theory, and manufacturing science, authoring over 200 papers and 4 books, notably pioneering the field of motion planning under nonholonomic constraints;

  • Awarded IEEE Fellow in 2007;

  • Selected as co-recipient of the 2019 IEEE Robotics and Automation Award for his influential “contributions to the development of civilian drones, aerial imaging technology, robotics engineering advancement, innovation and entrepreneurship”;

  • Co-funded over 140 companies with his students with 1 listed and 6 unicorn companies;

  • Established Googol Tech, the first motion control company in China, which was listed in 2023.

Foundation of InnoX

HKUST 3126 Lab

HIT(SZ)

XbotPark

Shenzhen InnoX

HKUST 3126 Lab

1992-2022,49+

HKUST 3126 Lab

Feature

Educational inspiration and individual empowerment

University Alliance

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Achievement

Over 49 companies established, including DJl, ePropulsion, Xeno Dynamics

Harbin Institute of Technology (SZ)

2004-2009,37+

Harbin Institute of Technology (SZ)

Feature

Education inspiration and resources empowerment

University Alliance

Harbin Institute of Technology(SZ)

Achievement

Over 37 companies established, including RoboSense, DataBeyond , Birui

XbotPark

2014 to present, 60+

XbotPark

Feature

Project incubation and systematic empowerment

University Alliance

Dongguan University of Technology, Guangdong University of Technology, Hunan University, etc.

Achievement

Over 60 companies established, including Narwal, Hai Robotics, SwitchBot

Shenzhen InnoX Academy

2021 to present

Shenzhen InnoX Academy

Feature

Talent Cultivation, project incubation and systematic empowerment

University Alliance

Shenzhen University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, University of Science and Technology Beijing, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, etc. 

Achievement

Over 280+ entrepreneurs and 50 start-up teams with 10 angel round, 17 seed round and 23  pre-seed round projects.


InnoX Ecosystem

Half-Hour Innovation Network

Centered around Nanshan headquarter of Shenzhen InnoX Academy, a vibrant network has been formed where entrepreneurs can access a wide array of resources——from supply chains and enterprises at various stages to venture capital and outstanding universities——within an half hour.
Half-Hour  Innovation  Network
  • Supply Chain

    XbotPark Collaborative Manufacture,Bao'an District, Longhua District, Guangming District

  • University Consortium

    深圳大学 哈尔滨工业大学 南方科技大学 深圳职业技术大学
  • Venture Capital

    深圳天使母基金 深创投 高新投
  • Tech Companies in InnoX System

    大疆 云鲸 正浩创新

The Greater Bay Area

The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) consists of Hong Kong SAR, Macao SAR, and nine cities in Guangdong province, covering a total area of 56,000 square kilometers, with a population of 86.7 million and a GDP of 1.94 trillion USD (2022 figure). The GBA is the fourth largest Bay Area in the world, after the New York Bay Area, the San Francisco Bay Area, and the Tokyo Bay Area in Japan.

Shenzhen, known as the Silicon Valley of China, is one of the leading cities in the GBA. With a population of 18 million and an average age of 32.5 years old (2022 figure), Shenzhen is a dynamic and vibrant metropolis. Shenzhen is home to the headquarters of tech giants such as Foxconn, Huawei, Tencent, Mindray, BYD, and DJI. It produces 1/6 of China's electronic products and 1/10 of the world's total.

Over the years, Shenzhen and the GBA have built a mature supply chain ideal for hardware startups. This ecosystem enables faster product iteration compared to Silicon Valley, with lower costs.


The Greater Bay Area
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