BootCAMP in Beijing

7 March 2018

Beijing temple

UTS alumni are headed to Beijing in April to collaborate with some of the best and brightest entrepreneurial minds as part of the 2018 China Australia Millennial Project (CAMP).

Seven UTS alumni, staff and current students received UTS scholarships, worth $5500 each, to take part in this year’s CAMP program. In April they will join almost 100 other young entrepreneurs and innovators from Australia and China for a five-day summit that marks the start of the 100-day bilateral business incubator.

Over five days in Beijing, these “CAMPers” will tour the city’s exciting innovation ecosystem, as well as visit the headquarters of China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba, and tour other leading accelerators and incubators. They will participate in workshops, master classes and get inspiration from thought-leaders, government, corporates, investors and entrepreneurs, finding solutions to challenges common to both countries.

Among the 2018 CAMP scholars is UTS graduate Michelle Cheng (Bachelor of Design in Interior & Spatial Design and Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, 2015). A creative strategist now working in London, Michelle is looking forward to the opportunity “to collaborate with like-minded individuals equally passionate about this exciting space between China and Australia”.

“I am a strong believer in the power of design thinking and the co-creation process in transcending cultural differences, so I’m excited to see how these powerful tools can be used to forge greater cross-cultural understanding to tackle social issues that are shared among our world,” says Michelle.

“My professional interests are in the intersection of healthcare and spatial design in the Chinese context as well as inspiring creative confidence in others. I’m looking forward to building my skills and networks in these two areas by working in think tanks that focus on tackling health issues in both communities while collaborating with people from different professional backgrounds.”

Fellow CAMP scholar Matt Waugh (Bachelor of Management – Sport and Exercise, 2012) is no stranger to the startup world, having co-founded the award-winning tech business Conexie during his participation in the UTS startup accelerator, Hatchery Accelerate.

“I see CAMP as a great opportunity to fly the UTS flag on a global stage and develop our ties across borders and markets,” says Matt, who recently returned to UTS to study a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science.

“I’m looking forward to building on my professional experience to both assist Conexie with its market entry into Asia as a whole, but also gain wider perspective on business approaches and strategies being utilised by my peers overseas,” he adds.

Following the Beijing summit, participants will embark on a 90-day online program, where they’ll get expert mentorship from high-profile industry professionals, training tasks and learning materials.

The program will culminate in June when teams present their final work to a judging panel of venture capitalists, angel investors, corporates, government and talent scouts at Sydney Town Hall.

For Michelle, who worked at interior design and engineering firm Robarts Spaces in Beijing for three years after she graduated, the program will be a chance to see a huge gathering of people from her “two favourite cities” come together to work on new ideas.

“I cannot predict what the outcomes may be, but I’m most looking forward to the final week in Sydney where we’ll get to hear the innovative solutions shared by all the teams,” she says.

Congratulations to the 2018 UTS CAMP scholarship recipients:

  • Zehong Cao (PhD 2017, current postdoctorate student)
  • Michelle Cheng (Bachelor of Design in Interior & Spatial Design and Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, 2015)
  • Emily Crozier (current student, Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation and Bachelor of Civil Engineering)
  • Katya Dobinson (Bachelor of Global Studies, 2015)
  • Joe Miao (Recruitment Advisor, UTS Careers)
  • Guoxi Wang (Bachelor of Business (Finance); Bachelor of Laws, 2015)
  • Matt Waugh (Bachelor of Management – Sport and Exercise, 2012; current student, Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science)

Read how UTS student Emily Crozier will use her CAMP scholarship to explore the possibilities of engineering in this month’s U:MAG.

Byline: Alex Wise