On March 11, 2023, International Business School Suzhou (IBSS) and the XJTLU International Innovation Hub partnered to hold a gathering for entrepreneur alumni. The event saw entrepreneurship stories and experience shared by IBSS Associate Professor, Dr. Xiao Wang; IBSS Alumni Relations and Corporate Recruitment Manager, Mrs. Yao Zou; and International Innovation Hub mentors Mr. Jiewei Gong and Mr. Junye Shen. Over 40 alumni, expert guests, faculty attended the event.
Mr. Chengxiao Wang
Following this opening speech, IBSS Alumni Relations and Corporate Recruitment Manager, Mrs. Yao Zou, gave a detailed introduction into the potential corporate opportunities and benefits for alumni offered by IBSS. In addition to organising regular seminars, forums and alumni gatherings, IBSS offers a wide range of lifelong-learning options that include workplace skills training. The school also offers customised executive training programmes and a range of part-time Masters programme opportunities to suit the needs of working alumni.
Mrs. Zou finished her talk by noting that, "We are all part of the XJTLU community, and it is when we work together that the brand of XJTLU has a positive influence across our business community."
Dr. Xiao Wang
IBSS alumni and Suzhou Permaculture Technology Co-founder, Mr. Jingchang Gu, followed Dr. Wang’s talk by sharing his entrepreneurial journey on running a Chinese restaurant in the UK and then returning to China to start a new agriculture venture. He shared his current business model and path he followed to develop a sustainable agriculture company. Mr. Gu also highlighted a number of new opportunities in his field related to sustainable agricultural technology, integrated development models, technology-enabled agriculture and the valorisation of ecological resources.
Mr. Jingchang Gu
Mr. Yunfeng Dou
After the gathering concluded, participants said that they had learned a great deal of useful knowledge on all of the topics discussed, with many saying that they were looking forward to the next sharing session.