Shanghai 2010 Award : a Worldwide Business Project Competition on ‘Entrepreneurship and the Sustainable City’

17 June 2010

More than 1,000 students took part in the “Entrepreneurship and the Sustainable City” business project competition organized by HEC Paris and Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management, which ran from 8th March to 12th May 2010.

Chaired by M. Phan Nhay, Head of the Bank of China in France, and in the presence of leading French architect Jean-Marie Charpentier, the Jury took place at HEC Paris on 28th May and selected the 5 best projects for the Awards and 3 for Special Distinctions.

The winning teams are:

  • Golden Prize – Bank of China: a team of Chinese researchers and business students from Cambridge University for their business project based on a new patent-protected chemical - the Air Purifying Additive - which, added to paint, breaks down the toxic gases and gives fresh air to the house.
  • Lafarge Award: an international team from HEC Paris for a concept of low cost, self-supporting modular homes, built with sustainable building materials, as well as with an integrated system to produce energy and manage water and waste.
  • Sodexo Award: a Brazilian team of young women entrepreneurs from Fundação Getulio Vargas - EAESP (Brazil): producing low cost construction materials from recycling plastics to serve the needs of popular housing.
  • Schneider Electric: an international team from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School for a stand-alone solar power unit - a tree-like structure with a single pillar and solar panels as the crown - which can serve the electricity needs of slum inhabitants.
  • Veolia Environment: a Japanese project from Keio University for the development of power-generating floors, generating electricity when people walk, for example, in the metro.

Special Distinctions also go to 3 teams from:

  • Renmin University (Beijing) for their innovative concept of lithium battery package for electric bicycles.
  • Zhejiang University (Beijing) for their novel use of technology for a new filter tip for exhaust pipes.
  • Ecole Polytechnique d’Architecture et d’Urbanisme (Algiers) for the preservation of the cultural heritage in the city of Timimoun in the Saharan African Desert.

The five winning teams will be honored on 15th July in Shanghai. The Award Ceremony will take place at the Shanghai Grand Theatre in presence of the Chinese and international business and academic community.

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