Finals of cross-strait entrepreneurship competition held

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Finals of cross-strait entrepreneurship competition held

Shanghai, Aug. 24 (CNA) The finals of the 2018 Shanghai Cross Strait Youth Entrepreneurship Competition, an entrepreneurship competition for young people from across the Taiwan Strait, were held in Shanghai on Friday.

The competition officially kicked off July 1 with 149 entries related to online entrepreneurship, 136 related to cultural and creative projects, 93 related to health innovations and 47 related to the Internet of Things.

The grand winner was a microscopic endoscope device of only two millimeters, smaller than many invasive imaging devices used in modern medicine to accurately detect the source of cancer or disease.

The winning entry was awarded 200,000 yuan (NT$899,996) and will be recommended to enter the Shanghai (Jinshan) Cross-Strait Youth Entrepreneurship Base.

Many other innovative products were showcased at the finals, including a smart temperature insulation lunch box jointly developed by Fu Yu-jen (傅裕仁) from Taiwan and Shu Yanzhao (舒延釗) from China.

The lunch box can keep food at a temperature of 60 degrees Celsius for 24 hours so that diners do not have to repeatedly heat their food, and it can also connect to specific platforms to buy food products through Bluetooth wireless technology.

Two models of lunch boxes were developed, one for household users and the other for takeaway users, Fu said.

At present, the take-out smart lunch box has already found a commercial partner -- a convenience store operator -- and production will likely start soon, Fu said

In the past, consumers could only reheat cold food products they purchased at convenience stores, but now with the smart lunch box, consumers can order hot meals from the supermarket and then have it delivered to them, Fu said.

The household model is mainly for those who wish to take food from home to work, Fu said.

The competition was originally planned to be part of an annual twin-city forum between Taipei and Shanghai, but that forum did not materialize this year.

Launched in 2010, the Taipei-Shanghai City Forum is hosted alternately by the two municipalities of Taipei and Shanghai but has been postponed in 2018 without a firm date amid a serious downturn in relations between Taiwan and China.

(By Chen Chia-lun and William Yen)
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