Beijing Institute of Collaborative Innovation (BICI) is a global, non-governmental, non-profit innovation platform jointly established in 2014 by 13 universities including Peking University and Tsinghua University. With offices in Silicon Valley and Hong Kong, BICI is committed to building a global collaborative innovation system integrating "technology innovation, industry development, and talent training", developing indigenous technologies, fostering emerging industries and cultivating innovative talents to boost sustainable economic growth and social development.
Focusing on six key sectors of modern manufacturing, optoelectronics, new energy, medical device, biomedicine, and environmental protection, BICI has set up collaborative laboratories and supported research groups in a number of prestigious universities at home and abroad to study cutting-edge technologies and lead future technological advances. At the same time, BICI has launched internal engineering laboratories and dedicated engineering and technical teams to jointly develop engineering technologies with universities to advance today’s industrial development.
In regions around the world where innovation and start-ups flourish, BICI propels technology commercialization by transforming the potential of technology into economic dynamism, through technology-based joint venture creation and intellectual property assignment or licensing.
Adopting the model of "knowing and doing", BICI joins hands with domestic and foreign universities to train innovative and entrepreneurial graduate students. Students study academic courses at university, take innovation and entrepreneurship courses at BICI, and carry out practical training based on BICI’s real-world projects together with peers across universities and disciplines. Under this model, a unique effect has been created by cultivating talents in innovation and creating further innovation in talent cultivation.
BICI has launched the world' s first Intellectual Property Fund to support scientific research as well as a Transformation Fund to support commercialization, forming a capital chain covering the entire innovation lifecycle.
An Innovative and Entrepreneurial Base covering an area of 400,000 square meters is being built in Beijing and the construction of international bases in US, UK, and Hong Kong has been launched, gradually forming the model of “Beijing Coordination, International development, and Global Commercialization”.
At present, BICI has established strong collaborative relationships with over ten famous Chinese universities and around ten top international universities with the in-depth involvement of a large number of world class professors. Each year, around 50 world-class scientific research projects are launched, about 30 technologies commercialized, around 25 start-up companies formed, and close to 200 entrepreneurial students trained.
After several years’ growth, BICI has become the shared innovation and entrepreneurship base for a number of world-renowned universities. Upholding the concept of "Infinity in innovating, Eternity by sharing", BICI devotes itself to becoming an explorer of university reform and global innovation development in the new era.