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Fudan iLab

​Fudan iLab program offers Finnish companies a market-entry plan for the Chinese market. The plan is done by business professionals who know the local market and are simultaneously completing their MBA degree at Fudan School of Management.

About program

Fudan iLab program is done in cooperation with Fudan School of Management. The 1905 founded Fudan University in Shanghai is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in China.

During the intensive four-month work period, a Fudan MBA team can work on the following areas:

  • Market data gathering from interviews of your potential clients or field study/studies.
  • Identification of potential clients, sales channels for your products, or solutions and stakeholders that will impact your operation in China.
  • Competitive advantage analysis or competition landscape of your target market segment.
  • Identify and study key industry regulation and IPR law that has significant impact on your operation and IPR risk control in China.
  • Market entry or expansion strategy and models investigated, validated and/or recommended by your MBA project team.

Please be aware that when applying for the program, your research topic and plan shall be ready and attractive. The scope and other details of the project is decided together with your company by staff from the Fudan School of Management before starting the project.

Funding for participation costs

  1. You can apply for a grant (de minimis) for the participation costs of the program. For small companies under 5 years old, the grant covers 75% of the participation costs. For SMEs and midcap companies over 5 years old, the grant covers 50% of the costs.
    • Once your company has been accepted into the program, send a funding application in Business Finland’s online service
    • The name of the financial service is "Accelerators and preparations for international projects"
    • On the application tab "Basic application information" there is a drop-down menu under "Programs and other interfaces". Select the item "MAP Global Access Program (Asia)"
  2. Participation costs can be included as part of an ongoing R&D project or Young Innovative Company (NIY) project.

Program requirements

  • An innovative product or service with an international competitive advantage
  • Sufficient funding and/or positive cash flow for the following 1 to 2 years
  • Have paying customers
  • Independent company or a subsidiary of a corporation
  • Website in English

Company commitment

  • € 15,000 program fee
  • Prepare to spend in average 1-2 hours per week for the project
  • Prepare to host project team's visit to your company in Finland
  • Prepare to visit China if both sides agree to do so

Submission of applications in fall

  • By 27th October: the company sends the application form to program manager via email.
  • Early November: Fudan interviews applicant companies.
  • End of November: Fudan decides on the final company participants.
  • December to coming Feb: preparation for project kick-off on Fudan side.
  • Coming March: Project proposal signed by the company and official kick-off of the project.
  • Coming April-May: Fudan MBA project team travels to Finland to carry mid-term evaluation with the company.
  • Coming June: Project final presentation. The company is highly encouraged to physically participate in the closing ceremony held in Shanghai.

For more information, please contact the Program Manager Shi Ting Chen.

Finnish companies in Fudan iLab Program

Hetkinen Group Oy, Modulight Oy, Suomen Tekojää Oy, Nordic BioCosmetic Production

WellO2 Oy, Maston Oy

Freeport Cobalt Oy, Berner Oy

Freeport Cobalt Oy, Harvia Oy, Domretor Oy, Kalaneuvos Oy, Parkkisähkö Oy

Yousician Oy, Verman Oy, Freeport Cobalt Oy, Kuudes Oy, Beneq Oy

Yanisan Air Oy, Magisso Oy, Prosys OPC Oy, Vepe Oy

Avaintec Oy, Optofidelity Oy, Ekolet Oy, Virranta-yhtiöt

Valio Oy, M-Brain Oy, Premix Oy, Modern Diagnostics Oy

Lumene, Vallila Interior, BioGTS, Visual Components, Serres

Cesim, Confidex, Sintrol, StereoScape, Planray

Contact us

Program Manager

Shi Ting Chen

+358 45 263 1612
Innovation Advisor

Elisa Yu

+86 138 0174 4271
Innovation Collaboration