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Shanghai 5.-10.11.2021

Start-up/SME incubation zone at the 4th China International Import Expo (CIIE 2021)

The deadline for application is March 26, 2021 and unfortunately it is not possible to prolong the application time. We are sorry for the strict and short Deadline. The CIIE Bureau will confirm to the applicants about the participation in the event before the end of April.

Business Finland is continuously monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in China and worldwide. The safety of our clients, partners and staff is a top priority. We are proceeding with planning and preparations of this event, but should the restrictions which could affect the outcome of the incubation zone still be in place in November 2021, organizers at CIIE Bureau will likely propose other ways of implementation, for example a virtual incubation zone.


Further information


Ms. Li Ying, Advisor, Business Finland China
+86 136 0100 0671 (+6)
Ying.Li (at)

Ms. Päivi Mähönen, Manager, Business Finland
+358 40 3433 468
Paivi.mahonen (at)

The 4th China International Import Expo (CIIE 2021) will be held November 5 - 10, 2021 in Shanghai. More than 334 exhibitors from 32 countries and regions, including 76 Fortune Global 500 companies and leading enterprises, especially all of the world's top 10 pharmaceutical enterprises and top 14 medical equipment enterprises, have registered to join the CIIE.

To assist micro and small enterprises in developing themselves through the CIIE platform, CIIE 2021 will have a special incubation zone. 4.5 sqm standard decorated booth will be provided to each exhibitor free of charge. The booths will be designed and built by CIIE Bureau.

Micro and Small enterprises (no age limit) who meet the below criteria are welcome to apply.  The CIIE Bureau will confirm to the selected applicants about the participation of the event before the end of April. Business Finland will only forward your application to the CIIE Bureau and does not take part in the decision making.


  1. Micro and small enterprises registered overseas (including Hong Kong, Macao  and       Taiwan), with strong technical ability and ability to follow-up development
  2. Products, technologies and services play a leading role in innovation in the below sectors:
    • Intelligent Industry & Information Technology (predominant in AI and in industrial design, high-end manufacturing, energy conservation, environmental protection, digital information, industrial automation)
    • Medical Equipment & Healthcare Products (health technology, tumor immunology, cardiovascular system, microbiology, biological vaccines, 3D printing, and AI+medical treatment)
    • Automobile (smart mobility, auto industrial design as automotive driving, intelligent network, smart cabin, IVICS, and vehicle-mounted radar)

      3.  Micro and small enterprises who have won any of the following industry awards and other relevant qualifications:

    • Red Dot Award for Industrial Design
    • Super AI Leader Award (SAIL)
    • Settle in a domestic national incubator or an international authoritative incubation platform
    • Settle in incubation platform of Fortune Global 500 enterprises or world leading enterprises
    • Recommended by Fortune Global 500 enterprises or world leading enterprise
    • Other industry awards presented by relevant authoritative

The incubator zone event is currently planned to take place onsite and CIIE Bureau will organize the below services to exhibitors:

  1. Media Promotion, publicize highlight of technologies, products and services
  2. Road show
  3. Exchange with large enterprises participating in the expo
  4. Theme promotion
  5. Match-makings