FAQ

FAQ about the Competition

1. Are there any restrictions on the discipline/subject field of the projects entered? Does it have to be related to Internet?

The "Internet +" Competition doesn't set any restrictions on the discipline/subject field of the entrants. It is not necessarily Internet related.

2. Eligibility

There's no restriction on the projects' place of business or the entrants' nationality, all international entrants must be students who are currently enrolled at a foreign college/university (including higher education institutions and higher vocational colleges) or those who have graduated within the past 5 years (in or after 2016),also under the age of 35 (born after March 1, 1986)

3. What is the specific interpretation of "enrolled at a foreign college/ university"?

"A foreign college/university" refers to a higher education institution/higher vocational college that is located outside the People's Republic of China and is qualified to provide education and award degrees. "A student enrolled at a foreign college/university" refers to a student that has registered and studied at a foreign college/university and is qualified to receive a degree.

4. I am a student of an overseas program offered by a Chinese college/university. Can I register as an international entrant?

If your college/university has the qualifications to provide education overseas independently, and is able to award a degree in the overseas country with overseas independent school roll, then you can register as an international entrant.

5. Our team include members are from more than one college/ university. Which college/university are we deemed to represent?

Each international team may represent one college/ university only (and it must be a foreign college/ university). A team is deemed to represent the college/university which its leader represents. If the team leader has studied both in and outside China, he/she can choose to register either as a Chinese entrant or an international entrant. All members of a team can only compete in the project category selected by the leader, and are deemed to represent the college/university that the leader represents.

6. I am a team leader and I am a student of a China-foreign university joint degree program. How should I register?

  1. You can register as a Chinese entrant; or
  2. If you have already enrolled in foreign school , you can also choose to register as an international entrant and represent the foreign college/university that you study at.

7. Can a team include members from more than one college/ university?

Yes, a team can include members from more than one college/university. A team must be of 2 to 15 people (team leader included), all of whom must be actual members of the project and meet the eligibility requirements (see Question 3). A team is deemed to represent the college/university which its leader represents.

8. Categories of participating projects

Projects are eligible to be entered regardless of whether they have been registered.All projects will be divided into four categories: Undergraduate Creativity Category, Postgraduate Creativity Category, Emerging Project Category, and Rising Project Category, with different requirements for each group. For detailed requirements of each category, please refer to the Notice to International Entrants.

9. Can projects that have been awarded in previous years be resubmitted?

Projects that have won the Gold or Silver Awards in this competition previously are not eligible to be resubmitted this year.

10. How many rounds are there? How are final winners being selected?

Among all the teams that have registered and entered the competition, 500teams will advance to the finals.

Among the these 500 teams, 150 teams would be selected to participate on site final completion through on line evaluation. Then 50 Gold winners and 100 Silver winners would be selected at site.

The rest 350 teams are Bronze winners.

11. Can faculty members of a Chinese college/university serve as the mentor of an international team and apply for the mentor award?

Yes, faculty members of a Chinese college/university can serve as the mentor of an international team and their names will be indicated on the award certificates if their teams win. They can also apply for the mentor award.

12. How will the competitions be held? Should all the international teams come to China?

The 150 finalist teams need to come to China. All preceding rounds can be entered online. However, if the Covid-19 situation prohibits finalists from coming, we will make further arrangements accordingly after the final slots are decided.

13. Who will take care of the traveling expenses of all international finalists if there's a on-site final?

The Organizing Committee will cover the air travel (round-trip and economy class) and accommodation expenses for two members from each of the 150 finalist teams.

14. What will I gain from participating in the competition?

Team winners of the Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards will be presented with award certificates and will be provided with assistance in finding investment and incubators. Final champion might get monetary incentive depending on the final result.

15. What is the registration platform for international teams?

All international teams should apply via the official website of the Promotion Association for the Global Youth Innovation Leaders Community (PILC).

16. When does the registration start and end?

The online registration for international teams starts on June 1 at 0:00 and will close on July 31, 2021 at 24:00 (Beijing time, UTC+8).

17. What kind of materials need to be prepared for the competition?

A project presentation file (PPT format) is compulsory for all teams. Besides, a business plan in Word format or a one minute video can also be submitted as an optional supplement. To facilitate the review, please convert your presentation files to PDF format before uploading.

18. What language should I use in the competition?

All entry materials should be in Chinese or English. All finalist teams are required to present and defend their projects in Chinese or English. If you have further language related needs, please contact the Organizing Committee before your project gets evaluated.

19. Will my intellectual property rights be protected?

All entry materials will be accessible only to authorized staffers of the competition and the judges we invite, all of whom will sign a confidentiality agreement with us. In every round, each project will be evaluated by about 5 to 15 judges. We will not disclose anything about your project without your consent.

FAQ Regarding International Entrants

1. Are the graduates eligible to enter for the competition?

Those who have graduated within the past 5 years (in or after 2016) are eligible to participate the competition. However, entrants must be under 35 years old (born after March 1, 1986).

2. Do I have to enter for the competition in team?

This Competition only accepts team entries. All entrants must enter in teams of 2 to 15 people (team leader included). The application should be submitted by the leader of the participating team. The participating college refers to the foreign college which the team leader is currently enrolled at or has graduated from.

3. How to choose the project Category for my entry?

When you register, the system will assign your entry into the suitable Category based on the information of your team members and entry. Requirements for each Category are as follows:

Undergraduate Creativity Category. Projects entered that:

  • are creative;
  • have mature product prototypes or service models;
  • have not completed business registration and other types of registration on or before April 16, 2021.
  • The applicant must be the team leader, and the team leader and members must be current undergraduates or junior college students.

Postgraduate Creativity Category. Projects entered that:

  • are creative;
  • have mature product prototypes or service models;
  • have not completed business registration and other types of registration on or before April 16, 2021.
  • The applicant must be the team leader, and the team leader and members must be current postgraduates or undergraduates/junior college students.

Emerging Project Category. Projects entered that:

  • have completed business registration or other types of registration within the past three years (after March 1, 2018);
  • have completed no more than one round of equity investment.
  • The applicant must be the legal representative of the start-up.

Rising Project Category. Projects entered that:

  • have completed business registration or other types of registration for over three years (prior to March 1, 2018); or
  • have completed business registration or other types of registration within the past three years (after March 1, 2018); and
  • have completed two or more rounds of equity investment.
  • The applicant must be the legal representative of the company.

4. Is it necessary for an international entry to have a Chinese recommended organization?

Not necessary. An international team can sign up independently through the official website of the Promotion Association for Global Youth Innovation Leaders Community (PILC) https://www.pilcchina.org.

5. What are the types of the projects entered?

The types of the projects entered are mainly including but not limited to the belows:

  • Internet+Modern agriculture, including agriculture, forestry, animal husbandry and fishery.
  • Internet+Manufacturing, including advanced manufacturing, intelligent hardware, industrial automation, biological medicine, energy saving and environmental protection, new materials, military industry, etc.
  • Internet+Information technology services, including artificial intelligence technology, Internet of things technology, cyberspace security technology, big data, cloud computing, tool software, social networking, media portal, enterprise services, next generation communication technology, block chain, etc.
  • Internet+Cultural and creative services, including radio, film and television, design services, culture and art, tourism and leisure, art transactions, advertising and exhibition, animation and entertainment, sports and athletics;
  • Internet+Social services, including e-commerce, consumer life, finance, finance and law, real estate and home furnishing, efficient logistics, education and training, medical and health care, transportation, human resources services, etc.

6. Does it matter that my startup registration location is not the same as the actual operation location of the project?

In the registration part, these are two different options, which can be filled in separately. Your score will not be affected.