In 2022, the second year of the 14th five year plan, integrated circuit has become a key development landmark industry in many places in China, and is gradually forming a unique industrial environment and ecology. Wuxi has also become a strong city in China’s integrated circuit industry because of its leading development strength, complete industrial chain and strong carrier energy level. At present, the scale of Wuxi’s integrated circuit industry has exceeded 170 billion yuan, with a growth rate of more than 25%. The output value of the design industry has exceeded 35 billion yuan, with a growth rate of 98.1%, ranking fifth in China and first in Jiangsu. The 14th five year plan for Wuxi’s national economic and social development and the outline of the long-term goals for the year 2035 propose to improve the development level of the whole IC industry chain, optimize the carrier platforms such as Wuxi National “core fire” innovation and entrepreneurship base, and promote the construction of a number of major projects in the industrial chain. By 2025, the scale of the city’s IC industry will reach 200 billion yuan.

As an important position for the development of China’s emerging science and technology industry, Shenzhen’s integrated circuit industry has always been in the forefront of the country. The 14th five year plan for Shenzhen’s national economic and social development and the outline of the long-term objectives for 2005 put forward to build a world-class new generation of information technology industry development highland. Strengthen the ability of integrated circuit design, optimize and improve the chip manufacturing production line, accelerate the construction of SMIC 12 inch wafer OEM production line, actively layout advanced process integrated circuit manufacturing projects, enhance the supporting capacity of sealing and testing, equipment and materials, prospectively layout the compound semiconductor industry, and build a number of professional integrated circuit industrial parks at a high level.

Based on this background, in order to fully integrate the advantages of Wuxi and Shenzhen in integrated circuit development, radiate the integrated circuit enterprises in the Yangtze River Delta Guangdong Hong Kong Macao Bay region, support the talent training and innovative development of China’s integrated circuit related industries, so as to realize the “three chain integration” of industrial chain, innovation chain and financial chain, and build a good ecosystem for the development of integrated circuit industry, Wuxi economic development zone government takes the lead, The first integrated circuit “core of Taihu Lake” entrepreneurship competition (hereinafter referred to as the “competition”) in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao Dawan District of the Yangtze River Delta was jointly held with Shenzhen Semiconductor Industry Association. The theme of this competition is “creating a ‘core’ journey and connecting the chain to the future”. Through the competition platform, we explore, find and promote high-quality integrated circuit entrepreneurship projects, and comprehensively help the industrial development through policy support, bonus incentive, investment and financing docking, etc.

The competition is divided into two tracks: enterprise group and team group. At present, the preliminary preparation of the competition has been completed. Now the competition channel is officially opened for national innovation and entrepreneurship projects. Innovation and entrepreneurs in EDA, IP, IC design, IC application and testing, equipment, materials, supply chain and other fields can register through the designated entrance of the competition.

Competition registration channel:

The competition is divided into registration, preliminary examination, roadshow in sub competition area, finals, award ceremony and other links. According to the schedule of the event, the project registration stage is from March 1 to 30. After the registration, after the online review of the expert group, the projects shortlisted in the sub competition areas will participate in the finals roadshow qualification promotion competition in Shanghai and Shenzhen on April 11 and April 14 respectively. At that time, 20 projects from the enterprise group and the team group will be promoted to the finals, and will go to Wuxi to participate in the finals roadshow on April 28.

In order to ensure the fairness and impartiality of the competition, the final roadshow will invite industry experts, investment and financing experts, famous enterprise executives and other industry authorities as the on-site review of the competition, score the team, technology, market, finance and other aspects of the roadshow project, and rank the competition according to the final score of the project.

At the same time, in order to better help people with lofty ideals realize their IC entrepreneurial dreams, this competition has set up a high amount and wide range of bonus system, in which the top prize bonus can reach 50 million yuan. In addition, all finalists of enterprise groups and team projects will receive a total bonus of 6 million yuan, including 1 first prize, 1 million yuan, 3 second prizes, 600000 yuan, 6 third prizes and 200000 yuan, 10 excellent awards, with a bonus of 20000 yuan; One first prize, 500000 yuan, three second prizes, 200000 yuan, six third prizes, 100000 yuan, 10 excellence prizes and 10000 yuan.

In recent years, Wuxi has stepped up efforts to support the development of high-end science and technology enterprises represented by integrated circuits, and comprehensively develop the whole industrial chain of integrated circuit design, packaging, manufacturing and application. This competition is also a landing manifestation of Wuxi’s contribution to the development of integrated circuit entrepreneurial talents and projects. The competition has become an indispensable part of Wuxi’s integrated circuit ecosystem and the introduction process of elite talents.

In the process of holding the competition, in addition to providing regular rewards such as resource docking, competition exchange, professional counseling, project display, recognition and reward for the projects with excellent performance in the competition, the award-winning projects will continue to receive a number of value-added services such as policy support, application development, investment incubation, talent training, innovation incentive and industrial docking provided by Wuxi economic development zone, Realize the “mass entrepreneurship and innovation” closed loop of “project + policy + capital + carrier”, and then build a new industrial ecology.

It can be said that this competition is an important starting point for Wuxi to gather integrated circuit enterprises and talents and build an integrated circuit ecosystem. Through the event platform, a group of high-level talents and projects will be attracted to Wuxi to help Wuxi build a new highland for entrepreneurship in the integrated circuit industry. At the same time, relying on Wuxi’s existing integrated circuit ecological advantages, the competition will gather domestic well-known industry experts, entrepreneurship mentors, investment institutions and other resources, provide a display and exchange platform for excellent entrepreneurship projects, and accelerate the industrialization of the project.

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