Earlier this morning, MIT announced that it’s going to open its first-ever Innovation Node in Hong Kong next summer, which will act as a sort of startup incubator for the American university that will help students in Hong Kong learn how to “move ideas more rapidly from lab to market.” Not only will this enable MIT to form more research partnerships with universities in Hong Kong, there are also plans to create a makerspace for prototyping and testing new technology, similar to what MIT is already doing in the United States.
Hong Kong is to be the location for a startup accelerator-style center of innovation from famed tech-focused U.S. university MIT. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (better know as MIT) announced today that it will open its first ever “Innovation Node” in the Asian city-state next summer. The center will be a startup incubator of sorts which MIT said will “[combine] resources and talent… to help students learn how to move ideas more rapidly from lab to market.” That’s much like an incubator program but, beyond that, it will provide research opportunities with Hong Kong universities, a platform for events and community activity, and internships. There are also plans to open a makerspace for prototyping and testing new hardware and technology, which would be closely aligned a similar facility that MIT is currently building in the U.S.. It’s no coincidence that MIT has picked Hong Kong. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, the organization’s president — Rafael Reif — cited the city’s status as a financial hub and its proximity to centers of innovation as key reasons. “Universities in Hong Kong are very strong and the city has significant business expertise,” Reif said. “In addition to that, you also have manufacturing infrastructure in Shenzhen that can handle small volume manufacturing.”
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