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Support Stages


The Lancaster China Catalyst Programme comprises specific pre-planned elements or stages, which can be customised to individual company needs as the level of participation increases.

The programme offers three stages of support to companies, which will increase in intensity over the course of the programme. This includes frequent bi-lateral market visits, matchmaking, workshops and master classes, postgraduate level innovation and collaborative R&D support.

The programme will run over three cycles, the first one beginning in 2014, the second in 2015, with the third commencing in 2016. Each cycle will last two years in total, over three phases.

We would encourage companies to participate in all three stages in order to be fully prepared for the opportunities and challenges that they will encounter on the journey. At the successful completion of each stage, companies will be quality assessed for evidence of the necessary ambition, resource and global mind-set to progress to the next stage, ensuring their continued success.

The three key stages of support, which are outlined in more detail on the following pages, are:

Business meetings

Stage 1: China Catalyst 'Investigate'

Companies will have the opportunity to investigate the Chinese market by meeting pre-qualified partners in China and building a solid understanding of what the potential business, market and collaborative opportunities might be. This will be achieved through a fully supported market visit to Guangdong in China.

Stage 2: China Catalyst 'Accelerate'

Business meetings

Participants' entry into the Chinese market and development of collaborative bids will be accelerated by strengthening the relationships with their Chinese partners, building expert knowledge on doing business with China and developing coping strategies to overcome some of the potential challenges. This will be achieved through a series of specific activities including a bespoke executive programme, inward mission, master classes and second market visit to Guangdong.

By the end of this stage, the UK and Chinese companies will have developed a full collaborative R&D bid, which will be rigorously assessed by UK and Chinese experts according to specific criteria. These criteria will include technological and business aspects, company competence as well as application clarity and completeness. The bids will form the basis of development projects in level 3.

Stage 3: China Catalyst 'Collaborate'

Graduate support

Companies will collaborate with Chinese partners on a specific project to develop new products, services and technologies, drawing on bespoke support from the Lancaster University China Catalyst Programme to ensure the project succeeds in delivering the required business outcomes.

This will be achieved through bespoke support delivered via our graduate specialists, academic supervision of projects and the Lancaster China Catalyst team in the UK and China, as well as a third market visit to Guangdong fully customised to individual business and project requirements.

Our Chinese partners, the Guangdong Provincial Department of Science and Technology will be providing significant funding to Chinese partner companies in the form of a grant to support the successful international collaborative partnerships.

The overall cost for successfully participating in all three phases will be £10,000-00, plus VAT.

Payment terms are as follows:

Stage 1: £2,000

Stage 2: £3,000

Stage 3: £5,000 plus VAT