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Upcoming Events

  6 JAN - 17 FEB


Student Registration Online

  12 JAN - 9 FEB


Briefing at universities in HK

 23 FEB


Opening Ceremony

 25 FEB


Workshop 1: "What do you need to be the next"

 4 MAR


Deadline for Submission of Executive Summary (1000 words)

 19 MAR


Announcement of 51 qualified teams for Round 2 Local Competition

 24 MAR


Workshop 2: "Inside the mind of a successful entrepreneur"

 31 MAR


Workshop 3: "Business Plans that sell"

  10 APR - 30 APR


Round 2 (Semi-Final Round): Submission of Business Plan (no more than 5 pages) with one minute visual presentation

  7 MAY - 13 JUL


Voting on one minute visual presentation by general public

 14 MAY


Announcement of 10 qualified finalist teams for Round 3 Local Competition

  21 MAY - 29 JUN


Round 3 (Final Round): Final submission Full Business Plan with maximum 30 pages

 24 MAY


Networking Event: Building it in Hong Kong, Speaker : Mr. Douglas Young, Founder of G.O.D.

 2 JUN


10 finalist teams of Local Competition meet with assigned mentors

 9 JUN


Workshop 4: "It's how you say it"

 14 JUL


Hong Kong Final: Presentation by 10 qualified finalist teams

 19 JUL


HK Local Competition Awards Presentation Ceremony

 6 AUG


Regional Final: Presentation by the champion teams from HK and overseas areas and awards presentation at HSBC Main Building


Judging Criteria and Guidelines

Judging Criteria (applies to all 3 phases of the Hong Kong Preliminaries)

Time to show your true qualities. A good business plan contains many sound characteristics that mark it out as a quality proposition. But judges will be looking closely at all aspects of the teams and their submissions with a keen eye on to finding the elusive proposals that are destined to make history. Judges will be looking at the following criteria (amongst others) during their deliberations.

  1. Innovation and Creativity
  2. Execution and Practicality
  3. Market Potential & Growth
  4. Team Dynamics
  5. Investors' Return
  6. Workshop Attendance Records

Best Visual Presentation Award

What should be included in the one-minute video presentation?

The video format is the most direct and impactful means of presenting information. Deliver it well, and it will pay dividends in ways no other media can match. You are looking to seriously impress here. Go ahead, unleash the director in you!

Each video will be subject to an open and public online vote as well as assessment by the judging panel. The objective is to simply convince the general public that your business proposal is the best. The video with the most votes wins*. Videos should either be in MPEG, AVI or MOV format of under 30MB in size.


How are entries evaluated?

The judging panel is composed of the elite members of venture capitalists, successful entrepreneurs and industry professionals. They will place submitted proposals and their teams under close scrutiny. Are proposals viable? What returns will investors get? How convincingly is the idea presented?

Proposals that are likely to stand a chance will be those that have a foundation in creativity and innovation, a solid business proposition, sound strategy, reasonable financial analysis and a plausible execution plan. Demonstrate the merits of your proposal and see yourself progress to the finals.


* Winning the Best Visual Presentation stage is not a guarantee of progression into the final round.


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