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  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



Top Talents from Chinese University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong University
of Science & Technology Crowned Champion and
"Technopreneur of Hong Kong" at the
HSBC YDC Young Entrepreneur Challenge 2012 Hong Kong Final

The Hong Kong Final of the "HSBC YDC Young Entrepreneur Challenge 2012" organized by the Young Entrepreneurs Development Council (YDC) was held on 14 July 2012. The competition was sponsored by HSBC and supported by the Innovation and Technology Commission, the Government of the HKSAR.

After four training workshops and three rounds of intense competition, ten teams from local universities were selected and mentored to compete in the Hong Kong Final. The finalists presented their business plans to a panel of distinguished judges from the local business community, including Dr. Edwin Lee, the founder and CEO of BridgeWay Business Broker Company Limited, Mr. Roger T. Marshall, Managing Director of Persimmon Capital Limited, Professor John Mok, Chairman of Automatic Manufacturing Limited, Mr. Frederick Yung, Senior Manager, Technology Business Incubation Programme at the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, Mr. Jeffrey T. H. Cheung, Director of CrossGate Advisors Limited, and Ms. Dora Li, Senior Corporate Sustainability Manager Asia Pacific Region of HSBC.

On 19 July 2012, the winners were announced and Team SEMPER IUVENIS from Chinese University of Hong Kong was crowned the Hong Kong Champion, while The Hong Kong Technopreneur Award, sponsored by the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, went to Team Robust from Hong Kong University of Science & Technology. The two teams will represent Hong Kong in the Asia Pacific Regional Competition to be held on 6 August 2012 at the HSBC Main Building, in the "Asia Pacific Regional Champion" and "Asia Technopreneur Award" categories respectively.  They will be joined by five winning teams from other Asian countries, namely Bangladesh, Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.

Since the year 2000, YDC has been organizing the "YDC E-Challenge" competition, one of its most recognized programs, for all tertiary students in Hong Kong. The competition introduces participants to the entrepreneurial community, and helps them acquire skills that are not taught in a formal classroom, such as developing business plans, experiencing the trials and tribulations of fundraising, and starting a business. 

With sponsorship from the Hongkong Bank Foundation and the Innovation and Technology Commission (ITC), support from the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, BridgeWay Business Broker Company Limited, Hong Kong Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (HKVCA) and Hong Kong Business Angel Network, and effort from over 80 volunteers from business and professional sectors, YDC is able to further the competition and leave a larger impact on youths in the Asia Pacific region. With 1,305 contestants making up 307 teams from Hong Kong alone this year and a panel of prestigious judges who are successful entrepreneurs themselves, this large-scale event is going from strength to strength.

Giving Youths a "Platform to Dream and Realize Their Dreams"

YDC is a non-profit organization that strives to provide opportunities for youngsters through special programs to develop their entrepreneurial spirit and establish their own core values. The organization’s main cause — to provide youths with "a platform to dream and realize their dreams" has driven it to longstanding success in the past 15 years. By combining the strengths and experiences of more than 150 volunteer entrepreneurs and professionals in its various programs, YDC hopes to revitalize "entrepreneurial spirit" among youngsters. Mrs. Sophie Leung, legislative councilor and chairperson of YDC, has consistently emphasized that entrepreneurial spirit is very important to our youths today when the economy is increasingly competitive. Through programs that YDC offers, entrepreneurial spirits, such as passion, dedication and persistence, are effectively cultivated among youngsters.

Background - Young Entrepreneurs Development Council (YDC)

The Young Entrepreneurs Development Council (YDC) is a voluntary organization founded by a group of professionals and business people in 1997. We aim to be the premier advocate and promoter of Entrepreneurial Spirits (ES) and related leadership skills including creativity, courage, industry and drive, to name a few, in Hong Kong, particularly amongst young people.


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