Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London

"Deadline for Application: 8 May 2018"

UK secondary school students offered chance to win a place at a university summer school in Hong Kong!

The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in London has launched for the seventh time the Student Competition this year with the title "Hong Kong: the best destination for start-up entrepreneurs!". The objective of the Competition is to enable British students to experience Hong Kong’s vibrant ecosystem for developing innovation and technology and the enabling environment for start-ups.

The Competition offered UK sixth form secondary school students the chance to win a free trip to Hong Kong to attend a summer school programme at a Hong Kong university and have a genuine taste of the university campus life. Sponsored by Cathay Pacific Airways and supported by the British Council and InvestHK, the Competition has the participation of three key universities in Hong Kong.

To join the Competition, students are invited to compare the situation and developments between Hong Kong and a UK city in their respective policies and measures to support start-ups. Suggestions on how to further promote and develop Hong Kong as the best destination for start-ups will have added bonus. Students are free to present their submissions through any possible means, such as an essay, a video clip on youtube, a post in a blog, etc. Contestants should submit their entries with an application form by the following means –
a. By post to Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, 18 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3JA; or
b. By email to competition@hketolondon.gov.hk

Five winners will be selected and entries will be judged based on content, creativity and presentation.

To be eligible for the competition, the contestants must be –

  1. a British citizen holding a UK passport and without right of abode or right to land in Hong Kong;
  2. sixth form (Grade 12 or Grade 13) and studying full time at a secondary school in the UK;
  3. able to speak fluent English;
  4. given the consent to participate in the Competition by his/her parent or legal guardian; and
  5. able to support him/herself financially whilst in Hong Kong.

The Competition starts to receive entries today and the deadline for application is 8 May 2018.

Let's hear what the past winners say about their visits to Hong Kong!

"I had thoroughly enjoyed my time studying in Hong Kong. I had made many new friends, experienced a completely different culture and gained an invaluable insight into university life." by Michael McGrade, one of the winners for the 2017 competition

"Hong Kong is a beautiful and practical city; the people I met were warm, friendly and welcoming- a true asset to their international city." by Alex White, one of the winners for the 2016 competition

"This trip has strengthened me as a person – it has given me independence and courage and has greatly improved my confidence." by Natalie Dearden, one of the winners for the 2015 competition

For further information about the competition, please see the 2018 Student Competition Information Note (pdf) or email competition@hketolondon.gov.hk.