Participating in the HSBC/ HKU Business Case Competition 2024 Hong Kong:

The 24 universities (winners of the local competitions and teams appointed by the directly invited universities) will participate in the Competition. Each team will consist of four students to represent their university in the competition.

Competition Format:

The competition will take place over three rounds.

Competition Dates:

26 May to 29 May 2024

  • 26 May - Arrival and Welcome Dinner
  • 27 May – Round 1 at HKU
  • 28 May – Round 2 at HKU
  • 29 May – Final Round at HSBC
  • 29 May – Awards Presentation and Cocktail Reception at HSBC
Competition Structure:

Teams are allocated into divisions and slots.

Division A-F represent the pool of universities that you compete against.

Slot 1-4 represent preparation and presentation time.

Asia Pacific competition will have 24 teams allocated into six divisions with four slots in Rounds 1 and 2 and one division of four teams in the Final Round.

Random Draw Procedures:

The divisions and presentation slots will be determined by random draw. This draw will be held in the presence of all participants. Except for the final round, each round of the competition will have its own draw.

Team Composition:

Each team should consist of four students and a coach.

All participants must be full-time undergraduate students enrolled at the participating university in the competition year.

All participants should have graduated from secondary school no longer than eight years ago.

Students who have participated in previous editions of the competition are not eligible to compete again.


The judging panel will consist of senior executives from HSBC and other companies. Typically, there are three judges on each panel.

Judges Scoring:

Judges will score the teams using the competition scoring sheet, a template of which will be shared with each participating university. Universities will receive a copy of the completed scoring sheets for their team some days after the competition.

Round Format and Rules:

In case there is any contradiction between the General Competition Rules and the Round Rules and Format, the latter will take precedence. Please inform the organizers immediately in such a case.

Preparation and Presentation Times:

Students will be given an unpublished business case developed by the ACRC. Teams are separated into breakout rooms and are given 3 hours (180 minutes) to read the case, come up with a solution to the case, and prepare a presentation of their solution. The team will present the solution to a panel of three senior business executives from the international business community. Each presentation lasts 20 minutes, followed by a 15-minute question-and-answer session (35 minutes in total). Please note that all team members should be present and should participate at least once during the presentation.

Attending the Presentations:

Coaches can watch the presentations of their team and all other teams. Students can attend the presentations only after they have completed their presentation for that round.

All presentations will be recorded and shared on the HKU ACRC website and YouTube channel.

All participants should familiarize themselves with the competition rules.

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