Schulich students going for gold

A team of International MBA (IMBA) students from York’s Schulich School of Business has advanced to the semifinal round of one of the world’s leading business plan competitions.

The Schulich team of Andrew Lee, Chi Wah (Eva) Lee, Tong (Annie) Li, Fan Jiang, Alysha Jetha, Kevan Hammer and Xiao Yan (Clare) Qu will compete in the semifinals of the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) International Business Plan Competition, which will take place from May 3 to 5 in Hong Kong.

Student teams will present business plans for a new venture before an international panel of judges comprised of venture capitalists and executives. The competition includes a 90-second "elevator pitch" component, where student teams are given 90 seconds to pitch their business plan to the panel of judges.

The HKUST competition attracted a number of high-quality submissions from business school teams around the world, but fewer than 1 in 8 proposals were accepted for the semifinal round. Up to $25,000 in total prizes are available. This is the second annual HKUST Business Plan Competition. Last year’s competition was won by Duke University. Semifinalist competitors included Stanford, UC Berkeley and Dartmouth.