T&M International Business Plan Competition

Since 2007, the Dual Degree Program in Technology and Management at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (T&M-DDP, HKUST) and the Hoeft Technology and Management Program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (T&M UIUC) have co-organized T&M International Business Plan Competition in different cities across the world. Various guest universities have been invited to increase the level of international culture appreciation and teamwork challenges.

The pedagogy for the competition relies on an intensive residential period which includes daily combinations of faculty mentoring, team brainstorming, company visits, local landmark visits and numerous opportunities to practice investor pitching. Students work in small teams of maximum 6 students from all of the participating universities. Each team combination is chosen with goal to maximize multi-disciplinary coverage across engineering, science and business management. Students, as well as faculty, are engaged in about 12 hours intensive activities each day in a highly stimulating and intellectually challenging environment.

Rafting at Brazil (2016)

Prior to the trip, participating universities will prepare students with business planning skills and subject matter familiarity such that students can “hit the ground running”. Typical pre-trip workshops would include subjects such as industry domain knowledge related to the theme, latest technology trends, the lean-startup process, business plan writing, investor pitching and cross-culture teamwork. Target students are high-caliber full-time Bachelors or Masters Students interested in innovation and entrepreneurship.

South Africa Culture Ummersion (2013)

Year 2017
Location Hong Kong,
Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Competion Theme Health Tech for Seniors
Participating Universities T&M HKUST
University of Illinois
University of Sao Paulo
University of Bayreuth
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Year 2016
Location Singapore,
Bintan, Indonesia
Competion Theme Finance.Technology.Disruption
Participating Universities T&M HKUST
Nanyang Technological University
University of California Berkeley
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Year 2016
Location San Paulo,
Brazil
Competion Theme Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
Participating Universities

T&M HKUST
University of Illinois
University of Sao Paulo
University of Bayreuth

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Year 2015
Location South West, 
Singapore
Competion Theme Water for Life
Participating Universities T&M HKUST 
Nanyang Technological University 
University of California Berkeley
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Year 2015
Location San Jose, 
USA
Competion Theme Autonomous Vehicle and ICT
Participating Universities T&M HKUST 
T&M UIUC 
University of Bayreuth
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Year 2014
Location Bayreuth, 
Germany
Competion Theme Intelligent Sustainable Mobility
Participating Universities T&M HKUST 
T&M UIUC 
University of Bayreuth
University of Sao Paulo
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Year 2013
Location Johannesburg,
South Africa
Competion Theme South Africa Culture Immersion
Participating Universities T&M HKUST 
T&M UIUC
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Year 2012
Location Hong Kong, 
China
Competion Theme 6 Pillar Industries for Hong Kong
Participating Universities T&M HKUST 
T&M UIUC 
University of Sao Paulo

 

Year 2011
Location Sao Paulo, 
Brazil
Competion Theme Green Business for Brazil
Participating Universities T&M HKUST 
T&M UIUC 
University of Sao Paulo

 

Year 2010
Location London, 
United Kingdom
Competion Theme Building a Sustainable Future
Participating Universities London South Bank University 
Seoul National University 
T&M HKUST 
T&M UIUC 
University of Sao Paulo

 

Year 2009
Location Seoul, 
Korea
Competion Theme Building a Sustainable Future
Participating Universities Seoul National University 
Korea University 
T&M HKUST 
T&M UIUC

 

Year 2008
Location Chicago, 
USA
Competion Theme Green Business in Chicago
Participating Universities T&M HKUST 
T&M UIUC

 

Year 2007
Location Hong Kong, 
China
Competion Theme Commercialization of LED Technology
Participating Universities T&M HKUST 
T&M UIUC