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Format & Rules

About BA Paper 2021

Business Administration Paper welcomes innovative business ideas on the year’s theme – “Tech Imagineer”.

BA Paper 2021 consists of 3 stages of competition, namely, the First Round (including the Promotion Challenge), Semi-Final and the Grand Final.

Team Format (Local)

  • Full-time undergraduates from all disciplines, with AT LEAST 1 full-time business undergraduate.
  • Each team should consist of 2 to 4 members from ANY local university.

General Requirements

  • All submissions shall be uploaded on the Google Form on or before the announced deadline by the team leader.
  • Late submission of any required materials will be assumed by HKFBS as withdrawal from the competition.
  • No re-submission or modification of any submitted materials is allowed.
  • All participating teams must send AT LEAST 2 representatives to attend all compulsory events organised by HKFBS for BA Paper 2021.

– Teams that fail to commit to the above requirements may be DISQUALIFIED.

First Round

1.   5-page Executive Summary according to the theme

Specifications of the Executive Summary:

  • Internal Assessment: The length of the Executive Summary should NOT EXCEED 5 A4-sized pages.
  • Only pages with content and visual aids are counted towards the limit and will be marked. Cover, table of content, appendix, and references are optional and will not be marked.
  • The Executive Summary should be submitted online in .pdf format and named with your team number (e.g. Team_21999.pdf)
  • Times New Roman with font size 12pt and 1.5 line spacing must be applied.
  • 1-inch page margin is required.
  • ONLY the team number is to be placed on the cover page for identification. Names of participants and universities should NOT appear in the Executive Summary. 

2.   Promotion Challenge

Participants are required to submit EITHER a poster OR a video to introduce their business ideas illustrated in the Executive Summary. The work will be posted on our Facebook page. The top 3 teams with the most “likes” will be awarded a maximum of HKD 500 on a 1 like = $1 basis.

Specifications of the Poster Submission:

  • Format: JPEG (File name with your team number eg. Team_21999.jpg)
  • Language: English
  • Length: 1 page in A4 size only

Specifications of the Video Submission:

  • Format: MP4 (File name with your team number eg. Team_21999.mp4)
  • Language: English
  • Length: 1 minute at max. (File size below 100MB)

– Teams which fail to submit materials for the Promotion Challenge on time will risk mark deduction.

Semi-Final

  • 10 teams will be selected as the local Semi-Finalist Teams and divided into 5 groups.
  • They will be required to submit a 15-page thorough written report with full details of their business idea, including but not limited to elements like financials, marketing plan, market analysis, etc.
  • During the pitching session, They are required to pitch the Evaluation Committee regarding the essence of their business plans within 8 minutes, followed by a 3-minute Q&A session by the Evaluation Committee and a 2-minute Q&A session by the opponent team.

Grand Final

  • The 5 local Finalist teams are expected to submit a 20-page comprehensive proposal.
  • They are also required to do an oral presentation to pitch the full panel of judges (Academic and Business Evaluation Committees) within 12 minutes in the Grand Final, followed by a 5-minute Q&A session by the Evaluation Committee.

– Participating Teams must attend the Grand Final to collect their Certificates of participation.
– Participating Teams who are attending the Grand Final will have the opportunity to vote for the award-winning teams.

Team Format (Global)

  • Full-time undergraduates from all disciplines, with AT LEAST 1 full-time business undergraduate.
  • Each team should consist of 2 to 4 members from ANY foreign university.

General Requirements

  • All submissions shall be uploaded to the Google Form on or before the announced deadline by the team leader.
  • Late submission of any required materials will be assumed by HKFBS as withdrawal from the competition.
  • No re-submission or modification of any submitted materials is allowed.

– Teams that fail to commit to the above requirements may be DISQUALIFIED.

First Round

1.   5-page Executive Summary according to the theme

Specifications of the Executive Summary:

  • Internal Assessment: The length of the Executive Summary should NOT EXCEED 5 A4-sized pages.
  • Only pages with content and visual aids are counted towards the limit and will be marked. Cover, table of content, appendix, and references are optional and will not be marked.
  • The Executive Summary should be submitted online in .pdf format and named with your team number (e.g. Team_21999.pdf)
  • Times New Roman with font size 12pt and 1.5 line spacing must be applied.
  • 1-inch page margin is required.
  • ONLY the team number is to be placed on the cover page for identification. Names of participants and universities should NOT appear in the Executive Summary. 

2.   Promotion Challenge

Participants are required to submit EITHER a poster or a video to introduce their business ideas illustrated in the Executive Summary. The work will be posted on our Facebook page. The top 3 teams with the most “likes” will be awarded a maximum of HKD 500 on a 1 like = $1 basis.

Specifications of the Poster Submission:

  • Format: JPEG (File name with your team number eg. Team_21999.jpg)
  • Language: English
  • Length: 1 page in A4 size only

Specifications of the Video Submission:

  • Format: MP4 (File name with your team number eg. Team_21999.mp4)
  • Language: English
  • Length: 1 minute at max. (File size below 100MB)

– Teams which fail to submit materials for the Promotion Challenge on time will risk mark deduction.

Semi-Final

  • 3 foreign Semi-Finalist Teams will be required to submit a 15-page detailed written report with full details of the business included, for example: financials, marketing plan, market analysis, etc.
  • The written report shall be accompanied by a video oral presentation for the Evaluation Committee.
  • Semi-Finalists are required to pitch the Evaluation Committee regarding the essence of their business plans within 10 minutes.

Grand Final

  • 1 foreign team is expected to submit a 20-page comprehensive proposal.
  • They are also required to do an oral presentation to pitch the full panel of judges (Academic and Business Evaluation Committees) in the Grand Final in an online live format.
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