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Postgraduate business student scoops Champion at startup pitching competition

24 Jan, 2018
Thomas Huang, a postgraduate student of the HKBU School of Business, scooped the Champion with his team at the Startup Weekend Hong Kong Travel, a startup pitching competition organised by Techstars, a global network originated in the USA that connects and supports entrepreneurs worldwide. The event was held on 19-21 January 2018 in Hong Kong.

By spending an intense weekend of 54 hours working closely with like-minded peers on a scalable business idea that disrupts the travel industry, Thomas, a student of the MSc in Applied Economics programme, and his team came up with TraVRler, a new platform that allows live streamers to bring their audience with them virtually while they travel by using the VR technology, while adding an interactive aspect that allows audience to communicate with the live streamers real-time and influence their decision making. 

“I am glad that I could harness my business knowledge to further develop the idea, conduct market research and compile a business development plan. The judges were really thrilled by our well-thought-out revenue stream, in-depth market research and overall user experience design.” 

As part of the efforts to cultivate students’ entrepreneurial mind-set and innovative thinking while promoting business ethics as our core value, the HKBU School of Business supported Startup Weekend Creating Shared Values @ Hong Kong Baptist University on 2-4 February 2018, where participants formed teams, designed a product, validated their business idea and pitched in front of experienced judges, including Prof. Ed Snape, Dean of the HKBU School of Business, and Ir. Dr Alfred Tan, Head of Knowledge Transfer Office, HKBU. Dr. Henry Fock, Head of Department of Marketing, and Dr. Y.M. Wong, Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Centre, were also the mentors, among other startup coaches.

Since its inception, in less than 10 years Startup Weekend has touched more than 150 countries globally with over 23,000 teams participating in over 2,900 events. It is designed to embrace diversity, creating a conducive environment for anyone with entrepreneurial spirit to grow the startup eco-system in different ways.