On March 26, the HKCBA (Hong Kong Canadian Business Association) held their Ipic Competition. The purpose of the HKCBA Calgary Investment Pitch Competition (i-Pic) is to provide students enrolled in post-secondary institutions within Calgary a unique opportunity to showcase their entrepreneurial, business, analytical and presentation skills to a group of seasoned judges.
Students are encouraged to present a business concept that will promote the advantages of using Hong Kong as a strategic platform to do business with or to act as a gateway to Mainland China or other places in Asia.
The format for this event is modeled after the popular television series, “Dragon’s Den.” During the presentations, seasoned judges will ask student groups questions to assess their potential for creating value as a business venture.
This year, our Bissett students were the grand winners. Rudi Schiebel BBA-INBU won first prize $4000 and audience favorite (A dinner with the HKCBA Calgary Chapter Executives). Additionally Brad Willamson BBA-MKT (INBU and ENTR minors) won the chance to attend the VA Angels Bootcamp and $1200.
Rudi and Brad also attended the HK Forum in December as part of the Calgary delegation together with Halia Valladares, further inspiring the students to do business with HK and China and to learn more about International Business in general.