In mid-August,12 HKBU students travelled to The University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) to participate in a five-day intensive Bootcamp.

For this valuable learning trip, generously sponsored by Professor Shih Wing Ching and organised by the Knowledge Transfer Office (KTO), they had to first pitch their ideas successfully at the three-day HKBU Entrepreneurship Bootcamp 2017 held on HKBU campus earlier in April. 

Representing HKBU were three student teams and one start-up team. The student teams included WorldClass, an online tutorial platform; Homeal which uses a sharing economy model to connect cooks to customers; and Ledo Ads, an end-to-end service for placing advertisements on previously idle spaces such as restaurant tabletops. Cathay Photonics, the start-up team and namesake of the company set up by Professor Cheah Kok-wai, Chair Professor of Physics, outpitched 22 other teams from 20 countries. In a five-minute session, the team successfully grabbed the interest of the industry panel of judges with Professor Cheah's patented invention, ArmoGlass, a scratch proof thin film on glass. It was voted Audience’s Favourite Team and selected as the grand winner of this year's competition. 

Joining participants from all over the world, HKBU students were able to develop a global outlook and intercultural competencies as well as enhance their life skills necessary for entrepreneurship and self-development. Cleverly adapting the concept of consumer traction learned at the Bootcamp, Chong Mei-yuet said: "A student needs traction too, it can help me position myself as a personal brand in the competitive job market." 

During the five days, students learned the essential skills and techniques to captivate any audience, how to recognise business opportunities and understand market validation through lectures presented by successful entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley and leading lecturers from UC Berkeley. Apart from theoretical knowledge, they also had a chance to approach mentors, such as bankers, pitching coaches and angel investors, for immediate advice on their projects.