Entrepreneurship and Innovation Centre

Dean's Cup Business Innovation Gymnasium

Business Innovation Gymnasium


Dean's Cup Business Innovation Gymnasium (BIG) is a business idea competition which provides a platform for students to develop their business ideas.

Since September 2017, the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Centre (EIC) of the School of Business hosted 8 BIG rounds with 630+ student participants.

Starting from April 2023, the competition has been transformed into a startup bootcamp. The competition offers a strong mentoring component with the aim to upskill students through immersive and interactive learning provided by a team of dedicated mentors.



Registration Deadline : 8 March (Fri)
Proposal Submission Deadline : 15 March (Fri)
Result Announcement : 3 April (Wed)
Mentee Alignment Session : 16 April (Tue)
Mentor-Mentee Speed Matching Event : 16 April (Tue)
Mentoring Phase (Flexible scheduling) : 16 April to 16 May
Pitch Workshop : 9/10 May (Thu/Fri) - Tentative
Semi-Final : 16 May (Thu)
Grand-Final : 30 May (Thu)

CHAMPION : HK$12,000
1st Runner-up : HK$8,000
2nd Runner-up : HK$6,000
Consolation Prizes (*3) : HK$2,000


  1. The competition is open to all HKBU students with the requirement that at least one of the team members must be the School of Business Student at undergraduate or postgraduate level.
  2. The maximum team size is 5.
  3. Business ideas should have never been presented in the final round of BIG in previous years.
  4. However, previous finalists are welcome to participate again with new business idea.


For Team Leader

Stage 1: Submit the Registration Form on or before 8 March 2024
1. Read the Guidelines and Eligibility carefully.
2. Write down your name and other information on the form.
3. Write down your idea name on the form.
4. You are not required to submit the information of your team members at this stage.
5. One team to complete one form only.
6. Submit another form if you have 2 or more ideas.

Stage 2: Submit the Application Form on or before 15 March 2024
1. Team Leader will receive an application form to provide us the information of all your members.
2. Team Leader MUST submit the application form together with the following items to eic@hkbu.edu.hk:

  • 1-page business proposal
  • 5-minute video link



  • Personal information collected will only be used for the purpose of application, verification and communication.

  • The Organiser reserves the right to use all or any parts of the entries in promotional campaigns. In all cases, no specific notification or payment will be given to the entrants.

  • The Organiser reserves the right to amend the program of the rules and regulations.

  • Should there be disputes, the Organiser reserves the right to the final decision.


Dean's Cup Business Innovation Gymnasium (BIG) is a business idea competition held by the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Centre of the School of Business annually.
Please click below to know more about the details and results of previous BIG:

BIG 1.0 (Nov 2017) BIG 2.0 (Apr 2018) BIG 3.0 (Nov 2018) BIG 4.0 (Apr 2019)
BIG 5.0 (Nov 2019)
BIG 6.0 (May 2021)
BIG 7.0 (May 2022) BIG 8.0 (June 2023)