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HKICPA Business Case Competition 2021


For 19 years, the HKICPA Business Case Competition has welcomed tertiary students with diverse educational backgrounds from Mainland of China, Hong Kong and Macau to compete for attractive cash prizes and internship opportunities. The competition connects students in testing their academic competencies and business knowhow to solve real-life challenges, exercising their current skillsets, and simultaneously cultivate their professional judgement and enhance their global perspectives.


In 2020, the competition received tremendous support with around 3,700 students and 680 business proposals from approximately 40 institutions. We have built a platform for students to gain new inspiration and expand their toolboxes. Students participated were all provided with valuable life-time experiences.


  1. Win amazing prizes and QP fee waivers

    Winning teams can get attractive cash prizes, waivers of QP application fee and student annual fee amounted to HK$51,600.

  2. Gain internship opportunities and give your CV the ultimate boost

    Finalist teams will get internship awards to gain valuable work experience from leading organizations in Hong Kong.

  3. Get real world experience

    Participating teams can learn how to apply technical knowledge into practical business context by exposing to the QP case question.



  • Sub-degree or undergraduate students from any discipline at tertiary institutions in Hong Kong.
  • Both QP Affiliate Club members and non-QP Affiliate Club members are also welcome. Non-members will automatically become a member of the QP Affiliate Club for free upon competition registration.
  • Each team must consist of three to four members from the same tertiary institutions.



There will be three rounds of competition:

First round



Each team is required to submit a 15-page business proposal in English, including an executive summary of not more than 3 pages.


Second round


60 teams (30 each from HK sub-degree and undergraduate group) will be shortlisted for the second round review.


Final round - Oral presentation



12 finalist teams (6 each from HK sub-degree and undergraduate teams) will be shortlisted to give an oral presentation based on their written proposals.


Date Details
4 October 2021 Online registration deadline
11 October 2021 (before 12:00 noon) Submission of 15-page written proposal
5 November 2021

Announcement of finalist teamsT

20 November 2021  Oral presentation

T Shortlisted teams will receive email notification.


Winners from each team of the Hong Kong sub-degree and undergraduate groups will receive:

Rank Awards
Champion HK$10,000 cash prize, QP fees waiver*, trophy, medal and certificate, with a total of HK$14,800
First runner-up HK$6,000 cash prize, QP fees waiver*, trophy, medal and certificate, with a total of HK$10,800
Second runner-up  HK$4,000 cash prize, QP fees waiver*, trophy, medal and certificate, with a total of HK$8,800
Best written proposal HK$2,000 cash prize, plaque and certificate 
Best presenter HK$2,000 cash prize, plaque and certificate
Merit teams (3 awards) HK$2,000 cash prize, QP fees waiver**, medal and certificate, with a total of HK$4,400
Six finalist teams
(HK undergraduate group)
Internship placement#

* Fee waiver of HK$600 QP application fee and HK$600 first year of student annual fee are awarded to each member of the champion, first runner-up and second runner-up teams.

** Fee waiver of HK$600 QP application fee is awarded to each member of the merit teams.

# Final internship placement offer is subject to decisions of internship sponsors.


Case question 2021 (HK Sub-degree) Case question 2021 (HK Undergraduate)
Cover sheet template for written proposal submission 2021 (HK Sub-degree) Cover sheet template for written proposal submission 2021 (HK Undergraduate)
 Submission guidelines 2021 for HK written proposal  Reviewers' comments on teams' written proposals in 2020
 Best written proposal in 2020 (HK Sub-degree)  Best written proposal in 2020 (HK Undergraduate)
 Champion team's presentation in 2020 (HK Sub-degree)  Champion team's presentation in 2020 (HK Undergraduate)
 Smart tips from winning teams in 2020 (HK Sub-degree)  Smart tips from winning teams in 2020 (HK Undergraduate)
 Reviewers list of 2021  Technical webinar recording


  • By registering for the competition, the Hong Kong Institute of CPAs is authorized to transfer students' personal information to the internship sponsors for internship arrangement.
  • Each winner for internship placement is required to sign an undertaking to accept and complete the internship programme at the organizations which offers him/her the internship placement offer.
  • Prizes are not transferable and the fee waiver cannot be redeemed for cash.
  • When submitting the written proposal, students must ensure their contribution are no original and do not infringe upon the copyright. Also, they are the only owner/ co-owner of their original work and have a copyright for that.
  • All entries must be received by the closing date specified above.
  • All students of the finalist teams are required to attend the oral presentation in person.
  • By registering for the competition, all participants will be deemed to have accepted and be bound by the rules of the competition.
  • All the finalists and winners must consent to the use of his/her name, photograph, presentation materials and video for publicity purposes.
  • The Institute reserves the right to decide on the terms, final results of the competition and to amend the competition rules at any time.


If you want to know more about the sponsors, please click here.



For HK teams: Please call (852) 2287 7463 / 2287 7228  or email to


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