Today's children are our future leaders.

The world today is full of challenges that are too big to ignore.

We want to create a platform where we can enable our children to see opportunity where there are challenges, empower them to pursue their passion without fear, foster their creativity and support them to create changes that reshape the world the way they want it to be.

We want to inspire our children to think different.

About the challenge

The AIA Emerging Entrepreneur Challenge is a youth innovation programme that is designed to help young people in Hong Kong develop leadership and problem solving skills in the arts of ideation, innovation, and entrepreneurship. 6-8 teams will be shortlisted to enter the final round.

During the final round, the shortlisted teams will go through an Innovation Camp which consists of a series of experiential learning workshops and visit to company of various industries to experience the different businesses and working cultures.

Experiential Workshops

Design Thinking
Customer Discovery
User testing and iterating on feedback
Business Model Innovation
Presentation Skills

Life In the Real World



Leveraging on an extensive mentor network, shortlisted participants will have access to the knowledge and expertise of key industry leaders and renowned entrepreneurs who they can tap into to get advice to help refine their business ideas.

View our mentors

Who can participate?

We welcome applications from all students in local and international schools in Hong Kong. Students can participate as individuals or as a team.

Age: 8-12

Team Size: 1-3 members

Language: English or Chinese

How to participate?

Participating teams will need to develop and propose a business idea they believe could change the world under the following themes:

… or anything the team believes could make an impact in their community.

We are looking for projects that are powerful in their ability to change and disrupt the way we live today in a positive way.

The teams will submit their idea via the application portal (Opens October 19th, 2015). 6-8 teams will be selected to enter the final round. Three top winners and special category winners will be awarded.

Programme Timeline

What to submit?

All entrants need to submit a proposal of up to 3 slides and/or a YouTube or Vimeo video that clearly articulates their idea and its impact. The presentation should include, but is not limited to, the following:

  1. The proposed idea
  2. The problem(s) it solves
  3. The impact it makes
  4. The benefits it generates
  5. The approach to grow the idea/business

Proposal/Presentation can be in either Chinese or English.


1st place

HK$ 3,000

2nd place

HK$ 2,000

3rd place

HK$ 1,000

best business award

HK$ 1,000

most innovative award

HK$ 1,000

Audience's Choice Award

HK$ 1,000

Judging Criteria

Proposal will be judged based on the following criteria


All workshops will talk place in AIA Building (No. 1 Stubbs Road, Wanchai) unless otherwise specified.
Company visits will be at respective company headquarters. Exact address to be announced.

Are you the next one
to be inspired?