HEC Paris and Tsinghua SEM launch a brand new student and young entrepreneurs’ competition: Shanghai 2010 Award

15 March 2010

HEC Paris and Tsinghua SEM announce today the launch of a premier competition, the “Shanghai 2010 Award”, a Business Project competition open to students and young entrepreneurs worldwide.

The topic of the competition is “Entrepreneurship and the Sustainable City”.

Related to Shanghai Expo 2010 theme “Better City, Better Life”, the Shanghai 2010 Award Competition aims:
- to raise awareness among business students and young entrepreneurs about the opportunities and challenges of sustainable urban development;
- to identify and promote business projects or new business models contributing to better urban life;
- to allow students and young entrepreneurs with innovative concepts to meet and present their projects to international leading companies with a major commitment to sustainable development.

Registration runs from 9th March 2010 to 30th April 2010, 12:00 Paris time. In teams of three, candidates are expected to submit a documented 8000-word long business project.
The Scientific Committee, composed of representatives of University Partners, will then identify the top 100 Business Projects and the 30 Nominees. On 28th May 2010, the Jury, composed of representatives of Corporate Sponsors and University Partners, will choose the Prize Winners among the nominees.

The Award ceremony will be held on 15th July 2010 in Shanghai.

The prize consists of a four-day stay in Shanghai, including travel, food and accommodation, plus access to the Shanghai World Expo 2010 for the three finalist teams. In addition, the finalists will be awarded monetary prizes* and they will have the opportunity to meet representatives of the international and Chinese business community.

For more information, visit the competition website which is now open at

* First prize is € 4,800, second prize is € 3,600, and third prize is € 2,400 (to be shared out among team members).

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