The Chunhui Cup, an entrepreneur competition

Chunhui-logo.gifThe China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) and the Chinese Service Centre for Scholarly Exchange (CSCSE) intend to establish a platform for businesses, universities and graduates to meet and cooperate, in order to strengthen the links between higher education institutions and employers.

On 21st October 2014, CBBC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with CSCSE which will help to improve the employability of graduates by fostering entrepreneurship and innovation.  As part of this collaboration, CBBC and CSCSE, together with the University of Nottingham, have agreed to explore ways to bring the Chunhui Cup Pioneering Competition, an innovation and entrepreneurship competition for Chinese overseas students, to Britain.

Competition Introduction

The Chunhui Cup Pioneering Competition started in 2006 and has been held 9 times. It is co-sponsored by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Science and Technology of P.R.China, and CSCSE is the organiser. The Competition aims to boost entrepreneurship amongst overseas Chinese students and pave the road for them to establish high-tech enterprises back in China. It includes 8 innovation industries: Electronic Information, Biological Medicine, Cultural Creativity and Modern Service Industry, High Energy and High Efficiency and Energy Saving, Optical Mechanical and Electronic Integration, New Material, Resources and Environment, Agriculture Science and Technology. Previously, in 2014, after 102 days online application process, Chunhui Cup competition has received 259 project applications.

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Successful finalists receive support such as opportunities to discuss financial report and help to set up their business. CSCSE will advertise all the finalists’ brief introduction on their official website after the competition for those worldwide Investment companies, organisations and individual who are interested in the project, they are able to contact finalist through Competition Organizing Committee, and according to record there were 188 projects in the finalist in the 9thChunhui Cup, so they all have equal opportunities to gain sponsorship.

Additional details about the Chunhui Cup Pioneering Competition can be found below:

The application period:  21st April – 31th July 2015

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Review Stage:

The review stage period will take place from 1st to 4th September and be completed by a panel consisting of innovation parks, university of science and technology parks, domestic enterprises experts and Venture Capital enterprises. There are 3 reviews: a preliminary review, an audit review and a final review. The shortlisted projects will be displayed on the Cup’s official website.

Short listing and Final:

The shortlisted project first owner will be sponsored by Ministry of Education under Chunhui plan to come to Guangzhou to the final in Guangzhou to hold discussions regarding setting up their project in China and attend the awards ceremony in mid December.

Application requirements

  • Applicants can be a team or an individual although teams are preferred and encouraged
  • The team can consist of Chinese and non-Chinese members but the main applicant should be Chinese
  • Applicants can be existing students, graduates or working professionals, but must have overseas experience
  • Applicants must have master degree or higher degree
  • Applicants must have innovation start-up project
  • Each participant/participating team is limited to a project

You are able to find more information about the latest 9th Chunhui Cup Pioneering Competition at the below website:

Student competitions – could you be a winner and what’s involved?

ug2013awrds-awardsThis year two University of Manchester students reached the final of the Undergraduate of the year awards.

There are lots of these student award competitions around and we know that sometimes there are few good applicants. Perhaps they seem like a lot of work or you feel that you couldn’t possibly win?
We asked George if he would mind sharing his experience with you, to help you maximise your chances of winning.

This is his story…

On the 19th of April I went to London for the Undergraduate of the Year Awards ceremony, where I was among the 10 finalists for the Arts and Humanities Award, sponsored by Barclays.

This journey began more than a month before that, when I applied for this Award. I am a second year Politics, Philosophy and Economics student at Manchester University and was looking at the time for a competition that would somehow relate to Social Sciences.

I have to admit the Undergraduate of the Year was advertised extensively in my online searches, as it is organized by Target Jobs. The competition is open to many fields of study, from IT and Computer Science to Management. Each field of study has a sponsor, usually the biggest firms with the most potential for attracting future graduates. Also, the usual award for the winner is an internship with the respective sponsor company, or a one-year placement for those with placement years, among other incentives like a free iPad with the award.

When I applied I imagined that the competition would be rough, but only later I would find out how amazingly devoted the other finalists were to their fields of study and future plans for graduation. For the Arts and Humanities Award, the process consisted of a number of tests, numerical and so on, just like for a normal application for an internship, followed by a phone interview if you were successful.

TUG2013awrds-grouphe next stage, where only the 10 finalists would go to was the assessment centre at Barclays in Canary Wharf, London. Of course, by the time of the assessment, the remaining candidates would be the most skilled and the most knowledgeable about the sponsor, Barclays.

If you do decide to apply for this competition, you must keep in mind that you may be a very capable individual, but you must also do extensive research on your sponsor and seriously consider an internship or future job with them. In the actual assessment centre, you will again be tested on your numerical skills, your commercial awareness skills, you might do a role-play exercise where your knowledge of the company is tested, a presentation in a team, but these vary from sponsor to sponsor. It is a combination between what you excel in as an individual, your past achievements and your dedication towards obtaining an internship with the company. It’s not enough, sadly, to be an over-achiever, you must also present commercial awareness.

When I think about the whole experience and the competition, I feel that I have a lot more to learn and to dedicate my free time to. The people I met were from very diverse degree backgrounds, someone was studying English, another was studying War Studies and so on, yet they all achieved so much in their 2 years in University and all presented exceptional commercial awareness. The employees from Barclays were great as well, really friendly and talented individuals, willing to help and give advice at any stage of the programme.

I strongly urge you to be the best at what you do and to test yourself against others in competitions like Undergraduate of the Year. Ultimately this not only looks good on your CV, but It makes you want more, it gives you a chance to talk to the best students out there, the best employers and to build a network of friends and potential co-workers after University. Just writing about this made me think I should stop procrastinating writing articles about why we should try to be the best and just start doing it.

In the end, I want to thank Barclays for all the support and advice, I want to congratulate all the winners and finalists this year, you guys were amazing and also a big shout out to the only other finalist from Manchester University, for the Law Undergraduate Award, Phillip Ebsworth.

George Popescu-Craiova

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