Hong Kong Start-up Experiential Learning Program

Hong Kong, Hong Kong Experiential Learning



In our 2-week Hong Kong Start-up Experiential Learning Program, our participants go on industry visits, meet with professionals and local entrepreneurs, and actively work on start-up consulting challenge projects in teams – a high-touch learning experience that offers a more effective way of linking theory to practice in a foreign business culture. They visit companies such as Google and HSBC, meet local start-up founders who change the world, attend an academic lecture held by a professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), engage in various cultural activities and enjoy special group meals. In addition, our participants become short-term entrepreneurs themselves when tackling start-up consulting challenge projects in which they solve real-world problems provided by Hong Kong start-ups. In a series of interactive workshops led by certified professional trainers from People & Friends, we help them with their projects by teaching them state-of-the-art entrepreneurial tools and methods including Design Thinking and the Business Model Canvas. At the end of the program, our participants present their final results in a pitching competition in front of a jury of professionals and the winning team takes home a fantastic prize.


During our 2-week program, our participants do not only develop new friendships but make lifelong connections with their peers from around the world. In addition, they can add to their global network when going on the various industry visits where they meet with corporate managers and local entrepreneurs. The industry visits, start-up talkshow and academic seminar at HKUST further help them to understand how companies and start-ups are structured and managed in Hong Kong. Through the “Start-up Consulting Challenge” projects they learn how to analyze their own strengths and weaknesses, work together efficiently as a multicultural team and refine their presentation skills when they pitch the final project results in front of a jury of professionals. In our hands-on workshops, they are prepared well for their pitches by getting introduced to state-of-the-art entrepreneurial methods and tools used by start-ups and companies globally. Besides discovering a new career path – becoming an entrepreneur themselves – they will also be able to absorb and adapt to the local culture and enjoy some tasty food at trendy restaurants.

Field conditions

In the 2-week Hong Kong Start-up Experiential Learning Program, our participants embark on an experiential learning journey in Hong Kong – a unique cultural melting pot that represents one of the world’s most significant financial centers and trade ports. This jungle of skyscrapers also has an intriguing entrepreneurial landscape to discover. Together with their international peers, they will go on a variety of industry visits at global companies and start-ups, engage in cultural activities, enjoy group meals and experience what it means to become an entrepreneur themselves by tackling “Start-up Consulting Challenge” projects. These projects represent the guiding theme throughout the two exciting weeks and allow our participants to develop an entrepreneurial skillset and, more importantly, mindset.

The “Start-up Consulting Challenge“ projects explained:
 On the second day of the program, our participants are divided into small teams, which will each receive a real challenge to work on provided by local Hong Kong start-ups. They personally meet these start-ups during a start-up talkshow and can thereby gather as much project-relevant information as possible. In 9 highly interactive workshops with People & Friends, they learn state-of-the-art tools and methods to then apply to their “Start-up Consulting Challenge” projects. Besides these workshops, an academic seminar held by a professor at HKUST will help them to prepare for the pitching competition. On the last day of the program, it is time for our participants to present their project results to a jury in form of a pitch and the winning team takes home a fantastic prize.

Arrival and orientation

Upon arrival, the our participants gather for an in-country orientation session and Welcome Dinner. Each day of the program includes a mix of experiences; featuring, for example, a visit to Cosco Shipping, a workshop on Visual Thinking, an evening at the Happy Valley Racecourse or the HKUST lecture, a visit to the start-up Urban Spring and a pitch-training workshop using the Golden Circle model. Every morning (starting on day 2), we allow for some reflection time and encourage our participants to share their experiences of the previous day. At each company and start-up visit, they have the opportunity to do some professional networking. They can also sign up for additional cultural activities, such as the Dragon’s Back Hiking Trail, a cable car ride to see the Big Buddha or an excursion to Macau. Our program is concluded with an official Farewell Dinner.

Your stay


  • HousingVolunteer house

  • Provided mealsBreakfast, dinner

Accommodation description

In Hong Kong, our participants stay at the ibis North Point hotel where they can either sleep in a double room (which they would share with roommate of the same gender) or they can upgrade to a single room at an extra cost. The ibis North Point Hotel is located in the neighborhood of Causeway Bay on the Hong Kong Island and close to an MTR (metro) stop. You'll find a supermarket and a convenient store around the corner and in only 5 minutes you can reach the Symphony of Light Dinner Cruise pier by foot. The hotel is also close to Chun Yeung Street where you can find a typical local "Wet Market" (a market selling fresh meat and produce).



from $1830 USDper week

from $1830 USDper week


What’s included

  • Some meals

  • Training and support

  • Housing

What’s not included

  • Donation to local organization

  • Local language lessons

  • All meals

  • Transportation to and from project site

  • Project supplies

  • Airport dropoff

  • Airport pickup

  • Travel insurance

  • Air tickets

Start dates

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