A team from UNSW Australia Business School have won the Hong Kong Polytechnic University PolyU Innovation and Entrepreneurship Global Student Challenge (GSC). 

After rounds of keen competition, the Gold Award of the University Division was awarded to team ClubQnect from UNSW Business School.

ClubQnect is a free to download ‘social ticketing’ mobile app that facilitates interactions between event goers, prospective event goers and event organisers.  

Daniel Liang, Managing Director of ClubQnect, said “not only does it allow a person to invite friends to different events, it gives users clear visibility when their friends purchase a ticket to any event. Users can purchase tickets on their phone and create groups of friends to attend events together for discounts and special offers. The mobile platform enables ticket re-selling and gifting, thereby minimising ticket scalping.” 

The Global Student Challenge is an international business case competition launched by PolyU in 2009 as a major initiative to embrace internationalisation, innovation and entrepreneurship. 

Run for the fourth time, this year's GSC has attracted 130 teams from secondary schools and universities from 22 countries.

PolyU President Professor Timothy Tong said "apart from providing students with a valuable opportunity to unleash their innovation and entrepreneurship potential, GSC helps develop their international mind-set or global perspective, which is a sustainable competitive advantage in the global economy. Participants met up with peer groups from all over the world, thus opening their eyes and minds to different cultures and systems."

Daniel Liang said “the team are proud to win Gold, and grateful for the opportunity to represent UNSW Australia. It was a keenly fought competition, which required us to think outside the box and come up with a viable and innovate solution to a global problem.”

“All of us prepared by putting in hours of work and practice, and had the mentality to give Hong Kong the best shot we could. We are happy win. However the competition was more than just a competition, it opened up our minds to Hong Kong with the global opportunities and partnerships that are there, as we look to expand the product both domestically and internationally. Myself, Aengus Tran who looked after product development, and Ryan Chen who provided the unique financial strategy required for such a cutting edge product are delighted with our win.”

The Final competition was held on June 24th on the PolyU campus, with six finalist teams competing in the University Division and another six teams in the Secondary School Division. These aspiring young people presented their innovative business ideas to a panel of judges comprising of renowned entrepreneurs, business executives, school principals, university professors and venture capitalists from Hong Kong and overseas.

For further details contact Daniel Liang on daniel.liang@clubqnect.com.au 

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