Initial Public Offering (IPO) Essentials

Design thinking training

The world is fast-changing, so are the business models. Leaders shall always keep their managing and operation models updated to stay ahead in the competitive business world. Design thinking training offers a platform to equip leaders with a more comprehensive understanding of design thinking, and enables them to apply the strategy they have learned to their business and services.

Joining design thinking course in HKU

Design thinking training is known as innovation training, our training programme enables leaders to add value to their business by improving their innovation processes in their teams. Joining HKU design thinning training can help to enhance the efficiency and productivity of your team and you will learn numerous insightful concepts of design thinking from our experienced experts.

The Benefits of our Design Thinking Training

  • Improve productivity Stay customer-centric
  • Faster & more effective solutions to problems
  • Increase ROI
  • Certificate issued by HKU
Our design thinking training included the most comprehensive Enterprise Design Thinking topics, which helps to accelerate leaders’ business and plan a customer-centric business strategy with different people’s objectives. ​​The course will also teach leaders how to adapt design thinking and problem-solving tools to address their challenges, optimise user experience and improve the quality in products, strategies, teams and working environmental aspects. Upon the completion of our design thinking training, participants will be awarded a certificate in Design Thinking.

What you will learn in our design thinking training

During the course, participants will come across different topics related to design thinking, such as creativity and innovation, how to produce new ideas, how to explore possibilities by brainstorming, etc. After finishing the course, participants should be able to… Apply creative thinking tools Figure out potential risks and opportunities Criticise the current situation and give advice from an innovative perspective Understand the principles and fundamental notion of design thinking


Initial Public Offering (IPO) Essentials

Programme Date(s)

3 days (7.5 hours per day)

Programme Fee


Medium of Instruction


Delivery Approach

Face-to-face (HKU Campuses)


Hong Kong continues to be one of the popular IPO (Initial Public Offering) markets in the world. A lot of Mainland Chinese and Hong Kong companies lining up for the IPOs. IPO is usually a lifetime experience for founders and C-levels. The process during an IPO involved a lot of professional parties from the capital market which is the first time the founders and C-levels to work with. It takes over years to prepare for an IPO. There are a lot of decision making involved during the IPO process. How to make sure the IPO process is smooth and effective?


  • Senior management: Chairman, CEO, CFO, COO, CIO, Managing Directors, Directors
  • Corporate Legal Counsel, Company Secretaries
  • Controlling shareholders and/or representatives of Family Offices
  • Professionals who work in financial organisations serving listed/ IPO-bound companies


After completing the course, participants will be able to understand thoroughly:

  • IPO and process overview
  • Reasons for a company to go public via an IPO
  • Other alternative like backdoor listing
  • Regulatory requirements and disclosures
  • Case studies of successful and struggling IPOs
  • Simulation exercise

A Certificate of Attendance will be presented to the participants who achieve 70% attendance.

All programmes are non-credit bearing.


Day 1:

  • The listing requirements of different stock exchanges
  • The pros and cons of IPO
  • Other alternatives instead of IPO
  • Backdoor listing
  • How to plan a listing?
  • The process of IPO
  • Rules and regulations of listing in Hong Kong

Day 2:

  • Accounting and taxation issues
  • Recruiting a strategic board
  • Corporate governance and internal control
  • The need for valuation
  • How to incorporate ESG into corporate strategy
  • Preparation of the prospectus
  • Underwriting arrangements
  • Building an equity story, research reports, and training prior to roadshow
  • Marketing the deals, sales and stabilisation

Day 3:

  • Critical issues during IPO
  • Common factors contributing to IPO failure
  • IPO case study
  • The challenges between the IPO founders and professional parties
  • Simulation exercise


In this 3-day programme, you will benefit from a rich learning experience with integrated faculty teaching, case studies, discussions, industry experts sharing and simulation exercises. You will understand the best practices and potential pitfalls when listing an IPO.


Mr. David S. LEE

Mr. David S. LEE

Principal Lecturer in Accounting and Law
BFin (AMPB) Deputy Programme Director and Admissions Tutor
HKU Business School

Mr. Lee teaches broadly in the areas of ethics, fintech, law, and corporate governance for the undergraduate, MBA, and other taught postgraduate degree programs. As a recipient of multiple teaching awards, he feels teaching is a wonderful privilege and enjoys being in the classroom and engaging with students. He develops case studies and teaching materials in the areas of corporate governance, decision-making, ethics, fintech, and leadership. He has received funding to explore how technology can be used to develop pedagogy and enhance learning.

Dr. Eva CHAN

Dr. Eva CHAN

Hong Kong Investor Relations Association

Dr. Chan has more than 30 years working experience as senior management of listed companies and in the capital market. She has successfully helped IPO companies listed in the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and has extensive experience for corporate restructuring activities. She is an Independent Non-executive director of companies listed in the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Dr. Chan graduated from the City University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting. She then received her MBA degree from the University of Nottingham. She also obtained a DBA degree from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She is a fellow member of HKCGI and The Chartered Governance Institute, as well as a fellow member of HKICPA and ACCA. She is also a certified Executive Coach.


Full programme fee:

HK$25,000 per participant





Early Bird


Registration has to be submitted before 17 Jul 2024.



Minimum of three participants from the same organisation registering for the programme.

HKU Alumni and Staff


Please indicate your alumni status in your registration, then we will advise and confirm on your eligibility.

*Only one type of discount can be applied per enrollment. The discount cannot be used in conjunction with other promotions, discounts or offers. In the event of a dispute, provision of the discount(s) is subject to the sole discretion and final decision of HKU Business School.


Mr. Adrian CHAN
Phone: +852 3962 1230

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