More than 1,600 secondary school students have put their business skills to the test during an eight-month young entrepreneur programme. In September, the Form Four to Form Six students on the 'Company Programme' formed their own mini-corporations to run as real companies. The programme ended last week as the leaders of six shortlisted companies competed for a range of awards during a presentation of their business results. It was organised by Junior Achievement Hong Kong, an NGO promoting entrepreneurship and sponsored by HSBC. More than 150 volunteers acted as advisers to guide students through a complete business cycle, from setting up to liquidating their companies, as well as sharing their professional experiences. In December, the 1,615 students from 75 schools held a trade fair near the HSBC headquarters in Central to sell their products to passers-by. Last Saturday, the Holy Trinity College team was named Student Company of the Year for its creative products and good governance. Starting with HK$5,000 raised from schoolmates and teachers, the 32 students generated a net profit of HK$8,000 selling ornaments made from bamboo steaming utensils. Winnie Yu Tsz-shan, 17, company chief executive, said she and her classmates had learnt that success depended on communication. 'Initially, we did not do quite well because of poor communication between departments,' she said. 'Later on, we set up an online forum for all staff to discuss their views.' Alice Qiu Wenjun, 18, from Diocesan Girls' School, won the Student CEO of the Year award. She said she had learnt that a good leader should know how to delegate. Ms Qiu gets to job-shadow HSBC Asia-Pacific chief Sandy Flockhart and global co-head of commercial banking Margaret Leung Ko May-yee for half a day each.