How to apply

About HP and HBCUs

When a company’s culture enables you to belong, innovate, and grow, you’re inspired to bring your best ideas to the table every day. As part of our partnership with the National HBCU Business Deans Roundtable, HP’s business-case competition is one way we’re investing in students who are ready to step up and reinvent not only the business landscape, but mindsets, too.

The Challenge

Jumpstart your entry into the real world of business, before you even graduate. Put your brightest ideas to work by crafting a solution for an actual HP business problem, and you could not only win premium technology prizes, but help boost your budding career.1


See the HP HBCU Business Challenge Official Rules.

How to Compete

The Dean Teams

Business deans from National HBCU Business Deans Roundtable member institutions will select a small team of students — of any major — to represent their schools. These teams will submit their initial proposals for solving a real-life HP business challenge, with the top 5 teams advancing to the final round of virtual presentations to determine first, second and third places.

How to apply

6th Annual Challenge Winners

Sait Augustine’s University

Challenge Focus: The Future of Work


Team: Marbella A. C., Breanna D., Dean Van Sapp., Ashley W., Emmanuel B.


2nd Place Winner: South Carolina State University: Rejoice A., Selim B. A., Penelope F.

3rd Place Winner: Alabama State University: Raegan B., Devin C., Courtney C., Juan R., Cherish W.

5th Annual Challenge Winners

South Carolina State University

Challenge Focus: HP Immersive Technologies


Team: Dean Barbara Adams, Selim B. A., Keyanna R., Nasjay B., Jessica O., Jaevien A.


2nd Place Winners: Tuskegee University (Team: Allison J., Jeremy J., Jireh J., Joseph R.)

3rd Place Winners: Howard University (Team: Nile R., Camoy P., Colonel-Joshua H., Lorna C., Julian S.)

4th Annual Challenge Winners

Howard University

Challenge Focus: Personal Systems –Distance Learning and Mobility


Team: Asha A., Jovaine S., Chaney H., Nia B., Julian S. (Not pictured)


2nd Place Winners: Southern University Law Center (Team: Samantha B., Ebony C., Jessie D., Dominique M.)

3rd Place Winners: South Carolina State University (Team: Jaevien A., Selim B., Erin J.)

3rd Annual Challenge Winners

North Carolina Central University

Challenge Focus: Gaming Unforseen


Team: Ambrose B., Jacobia J., Daniel B., Hadeer S.


2nd Place: Delaware State University

3rd Place: Morgan State University

2nd Annual Challenge Winners

University of the Virgin Islands

Challenge Focus: Personal Systems: Industry Verticals for Commercial Transformation


Team: Orian S., Joash L., Jamilla C., Joevarny H., Gerald B.


2nd Place: North Carolina Central University

3rd Place: Medgar Evers College

1st Annual Challenge Winners

Delaware State University

Challenge Focus: Office Print Relevance.


Team: Justin T., Kyron B., Emma P. Nyla O., Nicolas H.


2nd Place: Tuskegee University

3rd Place: Harris-Stowe State University

Xavier University of Lousiana

Challenge Focus: Personal Systems Services Innovation.


Team: Janelle J., Alaina M., Cydnewy S.


2nd Place: Bethune-Cookman University

3rd Place: Albany State University

HP HBCU Business Challenge: The Road to Full - Time Position

Hear from one of HP's 1st Annual HBCU Business Challenge first place winners and his experience becoming a full time employee of HP.

1st Annual HP HBCU Business Challenge

In partnership with National HBCU Business Deans Roundtable, HP's HBCU business-case competition is one way we're investing in students who are ready to step up and reinvent not only the business landscape, but mindsets, too.

2nd Annual HP HBCU Business Challenge

Jumpstart your entry into the real world of business, before you even graduate. Listen to some of our great interns share their experience with the HBCU Challenge.

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  1. NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Entry submission period: 9:00:00 a.m. CDT, 8/31/2022 to 11:59:59 p.m. CDT, on 10/26/2022. Open only to groups of 3 and up to 5 eligible participants (“Team”). Each eligible participant of a Team must be a legal resident of and physically located in the 50 US/DC, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, the US Virgin Islands, Trinidad & Tobago, or Turks & Caicos; 18+ (19+ AL/NE); enrolled at the time of entry as a full-time student (undergraduate or graduate) at an eligible School (defined in Official Rules); planning to be enrolled as a full-time student in the Fall of 2023 at an accredited university or college; and in good academic standing at their School all at the time of entry. NOT OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. Void where prohibited. Team members must participate in the virtual presentations to be considered for a prize. Team may not add or substitute team members once a Team is registered. Entries will be judged. See official runes for entry details, prizes and judging criteria. Subject to full Official Rules. Sponsor: HP Inc., 1501 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304-1112.