UC students prepare for National Business Competition
12 April 2018
Last weekend UC Centre for Entrepreneurship (UCE) hosted a head to head case competition between The University of Canterbury and The University of Auckland, providing the perfect preparation for the national SDS Case Competition this coming weekend.
Last weekend, the UC team consisted of Devanshi Gandhi (Bachelor of Commerce), Jared McNicoll (Bachelor of Commerce), Thomas Reid (Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws) and Josh Winter (Bachelor of Commerce). The teams had 5 hours to strategise, analyse and consider the implications of a case which involved improving the profit performance and market cap of an online marketplace in India. Within the 5 hours the teams prepared a 10 minute presentation. The presentation was followed by 10 minutes of questioning from a judging panel. The panel included Logan Anderson, a consultant from Deloitte.
In Devanshi’s words the UC team ‘put up a tough fight’, defining the core of the case well and considering Indian culture and company values in their strategy. Auckland took the victory, providing some very in-depth analysis.
The UC team will head to Dunedin this coming weekend to compete nationally against numerous Universities in the first round of the SDS (Student Development Society) Case Competition.
First launched in 2010, the SDS Competition is an annual series of national business case competitions culminating in a weeklong international case competition event developed by the Student Development Society (SDS). The weekend’s head to head, the SDS competitions along with UC based competition and workshops make up the UCE Deloitte Business Case Competition Programme.
Supported by the Council of Deans, SDS is a unique collaboration between six New Zealand universities - Victoria, Auckland, AUT, Waikato, Canterbury and Otago. With financial and human resources from these universities, SDS provides invaluable opportunities for students.
We thank Deloitte for it’s support of UCE, The University of Auckland for travelling to compete in the head to head and we wish the UC team all the best this weekend.
Engaging in the UCE Deloitte Business Case Competition Programme is a highly rewarding experience. You will build your confidence, hone your analytical thinking and become a polished presenter creating a point of difference for your future employers and expanding your professional network. Students also receive fully funded travel around New Zealand and Internationally.
If you’re interested in participating in one of these competitions contact James Carr.