National SDS Case Competition Round 1

18 April 2018

Last weekend a team of University of Canterbury students travelled to Dunedin to compete against numerous Universities in the first round of the 2018 SDS (Student Development Society) Case Competition.

  • SDS Case Competition Round 1 2018

    UC Team at the National SDS Business Case Competition in Dunedin (from left to right): Josh Winter (Bachelor of Commerce), Jared McNicoll (Bachelor of Commerce), Devanshi Gandhi (Bachelor of Commerce) and Thomas Reid (Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws).

As part of the UCE Deloitte Business Case Competition Programme, the University of Canterbury Centre for Entrepreneurship sent a team to Dunedin last weekend to compete in a national SDS Business Case Competition. 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), were competing at their first SDS competition and represented UC well.

Starting from 8.15am each team had 5 hours to ‘crack’ a business case looking into growth strategies and ensuring ongoing market presence for a New Zealand family cheese company, Evensdale Cheese.

The UC team proposed a strategy targeting high-end restaurants to fuel revenue growth. They also developed solutions to address waste-stream issues, enabling the company to repurpose their water usage and help them offset their carbon footprint.

The other teams competing were the University of Auckland, University of Otago, Victoria University, University of Waikato, and Auckland University of Technology.

In the final hour, teams got to meet the founders of Evansdale Cheese, who insisted on getting cheese samples to all students.

‘The SDS Competitions are great for the CV, so much fun and a good chance to compete against other universities to see what other teams came up with. We even got free cheese which was nice.’ said McNicoll.

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 UC students participate in a number of competitions and workshops that make up the UCE Deloitte Business Case Competition Programme.

Professor Collins, the UC Case Competition Coach emphasises that ‘taking part in SDS allows highly motivated UC students to engage in friendly competition with other top students from across NZ. Students develop professional skills and grow their professional networks by participating in SDS.’

This Programme is one of the best ways for students to kick-start their career in consulting and professional services. For more information click here.

If you’re interested in participating in one of these competitions contact James Carr.



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