SDS Business Case Competition Round Two

15 May 2018

A successful weekend for the University of Canterbury team, placing runners-up at the second round of the 2018 Student Development Society (SDS) Case Competition in Auckland.

  • UCE SDS Round 2 2018

    UCE team (left to right): Jordan Mills, Lauren Dennehy, Nic Steyn and Will Chambers, placing runners-up at the second round of the 2018 Student Development Society (SDS) Case Competition in Auckland.

Last weekend, with the support of Deloitte, the University of Canterbury Centre for Entrepreneurship (UCE) sent a team to compete in the second round of the SDS National Business Case Competition. The competition was hosted by Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and also featured teams from the University of Auckland, University of Waikato, Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Otago.

The University of Canterbury was represented by a team of Lauren Dennehy (Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Criminal Justice), Nic Steyn (Bachelor of Science), Jordan Mills (Bachelor of Commerce) and Will Chambers (Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce). It was a successful outing for the UC team who placed 2nd out of the six teams, narrowly beaten by AUT who took out the competition. The team selection and training are part of the UCE Deloitte Business Case Competition programme.

Teams were given five hours to evaluate the proposal of an online marketplace for Bunnings Warehouse, as well as any other ideas for the future of the company. The teams had ten minutes to present their strategies. After which they fielded questions from a panel of judges, including Jacqui Coombes, the General Manager for Bunnings New Zealand.

The UC team proposed a detailed strategy for an online marketplace which featured same-day delivery and an interactive home renovation tool. They also put forward the proposal for an acquisition of Carters chain of building supplies stores. Both strategies were well-received by the judging panel.

The SDS Competition is a series of inter-university business case competitions culminating in the week-long International Case Competition which features teams from as far as Canada, Singapore and Norway.

As part of the UCE Deloitte Business Case Competition Programme UC students participate in a number of competitions and workshops. In the lead-up to this most recent competition, the UC team received mentoring from a senior consultant at Deloitte on how to deliver effective business presentations.

Professor Jamie 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’.

The Programme is one of the best ways for students to kick-start their career in consulting and professional services and helps develop the critical skills of problem-solving, teamwork and presentation.

For more information about the UCE Deloitte Business Case Competition Programme click here.

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