Fall was a winning season at UNC Kenan-Flagler. Students competed at the highest levels in a variety of challenges to bring home top honors.
National University of Singapore Cerebration
National University of Singapore Business School students organized Cerebration, the world’s largest business case competition in which teams propose innovative, implementable and scalable solutions to real business challenges faced by case sponsors.
UNC Kenan-Flagler’s team of three MBAs from the Class of 2015 won with their impressive proposal for the challenge posed by Daimler Financial Services. Beating out more than 650 international teams, including Duke, they took home first place and 10,000 Singapore dollars (about $8,000 U.S.).
Deloitte UNC-Duke Case Competition
The Deloitte Case Competition takes place in three rounds: An internal round between teams at UNC Kenan-Flagler, an external round pitting the top eight teams from the first round against the top eight teams from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, and a final national competition between 15 top business schools.
Each round is a 24-hour event in which teams analyze a business challenge faced by a real company. Teams have 12 hours to identify and analyze the problem, develop and assess solutions, and conduct research to support solutions. They present their findings and recommendations to a judging panel of Deloitte executives and MBA program faculty.
UNC Kenan-Flagler teams placed first and fourth in the competition against Duke. The first place team of MBAs from the Class of 2015 won a prize of $1,250 and brought the trophy back to UNC. They will compete in the national competition in early 2014.
Carolina Challenge Pitch Party
Part of Global Entrepreneurship Week at UNC, the Carolina Challenge Pitch Party hosts teams led by at least one UNC student, faculty or staff member. Teams have three minutes to pitch to the crowd, including 100 judges who each cast five votes. Three teams pitch simultaneously, meaning they must compete with other teams for the attention of the judges.
UNC Kenan-Flagler students led all top three teams among the 48 startups. Let’s Chip In took home first place, a $1,000 prize and early exposure among judges for the Carolina Challenge competition to be held this spring. Aether Entertainment, a company using drone technology to capture HD aerial photography and video, won second place. Buzz Rides, a free and sustainable transportation service for students that also offers marketing opportunities for businesses to target the college demographic, won third.
Triangle Startup Weekend
The event, held in Chapel Hill, brings together passionate individuals with unique skills sets and experiences, challenging them to turn their entrepreneurial ideas into reality over the course of a weekend which culminates with a pitch competition.
Let’s Chip In, headed by UNC Kenan-Flagler students, won first place for its gift crowdfunding platform. Within 48 hours, the team developed Let’s Chip In, tested it with potential customers and attracted its first paying customers. They received a package of consulting and web services, and space in Chapel Hill incubator 1789.
Bank of America Campus Challenge
In this virtual case conference sponsored by Bank of America (BofA), teams present solutions to real-world technology and business challenges associated with the financial services industry. BofA technology executives develop the challenges and their employees act as mentors and judges throughout the competition.
UNC Kenan-Flagler’s team of eight MBAs from the Class of 2014 won second place, taking home $2,500 each.
Ohio State University & The Wall Street Journal Biz Quiz
The Biz Quiz challenges undergraduate student teams on their knowledge of hot topics and issues in The Wall Street Journal. Students compete in rounds of oral quizzes, as well as rounds of written questions throughout the event.
A team of UNC Kenan-Flagler undergraduate students won second place in the written quiz competition.