Global Innovation & Entrepreneurship Challenge
Tauranga, New Zealand 26 - 31 August 2018
Hosted by Waikato Management School
48 students, 12 universities, 3 business cases over 5 days – all in the stunning seaside location of Tauranga, Bay of Plenty. Waikato Management School is proud to be hosting the inaugural SDS Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship Challenge.
GIEC is part of the Groundswell Festival of Innovation, running from 27 August to 2 September, when Tauranga showcases the city’s innovative people and businesses. Involving students from 12 New Zealand and overseas universities, our business case challenge will add to the buzz.
GIEC pits 12 four-member student teams against each other and against the clock as they race to analyse a case study from a real New Zealand company and pull together a knockout presentation. Students will be exposed to the sort of pressure that management consultants regularly face. Working as a team, they will present their ideas in a boardroom setting to a panel of judges drawn from the business world, including representatives from each case company.
The four teams that make it through to the final will present not just to a panel but in front of the other teams and members of the local business community. Who will wear the inaugural GIEC crown?
We are pleased to welcome the following teams to the 2018 challenge: Auckland University of Technology, HEC Montréal, Lancaster University, Penn State University, Queensland University of Technology, Simon Fraser University, the University of Auckland, the University of Canterbury, the University of New South Wales, the University of Otago, the University of Waikato, Victoria University of Wellington.
Waikato Management School and the NZ Student Development Society would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support.
The event begins in Auckland on Sunday 26 August. Competition days are Monday 27 August, Wednesday 29 August, Thursday 30 August and Friday 31 August. On the Sunday, teams will be divided into four divisions, ready for the first case reveal on Monday morning.
On Monday and Wednesday, the start will be staggered with four teams given the case every 30 minutes. They have five hours to complete. On Monday and Wednesday afternoons, teams will present to business panels in boardrooms around the Tauranga CBD. Thursday’s the big one: teams will have 12 hours to work on that case and will present their findings and ideas on Friday morning.
Teams will be accommodated at the Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers in Mount Maunganui (fondly known as the Mount), a gorgeous resort town just 15 minutes from central Tauranga.
The hotel is positioned between two beaches and close to walking/running tracks up and around Mauao, the lava dome that rises above the town and gives it its name. We have negotiated discounted entry to the Mount Hot Pools, opposite the hotel.
From the Mount it’s an easy run over to Rotorua, teeming with tourist activities and the location for Tuesday’s group dinner at Tamaki Māori Village. Most social events will be held at the Mount.
See Bay of Plenty Tourism’s website for more info.
Tuesday 28 August is a rest day. You can hang out at the Mount and do your own thing, take the chance to ‘experience the magic’ of Hobbiton (Arrow Tours, $159 per person, includes entry fee) or take an action-packed tour of Rotorua, including a ride on the Skyline Gondola and Luge (Arrow Tours, $129 per person). Excursion costs are not covered by GIEC and will need to be paid direct to the tour company.
Please contact Tracey Lowndes from Waikato Management School before 17 August if you are interested in an excursion: email@example.com
The director of the 2018 Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship Challenge, Steve Bowden of Waikato Management School, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org, +64 27 389 4330.
John Guthrie, chair of the Student Development Society, is available at SDSchair@outlook.co.nz, +64 21 901747.
Tracey Lowndes, GIEC project manager, can be contacted at email@example.com, +64 27 428 9358.