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.

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