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ANU team off to finals for IIBD Case Competition

ANU team off to finals for IIBD Case Competition

9 October 2017

A team of three ANU students have been selected as finalists in the 2017 International Institute for Business Development (IIBD) International Case Competition.

Students Jess Wat (Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics), Charlotte Wong (Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Commerce) and Dan Trevanion (Masters of Legal Practice) will compete in the finals in Hong Kong in November.

The team initially came together when they competed in the ANU round of the Uber Launch Challenge earlier this year, and then decided to continue working as a team to participate in the IIBD Case Competition.

In order to progress to the finals of the IIBD Case Competition, the team had to put together a case submission advising on the business direction for a not-for-profit start-up.

“We received the case instructions in June with ten days to submit a case analysis report,” said Jess.

Preparing their submission proved quite a challenge, as the case was released during university holidays when Charlotte was based in Sydney, Jess in Melbourne and Dan in Canberra. However, they managed to pull their submission together via email and group chats on social media, and in September they received notification that they had made the finals.

“The announcement came to us as a welcome surprise and we all feel quite chuffed to be one of five teams selected from around the world to take place in the final and to be representing the ANU in Hong Kong,” said Jess.

“It will be a great experience getting to present our ideas to the panellists in Hong Kong. The final also contains a blind question, which we will have only six hours to break down and present to a panel, and we see that as a unique challenge. We are excited to face it head on, to represent the ANU, and of course, to travel to Hong Kong together,” said Charlotte.

“The experience has definitely opened our eyes to new opportunities and shown us the transferrable skill set we have learnt at ANU. We all have different degree backgrounds and this competition has really illustrated how different perspectives assist in crafting a solution to the same problem. We believe case competitions are a great way of putting what we have learnt at uni into practice in a ‘real world’ environment,” said Dan.

Associate Professor Vinh Lu, Director of Engaged Learning at the ANU College of Business and Economics said it’s great to see ANU students participating in international competitions like the IIBD Case Competition.

“This competition was a great opportunity for the team to polish their skills in analysis and problem solving, and as a result of their efforts they now get to travel to Hong Kong to compete in the finals against teams from Ateneo De Manila University, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Hong Kong Baptist University, and Singapore Management University.

“On behalf of CBE and ANU, I wish the team the best of luck for the IIBD Case Competition finals in November,” he said.

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Updated:   9 October 2017 / Responsible Officer:  CBE Communications and Outreach / Page Contact:  College Web Team