Florida wins 10th annual Champions Trophy

08 February 2017

An impressive presentation on the growth strategy for cancer detection app SkinVision helped business students from the University of Florida take home the Champions Trophy Case Competition 2017.

The team was one of 12 from universities around the world, who were tested on all aspects of their business knowledge during four days of tight competition, with the final round on Saturday 4 February. This year marks the competition’s 10th anniversary.

Students were given just hours to solve real business problems for a mix of New Zealand companies, including New Zealand Rugby and Air New Zealand.

The standard of presentations was high and after the first two preliminary rounds, all teams were still firmly in the running for top spot, says Event Director Olivia Flack.

The University of Auckland team – Micah Hill-Smith, Jenny Liu, Jono Chisholm and Isabel Kelly – placed second in their division on Wednesday and Thursday, and third on Friday, meaning they did not make the final.

The winning team, from the Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida, were Simone Benscher, Connor Boles, Mateo Galvis and Amanda Rorabaugh.

More than 50 industry leaders from across the New Zealand business community – including chief executives, chief financial officers and senior partners – came in to judge and assist with the competition.

The New Zealand Rugby judging panel included Todd Barberel (Head of Brand, Marketing and Commercial Development), Andrew Norman (Commercial Projects and Analysis Manager) and Janna James (Marketing Manager).

The Air New Zealand judging panel included Rob McDonald (CFO), Stephen Jones (Chief Strategy, Networks and Alliances Officer) and Jodie King (Chief People Officer).

In the final round, judges included Elizabeth Vincent (SkinVision New Zealand Manager), Jonathan Mason (Independent Director) and Sarah Kennedy (CEO of Lifestream).

The Champions Trophy is part of the Case Programme, a highly prestigious programme that takes students around the globe on business case competitions.

During their week in Auckland, teams also got a taste of Kiwi culture at events off campus, such as a Waiheke beach day, a bowls night and an adventure afternoon that included a bungy jumping off the Harbour Bridge.

For more information about the Champions Trophy, visit the Business School website.

Full results

  1. University of Florida
  2. University of North Carolina
  3. University of Southern California

People’s choice: University of North Carolina


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