ASES & GUCS Business Case Competition

ASES & GUCS Business Case Competition

ASES & GUCS Business Case Competition 2018

ASES & GUCS Business Case Competition 2018

The Adam Smith Economics Society and the Glasgow University Consulting Society, and the Adam Smith Business School hosted the third annual Business Case Competition on 9 February 2018. Business School students competed against each other to find the best solution to a real-life business case for a Scottish start-up.

The case came from a company called Motovate, a Scottish based company with a development centre in Serbia. The teams were tasked to determine how Motovate could best develop new territories for its Healthcare jobs app which links health professionals and healthcare providers in terms of employment.

Eight teams of four students put together a strategy and presented their solutions throughout the day to a panel of judges at various locations on the University of Glasgow campus. Final presentations were staged in the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow’s West End where the audience also had the opportunity to vote on Best Speaker. The winning team, Carpe Noctem, now have the opportunity to travel to the Copenhagen Business School competition.

Motovate’s CEO, Kenny Maclean, acted as a judge and was impressed with each team’s ideas and suggestions. Industry professionals were also present from Mind Mate, the Boston Consulting Group, Made Brave and Cazenove Capital.
After the winning team was announced there was a networking drinks reception, and a three course dinner for students, judges, alumni and business representatives.

The event aims to increase students’ employability skills by giving them the experience of presenting professionally, and the chance to network and engage with alumni and representatives from the world of business.

Judges included Margaret Milner, ex-Director of UG Studies; Andrew Mclean from Esure; Chris O’Shea from Smiths Group; Laura Ward from Barclays; Dr Ramona Blanes International Business and Services lecturer; Diane Morton from Morgan Stanley; Marc O’Brien from Capco; Alec Pearson, PSP lead; Yvonne Greene from NatWest and Chris O’Shea from the Smith Group. There were also many alumni present from Cisco, SwarmOnline and Heineken among others.

The winners

Business Case Winners 2018

1st Place: Team Carpe Noctem
2nd Place: Team Aurum Consulting
3rd Place: Team Navigator

Well done to all our students who took part in this competition and thank you to our judges, sponsors, and to the student organisers for organising an outstanding event.

Photography by the University of Glasgow Photographic Unit. Video from FoSho Video.

2017 Business Case Competition

ASES & GUCS Business Case Competition 2017

ASES & GUCS Business Case Competition 2017

The Adam Smith Economics Society (ASES) and the Glasgow University Consulting Society (GUCS) recently held the second annual Business Case Competition at the Adam Smith Business School on Friday 10 February 2017.

From 160 applicants eight teams were selected to analyse a case study, prepared by Karol Yearwood, on fictional yacht manufacturer, Luxuria. During the morning, the eight teams had a total of three hours to analyse the case study and prepare a 15-minute proposal for a panel of judges. From this, only four teams were selected to present their proposal to an audience at the Hilton Grosvenor Hotel.

In a highly niche yachting industry and in order to stay competitive, boat building companies need to generate sufficient profitability to invest in research for future designs. The teams’ objective was to provide the Luxuria Board Members with advice and suggestions based on a variety of issues that have arisen for the company. This included looking at risk mitigation strategies and producing a five-year future sales strategy that would promote growth for Luxuria.

Opening the finals at the Hilton Grosvenor Hotel, Professor John Finch, Head of School at the Adam Smith Business School, congratulated the student societies for organising such an inspiring event before inviting the first team to present. Before the winners were announced, Dr Dickon Copsey, College Employability Officer, congratulated all participants and commented that the students ‘employability skills were first class’, ‘teamwork was phenomenal’ and that he was amazed in what our students had achieved in such a short space of time, praising their persuading and influencing skills and their time management.

The judging panel for this year’s Business Case Competition included Margaret Milner, Head Judge from the Adam Smith Business School; Karol Yearwood, Head Judge and former coordinator for the ASES & GUCS Business Case Competition; Ramona Blanes, Graduate Teaching Assistant at the Adam Smith Business School; Jordon Paton from EY; Susan Patterson from Morgan & Stanley; Chimwemwe Kadzudwa from JP Morgan; Matthew Harrison from Deloitte; and Andrew McQueen from CAPCO. The event was coordinated by Laura Ward, President of GUCS; Luke Coffey, President of ASES; and Kayla Andrews, Vice President of ASES.

The event was a huge success that was student led and student relevant. It was a fantastic opportunity for our students to showcase their business skills and show the audience why they are going to be tomorrow’s movers and shakers.

The winners

ASES & GUCS Business Case Competition 2017

1st Place: Veritas – Qing Wang, Mauro Dellisanti, Hana Vesela, and Lorinc Kovacs;
2nd Place: The Visible Hand – Caitlin Ford, Laura Lopez-Mingo, Marin Fauvel, and Alexandre Martinod;
3rd Place: KMSM Innovation – Claire Martson, Camilla Kjaer, Axel Sander, and James Mitchell;
4th Place: Invictus – Dominykas Malakauskas, Yael De la Cruz Balboa, Krystel Grunauer, and Noemie Gauthier.

Well done to all our students who took part in this competition and thank you to our judges, sponsors, and to Laura, Luke and Kayla for organising an outstanding event.

Photography by Andrew Ho Creation and the University of Glasgow Photographic Unit.


2016 Business Case Competition

First ever UofG Business Case Competition

ASBS students from the Adam Smith Economics Society (ASES) and Glasgow University Consulting Society (GUCS) organised the first ever internal Business Case Competition for University of Glasgow students on Friday, 5 February 2016. 

Eight teams competed in the competition and were given just four hours to solve a business case and make recommendations in a team presentation to the judging panel. The judges included Zy Wernham, Graduate Management Trainee, HSBC; Thomas Georgiou, Associate Consultant, Capco; Samantha Fraser, Analyst in Corporate Finance & Business Resilience, EY; Susan Peterson, Senior Manager, Morgan Stanley; Robbie Duff, Manager at Operational Excellence, Deloitte. Representing the Adam Smith Business School were Margaret Milner, Director of Undergraduate Studies; and Dr Stephan von Delft, Management Lecturer in Strategy.

Professor Denis Fischbacher-Smith opened the event and Dr Dickon Copsey, College Employability Officer, gave a speech about the tremendous value that competing in a case competition brings to enhancing the student experience.

The winners

  • 1st place: Team EJBK - Katerina Tlachova, Jaromir Sida, Borys Mandrela, Eliska Mazanova
  • 2nd place: Team Limitless - Camilla Bohn Ebert, Mustafa Baquiri, Mateusz Del Percio and Laura Lopez
  • 3rd place: Team KKTL - Kayla Andrews, Luke Coffey, Tomas Kessl and Katarzyna (Kasia) Grzeszczyk
  • 4th place: Team Aposthra - Petre Vincent, Mathilde Crespin, Bendik Ahlqvist, Corien Staels (who took the prize for best presenter).

Well done to all students who took part in this competition. The Adam Smith Business School hope to make this an annual event in our calendar.

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