This week, 6 IMBA students from the September 2017 intake will represent the School in an International Case Competition that englobes more than 25 top Business Schools around the Globe.

Vimbai Chamboko, Ryan Harrington, Matías Mehech, Sonia Sahni, Sergio Sánchez and Felix Schuchter are currently doing their Lab Period and will travel to New York to participate in the 8th edition of the MBA ODYSSEY on the 23 and 24 of March.

When asked what the competition consists of, Vimbai said “The competition consists of two rounds: Stage 1 is the qualifier stage, in which four-member teams participate in a challenging online business game – our initial team excelled at this and put us through to the second and final stage. Six-member teams participate in the final stage which consists of three rounds: an entrepreneurial pitch, a negotiation exercise and a sales and marketing pitch”. She also highlighted that “It is also an opportunity for MBA students to learn from global leaders about entrepreneurship and network.”

The journey to the MBA ODYSSEY started when Sergio found a brochure of the competition on LinkedIn “inviting students from the best business schools of the world.” As he thought it could be a very interesting experience, he invited some of his peers to form a team and prepare to compete. This team was thought on diversity, skills and high performance. Thus, Matías explained “Each of us plays a role in our area of expertise, creating a team with a strong backbone of financial experience, together with deep understanding in project management, supply chain and sales. Also, we looked for a team that had entrepreneurial experience. As common ground for everyone, we chose to have a team with confident pitching and communication skills.”

Competitions like this one allows students to implement the concepts taught so far. In this sense, Felix considers it “the perfect opportunity for us to put what we’ve learned over the last months, in and outside of the classroom, to the ultimate test. This is exactly the sort of challenge I sought and that will help me further deepen my understanding of practical applications of the MBA toolkit, but also to show that as a team we can deliver and stand out amongst the competition!” In addition, he states that synergy is key ingredient to combine theory, practice and the experience with peers from all the world: “An added bonus of international competitions such as this one is the opportunity to mingle with business leaders and representatives from other schools. Meeting new interesting people in a stimulating environment, we will certainly make some great new connections and strengthen our international outlook.”

As to what it means for them to represent the School, Ryan says: “It’s an honor to represent IE at an international competition like MBA ODYSSEY and compete against some of the best business schools in the world. I am very proud of the team we formulated and feel like our truly diverse backgrounds (representing 5 continents) gives us the potential to not only represent IE well, but to win.” Furthermore, he feels excited to represent IE as an ambassador in North America: “I am firm believer in international exposure and believe our greatest strength is our diversity.” He finally states: “I can’t wait to show why IE is not your ordinary elite business school.”

Congratulations to the team and best of luck!

Written by Inés Bescos Vera, current IMBA student