Santa Clara University

Food & Agribusiness Institute

MBA Annual IFAMA Competition

 

 
 

SCU Brings Home Second Place at IFAMA 2014

This summer, five MBA students had the opportunity to travel to Capetown, South Africa, to compete in the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association’s (IFAMA) Annual Case Study Competition. The conference focused on the potential of African Agribusiness, in which each team got the same case and had to read, analyze, make a recommendation, and present their analysis to a panel of judges. There were a total of over 20 teams from all over the world, and Santa Clara brought home second place!

Courtney Robinson, a teammate for the competition in Capetown, expresses “this experience really brought us together as a team. I no longer think of these individuals as my teammates or even MBA classmates, but rather as some of my best friends—not only did we do an awesome job analyzing a case and recommending some creative and innovative business solutions, we created relationships with each other that will last a very long time. I have learned so much from these amazing individuals, and look forward to seeing the incredible things they continue to pursue and achieve in their futures”.

The students were able to meet some important individuals throughout the industry, attend seminars on pressing agribusiness issues and connect with people from all over the world. The unique opportunities the team is exposed to are unbounded. This year, the case study competition will take place in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Food and Agribusiness Institute is thrilled to put together another team for this event, and continue the relationship building experience that IFAMA offers all its participants.

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SCU Students Headed to South Africa to Compete

In a mere four months, five Santa Clara University students will be off to Cape Town, South Africa, to compete in the 2014 International Food and Agribusiness Management Association’s Case Study Competition.

Last year, twenty-two teams from around the world were given two rounds of competition to make it to the top, and Santa Clara University’s team made number one. It goes unsaid that the team this year hopes to accomplish as much as the 2013 team, and will be practicing quite frequently until the day they fly out.

“We are going to put our best foot forward, and practice as much as necessary until we feel we are prepared to tackle whatever cases come our way” says Jennifer Visscher, current team member.

The team consists of five current Master’s of Business Administration students, each with different areas of expertise, including: Courtney Robinson, Jennifer Visscher, Michael Billikopf (who was also on the team last year in Atlanta, GA), Rudy Siwy and Quentin Topping

The competition this year will be focused on African agribusiness challenges. The team is very excited to delve into research and familiarize themselves with this area of agribusiness. All five students are looking forward to meeting and networking with teams from all around the world in the hopes of providing businesspeople everywhere a different perspective on the current issues at hand.

 

SCU Students Take First Place at IFAMA Case Competition!

Congratulations to Alvin Chen, Tina Cosentino, Ngoc Dao, Michael Billikopf, and Zach Wise for taking First Place in the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association’s Annual Case Study Competition! The team, who are all SCU MBA students, traveled to Atlanta, Georgia in June to compete in the competition.

The IFAMA International Student Case Competition is one of many features of the IFAMA annual world conference. The Competition provides an opportunity for MBA students to participate in a simulated analysis of a business management problem. The students have a chance to apply their MBA skills and education while networking with like-minded students and businesspeople. The competition requires the students to know the strengths and weaknesses of their team members and requires independent thinking as well as teamwork and collaboration.

The 2013 Competition brought together students from a number of different countries, providing participants with a diverse and enriching experience. The 22 teams worked for four hours on the first case, digesting the case, developing a creative and practical solution, and building a presentation that accurately communicated their analysis and recommendations. A panel of judges deliberated over the different solutions and narrowed the pool down to four finalist.

The final four teams included Santa Clara, University of Hawaii, Wageningen University, and Nanjing University. The top four teams proceeded to the second round and completed another case study analysis. The Santa Clara team triumphed in the second round and took home First Place! FAI is thrilled by the efforts of the SCU IFAMA team and is excited to see what else the bright students will do in the future, both at Santa Clara and beyond!

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Check out what the students had to say after the competition: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEOlsQzhGbE

To visit the IFAMA website to learn more, please click here.

 

 
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