Students are runners-up in national business challenge

The team

The team

A team of University of Portsmouth Business School students has come runner-up in the national final of the Universities Business Challenge, beating nearly 300 teams across the UK.

The challenge is a business simulation competition for university undergraduates to improve their knowledge of the business world, put theory into practice and develop their team-working, leadership and employability skills.

Hanna Buscher, Lea Stober, Louis Wagner, Vincent Jost and Lea Fuchs are all students on the European Business Programme, an international exchange degree.

The students make critical business decisions in the competition final

The students make critical business decisions in the competition final

Beginning in October each year, the students are tasked with improving the performance of a business, while working as management consultants in a series of realistic, simulated companies, making all the critical business decisions that affect the company’s performance.

Briony Boydell, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Strategy and Business Systems and the team’s mentor said: “I am beyond delighted that we came second and am so proud of the team for working so well together and sticking to a strategy. After round one they were in last place with an £8 million loss but they held their nerve, confident that their investments would pay off.”

The day was hosted by lead employer partner IBM at their offices on London’s South Bank and the students were awarded £500 prize money.

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