If one were to tell you that the MBA World Trophy was to be held over three days from May 16th – May 18th, you could be forgiven for believing it was a major American sports event. And you’d be half right; it is indeed a major event, though sports don’t play a part. In fact you’d be 75% correct given that it’s an American sponsored event.
Rather, the three day compendium of events – which will take place in Dublin – is aiming to help college and university start-ups by way of emphasising the importance of business plans. Their ideas will be challenged by a leading panel of successful entrepreneurs, judges and, ‘thought leaders’. Over the course of the event, four key areas will be addressed in a bid to accelerate the best businesses; finance, innovation, growth and leadership.
There are multiple prizes which entrants have the potential to win, including: $10,000 and the MBA World Trophy, $2,500 for the best lean startup, $2,500 for the most impactful ideas and $2.500 for the best pitch.
While the list of judges is as yet unavailable, their website promises that global technology leaders from organisations such as Google, Microsoft, Twitter and Facebook will all be present. As with all of such meet and greet workshop/competition type events, tickets aren’t cheap. Having said that, if you’re part of a team of four people €2,500will cover you all and it may be worth investigating if your university will contribute towards the price. While accommodation isn’t provided in this, transport to and from the events, as well as food, entry and the opportunity to present are.
There’s plenty more information on the MBA website and the hints given about who some of the speakers may be, indicate this really is a must for anyone involved in startups in colleges across the country.
Sung aloud by Ethan Loughrey
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