Business students take first place in international competition

Thu, Apr 13, 2017

By Tatiana Tomljanovic

KPU business students are not only competing on the international stage—they’re winning.

Recently, three business students from Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) travelled to the United States to compete in the Conference Management Information Systems (CoMIS) at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

KPU took home first place and bragging rights.

With 19 teams from 3 different continents, the CoMIS offer students around the globe the opportunity to demonstrate to a panel of judges real world solutions to real world challenges.

“The hunger and commitment to hard work and continuous personal development I see in these students is humbling,” said Carlos Calao, business instructor and chair of the entrepreneurial leadership program. “We’re proud of what these young professionals have accomplished while showcasing KPU’s tradition of strong performance in global case competitions.”

Sequestered in a hotel room for 24 hours and only allowed out under escort, the teams were assigned a client and business challenge. Putting their business acumen to the test, KPU entrepreneurial leadership students Eddie Jin, Taylor Todd and James Macvey presented their information technology based solution to a panel of judges.

“I will never forget the collaboration with my teammates during the 24-hour deliberation period; a few months ago, we were strangers, but now we are an inseparable team,” said Jin. “We won the competition because we came to focus on the case immediately and were able to use the hands on experience that we acquired at KPU for our strategy and solution.”

The entrepreneurial leadership program prepares students to identify and provide strategic recommendations dealing with cross functional areas of business including: marketing, human resources, operations, strategy, management information systems, and finance within an experiential learning framework.

“We performed as well as we did because of our faculty,” said Todd. “They held us accountable every week and consistently challenged the way we thought and presented material.”

Macvey added, “I am very proud of what our team accomplished in Minnesota. We trained hard to get to where we are today. It's been a transformative experience.”

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