The Grand Finals of Cerebration 2007, our semi-finalists, and the results of the penultimate round of the global business case competition.
After months of countless hours of hard work, perspiration and a frenzy of activity, the sun finally dawned on the day of the Grand Finals of Cerebration 2007. The venue aptly chosen for the finalé was the Grand Copthorne Waterfront hotel on the banks of the Singapore river. Historically, Singapore grew around the river so the river became a centre of trade, commerce and finance. Cerebration 2007, with participation from 560+ universities from all continents (barring Antarctica), cannot be any less historic.
Cerebration, hosted by the National University of Singapore’s Business School, is one of the premier business plan competitions in the world. The case sponsors for this year’s event were ThaiExpress, Ron Kaufman’s Up Your Service! College and OSIM. The semi-finalists were the teams from Texas A&M University, Rotterdam School of Management, INSEAD, NUS Business School, Rice University and MIT Sloan. After the semi-finals, all but the teams from MIT Sloan and Texas A&M University managed to secure a place in the ultimate round of the competition.
NUS MBA student Srikanth from the winning team of the i2I IIM Calcutta business plan competition shares about the competition and coming in first place.
Considered one of the biggest business plan competitions in India, idea to Implementation (i2I) is one of the show piece events of IIM Calcutta, and this year was no different. A slew of activities was lined up. In addition to the business plan contest, there were guest talks and workshops conducted by distinguished people from the industry.
The business plan contest attracted 238 executive summaries. Out of these, 40 executive summaries were selected and teams were asked to send their complete business plan. 6business plans were shortlisted and the teams were asked to present their plans on the IIM Calcutta campus.