2021 Global Scaling Challenge
Grand Prizes - Top Scored Teams Overall
Indiana University Group #1
UNM Group #2
(Split Four Ways)
Stevens Group #2
Johannes Kepler University Group #1
2021 Student Teams
17 International Student Teams
2021 Top Prize Winners
Global Scaling Challenge
The Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico invites schools, faculty/mentors, and students to participate in the Global Scaling Challenge. The Challenge offers participating teams and mentors a unique opportunity to understand and solve complex scaling needs and challenges that firms face operating in a highly diverse environment. These are real firms and the expert-led student teams will be presenting their ideas to these firms and judges in a live internet-based format.
The competition will challenge student teams and mentors to comprehend complex scaling challenges/needs of ‘live’ entrepreneurial small firms and design strategies for their short-term and long-term growth. The Challenge allows the mentored student teams to assess the practical relevance of their learning and knowledge in a new and highly diverse operating environment. The Challenge also invites entrepreneurial firms, with high growth aspirations seeking to position their firms for future growth, to apply for the competition.
Given the tremendous response to the Challenge from schools, mentors, and student teams from around the world, participating firms will receive innovative advice from a highly talented and diverse pool of students, faculty, and mentors. We also invite faculty, experts, entrepreneurs, and community leaders to serve as judges for the Challenge. The Challenge features over $5,000 in awards and recognition for participating teams.
Please complete the appropriate application if you are interested in participating in the competition.
What is the Global Scaling Challenge?
The UNM Anderson School of Management Global Scaling Challenge will feature three innovative businesses seeking assistance to respond to a 21st Century biological problem. Selected companies seek immediate help with their strategic direction and have requested as "many eyes" as they can get. Current firm applicants include businesses developing medical instrumentation, COVID virus prevention and elimination, vaccine generation and invasive species removal. Mentored student teams will have the opportunity to virtually work directly on these real-world firm challenges and help companies with their strategic efforts in the form of a presentation to the founders and a panel of expert judges.
Why is the Global Scaling Challenge different from other business case competitions?
Unlike other case competitions, student team presentations will be made of and to "real" firms in a "live" setting. The expert-led student teams will benefit from working with company executives and founders on current problems they face. Participating firms benefit from new perspectives on the current business challenges they face with innovative scaling directions.
Who can apply to the Global Scaling Challenge?
The Global Scaling Challenge is open to any international student teams. For best results, teams should apply before April 7th: STUDENT REGISTRATION
Local and International Businesses can apply with their firm scaling case involving a 21st Century biological problem before April 1st: BUSINESS REGISTRATION
When are the important dates and deadlines?
April 1st: Deadline for firms to submit their scaling case
April 7th: Deadline for student team applications
April 15th: Business case briefs sent to student team
Event & Final Presentations
April 22nd - 24th: Virtual Global Scaling Challenge
How does the Global Scaling Challenge work?
This Challenge is compatible with today's COVID-induced "Low Touch Environment." The Challenge will utilize virtual conferencing technology to ensure COVID-safe practices. Your teams will present to each firm and judging panel in real-time from your location. Each presentation will feature an interactive portion with the judging Panel and participating firms.
The Challenge consists of three rounds of virtual presentations to firms and judging panels. Prior to the competition, each approved student team and their mentor will receive case material (e.g., video of the firm along with document highlighting important issues). The teams will also receive an information worksheet from Boston Analytics, an artificial intelligence-based firm, that they can utilize for their presentations. Each team will utilize the shared case material, do their research to analyze the firm, and recommend implementable strategies for the firm’s short-term and long-term growth. A panel of distinguished judges, that will include the top management of participating firms, will select the winning team. The judges will assess each team’s understanding of the firm and important issues, the quality of analysis, and the practical relevance of innovative recommended solutions.
Global Scaling Challenge
Dr. Steven Walsh
Dr. Walsh received his Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1995 and joined the faculty at UNM in 1998.
Dr. Raj Mahto
Department Chair: Finance & Innovation
Dr. Mahto received his Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the University of Memphis in 2006 and joined the faculty at UNM in 2008.
Yorgos Marinakis, Ph.D.
Dr. Marinakis is the first professor from the Anderson School of Management to have a joint appointment with a National Laboratory. He is the first UNM professor to have a joint appointment with Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Global Scaling Challenge
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