The winning team, Team Lotus’ Afrizal Aizat (extreme left), Ngan Kah Ling (centre), Wong Jing Mun, Rachel (2nd from right) and Tan Ka Yen, Madeline (extreme right) with their lecturer Shannon Jann Ng (2nd from left).
Winning team walked away with RM2,000 cash and a chance to work with Maybank
Sunway City, 15 November 2011 – The recent Sunway BIS-Maybank MoneyTree Ideas eXchange (MIX) hosted by the Sunway Business and Investment Society (BIS), a student society and sponsored by Maybank, saw teams of budding entrepreneurial students pitch business solutions to real-life business challenges to a panel of judges in 3.5 minutes.
Initiated and organised by MoneyTree, the MIX provides a platform for enterprising undergraduates to sharpen their “intangible skills” – gaining exposure, experience and building on skillsets required to be market-ready graduates. Participants of the challenge worked in teams of four to prepare a 2-page executive summary as well as a 90-second promotional video of their solution in advance.
Eight teams from Sunway University participated in the finals and after giving their presentations the judges picked “Team Lotus” from Sunway University Business School as the winner. They walked away with RM2,000 and a chance to work with Maybank.
Team leader of Team Lotus, Ngan Kah Ling said “We can’t believe we have won as we didn’t expect to win this. Anyway, we are happy that our efforts are paid. It has definitely been an amazing experience and we have learnt a lot from it. Our thanks to everyone and our lecturers who have supported us”
“This challenge provided a platform for participating students to apply and make use of all that they have studied, leveraging both what they have learnt in their classrooms with softer skills to find solutions to real-life business scenarios” said Professor Robert Bignall, Vice-Chancellor, Sunway University.
The challenge also provided students with an opportunity to showcase their ability to pitch their business ideas to investors and potential employers and in the process understand how to generate commercially viable ideas as well as the elements required for a successful pitch. The challenge also served as an avenue for employers to see Sunway’s talent in action and identify students with the potential to pursue a career within their organisations in the future.
Participants also benefited from a specially designed training session conducted by MoneyTree as well as networking opportunities, with students rubbing shoulders with Senior Management of the Maybank Group.
“I am proud of the students of the Sunway Business and Investment Society who organised this challenge. Sunway University has contributed to empowering our students not only with textbook knowledge but also with a practical understanding of business which will put them in good stead after they graduate and move on to be productive members of the working world,” added Professor Robert Bignall.
The winner of the Best Video category was Team G04 who was awarded a cash prize of RM500. The winner of the Most Popular Team award went to Team Investissuer who earned a cash prize of RM200. The President and Vice-President of the Organising Committee were students Chua Vi Vern and Koo Yan Jing from the B.Sc (Hons) Accounting and Finance programme in the Sunway University School of Business, Sunway University.
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