LIBA, SIBM win first semis of Boardroom Challenge

Team BLoC | Updated on January 10, 2018 Published on August 29, 2017

The winners (From left) Case creator and jury member Vishwadeep Kuila, Chennai semi-final winners Glisten D’Silva and Akshay Krishnan, LIBA Director Fr Christie and jury member S Siva Kumar at the event in Chennai on Monday

Brand-comm CEO and jury member Ramanujam Sridhar presenting awards to the winners of the BLoC Boardroom Challenge semi-finals in Bengaluru. The winning team is from SIBM

Finals of BLoC competition to be held next month

The semi-finals of the Boardroom Challenge hosted by BusinessLine on Campus (BLoC) kicked off on Monday in Chennai and Bengaluru.

Presented by Indian Terrain, the events were held at the campuses of Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA), Chennai, and Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship (XIME), Bengaluru.

Created by Vishwadeep Kuila, founder of Brand Vectors, the case required the students to come up with strategies on how brand Nokia can make a successful re-entry into the Indian market, using an investment of $500 million.

Before the presentations began, T Muralidharan of the TMI Group spoke to the students on emerging job areas and the need for them to form a realistic picture of their career prospects.

Whatever be the sector, whether analytics or healthcare, ITES or banking, sales is the key, he said, adding that the person who excels in a sales role is most likely to become a successful CEO.

Chennai winners

In Chennai, the three-member panel consisted of Kuila, executive coach and trainer Siva Kumar, and Fr Peter from XLRI. Nine teams from colleges across the city and nearby areas participated and presented their strategies in an interesting and succinct manner.

A three-member team from LIBA comprising Glisten D’Silva, Satish Guru and Akshay Krishnan were declared the winners, while Great Lakes Institute of Management was judged the runner-up. The five members of this team were Anik Dasgupta, Mohil Chaturvedi, Prerna Sharma, Prithvi Ramakrishnan and Vibhor Verma. The LIBA team impressed all with their attention to detail and meticulous calculations on projected expenditure, while the runners-up made a convincing case about the marketing and costing aspects.

In Bengaluru, the jury comprised Ramanujam Sridhar, CEO, Integrated Brand-Comm Pvt Ltd, and Prof Sam Placid, Director, External Programmes, Administration and Student Affairs at XIME.

Bengaluru teams

The winning team was from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM) while the XIME team came second.

The SIBM team comprised Mohd Usama, Yukti Gulati, Lokesh Panjwani, Suramayam Tayal and Viren Rajpara, while the five persons in the XIME team were Dharani Chowdary, Abhishek Maniraj, Mithila, Samrudha Srinivasan and Karthika Das.

The winning teams from LIBA and SIBM will compete along with four other teams in the Boardroom Challenge finals to be held in Chennai on September 11.

Published on August 29, 2017
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