A team of first year students from the Westminster Business School have reached the final of the University Business Challenge – a nationally recognised competition that has been running for 18 years, making it the longest running business simulation competition.

The competition began last September with 291 teams competing in a six-week business simulation game. After stage one only 90 teams were selected to take part in the semi-finals and battle it out for a place in the grand final.

Westminster Business School students took part in the semi-final held at the University of Bristol, containing 40 teams, with only 4 being selected to progress to the final. Despite starting university only last September, the team of first year students from Westminster Business School came third in their semi-final, meaning they secured a place in the final at IBM headquarters on Thursday 17 March.  

The team is led by Trevor Gomes, a student on the Business Management BA. The rest of the team are Divya Panchani, also a Business Management BA student, Giovanni Gazzola and Ahmed Mohammad, who are both studying on the Business Management – Marketing BA, and Diana Florea on the Business Management – Economics BA course.

Speaking about the competition, Trevor Gomes said: “Reaching the final of the University Business Challenge is a remarkable achievement, considering we are first year students who competed against students who had much more experience.

“I feel it is a massive achievement to get to the semi-final, let alone the final. But we go into the final with one desire and that is to win.”

Among others, the team was up against another Westminster team, which also made the semi-finals, doubling success for Westminster in the competition. They were Ibo Braeuer, Business Management – International Business BA student, Remzi Selmani, Business Management – Economics BA student, Ferhan Ahmed, Business Management – Law BA student, Basarab Panduru and Nichakarn Chinweerapunt, Business Management BA students.

The teams were coached by Karen Kufuor, Principle Lecturer in the Department of Economic and Quantitative Methods. Speaking about the success, Karen said: “I am extremely proud of both our semi-finalist teams. When I realised our team of first year students had secured third place and with it a spot in the final it was absolutely amazing.

“I can’t wait for the final on Thursday. I know the team are ready and determined.”

University Business Challenge 2016 semi finalists

As part of the University Business Challenge, all the universities had to raise money as part of the charity challenge. The University of Westminster raised the most money, with all the teams managing to raise £2,729.65 for Ezimbidlene School in South Africa.

The Westminster Business School team will now go on to compete against nine other teams in the final including Sheffield Enterprise Zone, Norwich Business School, Bristol University, Lancaster University Management School, Bristol University, Sheffield School of Management, Manchester Business School, Portsmouth Business School and the UCLU Business Society.

Congratulations to all the students in the final, and we wish them the best of luck!

The final takes place at the IBM South Bank on 17 March.

Images by Kamera K Photography

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