Students get to grips with business as a force for good

Monday, 16 May 2016

Oxford Social Impact Case Competition winners

The third annual Oxford Social Impact Case Competition took place at Saïd Business School last month (30 April) with 18 teams from across the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University taking part.

Two Oxford Brookes students - Annie Rose Barge and Patricia O'Dwyer who are studying for a BSc in International Hospitality Management - were amongst the three winning teams at the competition.

We are so glad we were able to make the most of an incredible opportunity.

Patricia O'Dwyer, BSc in International Hospitality Management

Patricia commented: “Annie and I are so glad we were able to make the most of an incredible opportunity.  We particularly enjoyed the close interaction we were able to have with the entrepreneur Selwyn Lloyd of Audazzle, and we believe that what drove us to win was just how inspired we were by what he is doing.”

Min Ji Kim, chair of the organising committee, noted: “This year’s Case Competition featured many firsts - it was the first time the competition featured three pioneering case organisations, the first time it was opened up to teams of students from Oxford Brookes University, and the first time that Prodigy Finance came on board as a sponsor.

“The event was also notable for its diversity. We were joined by University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes students from all sorts of degree programmes, at both undergraduate and graduate levels. So it was not surprising that the event appeared to be wrapped in an entrepreneurial spirit, and competitiveness was balanced by fun and a willingness to learn from others.”

Participants were split into three streams, which each focused on a challenge faced by a different, mission-focused business.

The three businesses profiled by the cases were Audazzle, which creates social games that are inclusive of the blind and hearing-impaired, Prodigy Finance, which offers loans to international postgraduate students attending leading business schools, and micro Home Solutions, which focuses on improving the quality of informal housing in Indian cities.

Teams were provided with background information on a business challenge faced by one of the organisations and interviewed representatives of the organisation on the day.

In the afternoon, the teams presented their strategic recommendations to a panel of judges, which included Rodolfo Lara Torres, Director for Programmes and Alumni Relations at the Rhodes Trust at the University of Oxford and Dr Forrest Metz, Founder and Managing Director of Dev Equity, amongst others.

Further information is available on the Saïd Business School website.  Find out more about Oxford Brookes' BSc in International Hospitality Management on the University's webpages.