This week’s blog is the final Part III from last week’s blog where I told you about the competition stage of the Karlsruhe Business Masters Challenge 2009.
…After many a coffee to keep me awake, it was announced that later that afternoon three teams would present in the auditorium in front of a panel of nine Judges and all other participants of the competition. The teams would be announced once we were all seated in the auditorium. You can picture the scene, twenty-seven excited, nervous and anxious participants walking through the streets of Karlsruhe to the auditorium, all discussing their chances of selection and their presentation strategies.
We all took our seats in the auditorium and the proceedings got underway, and the teams in the final showdown announced were from group 1; United States, group 2; India and group 3; Denmark…
My heart sank; we had not made the final three…
In times like these I always think of a saying I heard once which says that professional athletes make extremely good consultants, as they recover from their failures really quickly. Therefore, I decided to enjoy the rest of my time in Karlsruhe, network with some of the interesting people. After all the experience is what you make of it. So I sat back in my chair in the auditorium, relaxed and watched how the three finalists were grilled by the panel of judges, comprised of executives, senior management and professors.
At the awards’ dinner (which was an extremely stylish affair) in the Hotel’s banqueting room, the winner was to be announced. The rest of us all had our own personal take on who ought to win, but as in every competition the judges’ decision is the final say! The dinner was a lovely three course meal with matched wines for each course, an impressive evening. I had a number of good conversations with other participants about internship opportunities and particularly with one of the directors of the Centre of Innovation and Entrepreneurship about a start-up business incubator project.
Finally the time came for the announcement of the winner, 3rd place was taken by the United States, 2nd by India and Denmark won the competition. I was delighted, as I had felt they were the best team too. Everyone was congratulating the three teams and with just dessert still to go, the dinner part of the evening was coming to an end.
The after-party was held in a nearby c lub, of which an entire section was reserved just for us, including complete VIP treatment. It suffices to say that the party was awesome as everyone enjoyed themselves immensely, and a good few friendships were pursued into the early hours of the morning.
Although it has only been a few months since the competition, I am still in contact with some of the good people I met there and have in turn opened up a possible internship opportunity and the other opportunities are still out there waiting for me to find them. All in all the competition was a really positive, value adding and enriching experience which I would highly recommend to everyone.
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