2014 Global Business Challenge Results

By April 8, 2014 Main Story Front Page, News


The 2014 Global Business Challenge, hosted at New York University’s Kimmel Center in the heart of Greenwich Village brought together 270 virtual enterprise students from 9 countries. The students were randomly assigned to teams of 10 and given a challenge based on a business case study for Frogbox, a Canadian company that provides an eco-friendly alternative to cardboard moving boxes. International students hailed from Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Romania, and the United Kingdom, while national students came from California, Massachusetts, Michigan, Illinois, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. The teams overcame language and cultural barriers and a two-hour time limit to solve the challenge and present their solutions to an audience and a panel of judges. The judges, from across industry and academia sectors, found it difficult to select only 3 winning teams.

1st Place

Virtual Enterprises International's Global Business Challenge 1st Place Winners

Team Members (in alphabetical order): Jasur Akramov (NYC), Keever Alvarez (NYC), Ffion Davies (United Kingdom), Jamiya Euell (Chicago, IL), James Holmes (Los Angeles, CA), Florian Leitner (Austria), Gusakova Nadezhda Oleg (Bulgaria), Benjamin Sippin (Middle Island, NY), Gede Satria Wirapradnya (Indonesia)


2nd Place

Virtual Enterprises International's Global Business Challenge 2nd Place Team

Team Members (in alphabetical order): Hunter Brown (Murrells Inlet, SC), Yonatan Cohen (Israel), Larissa Firace (Brazil), Jodi Goertz (NYC), Andrea Ipinza (Herndon, VA), Kalina McCaney (Los Angeles, CA), Pari Patel (East Meadow, NY), Citta Pramono (Indonesia), Natalie VanderArk (Holland, MI)


3rd Place

Virtual Enterprises International's Global Business Challenge 3rd Place Team

Team Members (in alphabetical order): Patrice Bender (Germany), Dilnoza Bobokalonova (NYC), David Harris (Virginia Beach, VA), Elizabeth Ozuna (NYC), Courtney Pease (Murrieta, CA), Hannah Evans-Price (United Kingdom), Julian Reinisch (Austria), Nick Suchocki (East Meadow, NY), Pasha Maulana Yusuf (Indonesia)


To open the event, VEI Board Member Charlotte Frank introduced the days’ activities and Diane Yu, NYU’s Deputy President welcomed the students. The two keynote speakers, Joe Dussich, entrepreneur and CEO of JAD, American Bulb, and Mint-X Corporations and Bob Miglani, author of Embrace the Chaos. inspired the students to persevere, work hard and think outside the box.

Check out this Summary of Participation to see where in the world the participating Global Business Challenge students came from.

Special thanks to our judges for lending their time and expertise.

Championship Round Presentations during Virtual Enterprises International's Global Business Challenge.

2014 Global Business Challenge Judges

Francisco Alba, Truven Health
Nicola Blue, American Express
Timothy Buckley, American Express
Frank Chiarello, The Tower Group Companies
Julius Dunn, American Association of Advertising Agencies (4As)
Luke Freyer, Harri.com
Peter Freyer, HSBC
Michael Goldman, Consultant
Matt Gordon, Wealth Stream Advisors
Seth Harris, American Express
Jonathan Jacobs, Digital Natives Group
Slav Kuzmin, HSBC
Rick Lynch, BBM Technologies
Fukiko Ogisu, Viacom
Nelly Palmon, PMI
Renee Pecot, HSBC
Victoria Roberts-Drogin, Mercy College
Jeff Rubin, Hub International Insurance
Carl Seligson, Consultant
Diallo Shabazz, NYCDOE
Aidan Snee, Inside Sales Solutions
Leslie Stubin, Consultant
Jane Ubell, Madison & Mulholland Inc
Betsy Weber, NESC
Sam Wong, MTA
Jian Xiao, Fordham University
Vincent Young, SIFMA


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