UNM Anderson School of Management to Host Inaugural Global Scaling Challenge

March 23, 2021 - Anna Dykeman

The University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management is hosting its inaugural Global Scaling Challenge April 22-24, 2021.

The Challenge is a live and real case competition experience where the student teams present to three small, entrepreneurial firms seeking to significantly scale their enterprises. The event takes place virtually over three days using a web conferencing platform.

The three-round competition tasks participating teams and mentors with working to understand and solve complex scaling needs and challenges of three firms that are addressing current biological challenges in highly diverse environments. Teams consist of up to four students at any postsecondary educational level and are mentored by faculty from their institutions to prepare for competition. Student participants will vie for more than $5,000 in awards and recognition.

The three firms involved this year are BennuBio, a medical instrumentation company focused on flow cytometry; Build with Robots, a robots-as-a-service company focused on addressing COVID-19 needs; and Wildlife Management Systems, a firm addressing the Wild Horse problem on four continents.

Challenge judges include well-known global faculty, industry experts, firm leaders, venture capitalists and thought leaders.

Teams will be provided information two weeks before the competition, including the firms’ value propositions; Boston Analytics artificial intelligence-based workup of potential firm customers, investors and acquirers; and written material prepared by the firms. Teams will provide 10-minute presentations live to a judging panel and the subject firm, followed by 10-minute Q & A periods. All presentations and materials from the teams will be submitted to the Global Scaling Challenge Committee.

The three participating firms will receive innovative advice from a highly talented and diverse pool of students, faculty and mentors. Faculty, experts, entrepreneurs and community leaders are invited to serve as judges.

For more information or to register, visit https://www.mgt.unm.edu/global-scaling-challenge