In this competition, students from Seattle University, St. Joseph’s Institute of Management (SJIM) in Bangalore, India, and other Jesuit universities around the globe come together in collaboration to create a business solutions for a pressing social problem.
Teams work together to create a social-impact business plan that addresses the competition topic. Teams are intentionally made of students from all schools to consider the causes, effects, and possible solutions to global issues from a larger perspective.
The topic is different each year. Past topics include the following:
Though this program is hosted by the St. Joseph's Institute of Management and the Albers School of business, all Seattle University students of all courses/departments/programs/schools are encouraged to participate!
Have questions? Want to know more about the program?
Each team has about a month to formulate a 7-10 page business plan. The time demand for each individual may be up to 1-2 hours a week, over a four week period.
For the first round, the business plan should be submitted in doc/docx/pdf format. All submissions will be passed through anti-plagiarism software. The document should use Times New Roman 12-point font with 1-inch margins all around. The length of the document must be a maximum of 10 pages, excluding any appendices. Judges will read, but not evaluate, any appendices. The required structure of the business plan is below.
The structure listed above is adapted from an article by William Sahlman, Baker Foundation Professor of Business Administration (Emeritus) at Harvard Business School. All teams are highly encouraged to read this short article about writing a business plan.
For the final round, the business plan should be submitted in a PowerPoint (.ppt/.pptx) format. The structure of the presentation will follow the broad structure of the written plan. Each team will have 15 minutes to present their plan. After all teams have presented their plan, the judges will give each team a set of questions to answer. All teams will get 10 minutes to discuss between themselves, including the overseas team members, via the internet. The last step will be for the teams to give their answers to the judges.
In addition to needing a virtual infrastructure, students will need to be able to commit about 5 hours a week to the completion of the program, and 1-2 of those hours need to be meeting with the team.
We encourage you to establish unified agreements on communication guidelines, internal deadlines, and division of responsibilities with your team. This way you are able to focus on your business plan, not team communication issues!
Remember, Bangalore will be 13.5 hours ahead of Seattle! So, if you email your teammates at 10am PST, it will be 11:30pm IST for them. If they respond the next day at 10am IST, you will receive it at 8:30pm PST. Timely communication and set expectations for response times will be essential for your success!
In the competition, we were able to use information we have learned in class and apply it to our business, as well as really refine our researching skills. The process taught us how to write a business proposal, and showed us what a proper business presentation looks like. We have also built relationships that we wouldn’t have been able to before (including having new friends on Facebook!), and we will be able to use these relationships in the future!Keisha Lugito, Kyle Yoo, and Anne Transier 2018 Winning Team Members