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Tuck School of Business, UNC Kenan-Flagler Take Top Honors in Annual Video Competition

A project by students at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business to create low-cost housing in Haiti won first prize last week in an annual video competition held by the Global Business School Network (GBSN), a nonprofit organization devoted to addressing the shortage of skilled managers in the developing world. Videos by students from UNC Kenan-Flagler and Thunderbird took second and third places, each for projects in eastern Africa.

GBSN’s MBA Challenge Video Contest, now in its second year, invites current MBA students and recent graduates to submit an innovative video of up to six minutes that shows the ways in which they are applying their business skills to meet challenges and improve lives in the developing world. This year, a dozen videos were submitted, and more than 15,000 online votes were cast last month to select five finalists. A panel of business schools deans, executives and others chose the prize winners.

A group of Tuck students led by Nitin Sharma submitted the winning video, entitled “$300 House Project,” which described how they spent 18 months working with Tuck faculty members, Haitian government leaders, industry veterans, investors, students and local Haitians to develop low-income housing solutions for the poverty- and hurricane-stricken island. As winners of the competition, the group will get to send a representative on an all-expense paid trip to the GBSN Annual Conference next month in New Delhi, where they will present their video and receive their award.

Second place went to a team from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill led by Annie Evans for a video showcasing their sustainability-focused consulting work in eastern Africa. Ilaha Eli Omar, a student at Thunderbird School of Global Management, won third place for her video entitled “An Afghan in Africa,” which described her work in a Nairobi slum to improve drainage and help establish a sewing business for local women.

“I congratulate all the MBA students who worked hard on really interesting projects in developing countries, and commend the leadership of their business schools for offering such opportunities,” Guy Pfeffermann, CEO and founder of GBSN, said in a statement.  “All of our finalists show the real impact a team or an individual student can have where motivation, organization and skills are brought to bear.”

Learn more about the GBSN’s MBA Challenge Video Contest. View the winning “$300 House Project” video.

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