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The Polls Are Open! (for the MBA+ Challenge Video Contest)

Posted By Nicole Zefran, Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Nicole ZefranIt's April and it's time to vote! All of the 2013 MBA+ Challenge video submissions are in. We are now in Phase 2 of the contest - online voting. We have received 20 fantastic submissions from students all over the world!

GBSN believes that business education can change the world. The MBA+ Challenge Video Contest is a way to celebrate the work and impact that business students have made in developing countries.

 First prize is an all expense paid trip for one team member to present their video at GBSN’s Annual Conference in Tunis, Tunisia. The winning team will also be featured on the nextbillion blog and GBSN’s website. The top five finalists will have the opportunity to participate in an online mentoring session with a distinguished world leader in business development.


>> Click here to watch the videos and vote


This year’s videos show a lot of creativity in depicting each team’s impact on people’s lives in the developing world. Here is just a taste…

Seeking Change: UNC-Kenan Flager and the World Around Them

12 MBAs from UNC Kenan-Flager submitted a video about the five consulting projects they executed in three countries of impact, Kenya, Ethiopia and USA.

In Rocky Mount, NC, they delivered a business plan to extend dental services to residents below the poverty line. Next, they went to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where they partnered with Youth Impact, who wanted to open a training restaurant. This would generate income for the non-profit while simultaneously providing work-force training for their youth participants. Their last stop was Mombasa, Kenya where they partnered with Yehu Microfinance Trust to identify opportunities for Yehu female entrepreneurs to expand their businesses.


Saving Kids’ Lives, Developing Haiti

Jennifer Esterley works for Meds & Foods for Kids (MFK), who produces packaged therapeutic food for malnourished children in Haiti. The video is about the impact of the enterprise and the business model that goes with the production of this product that saves children's lives.


Babson Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy (BELA)

BELA provides students from targeting regions in Africa with the skills and confidence to identify and create opportunities. Students from Babson help African students in BELA to explore the entrepreneurial process in a very interactive learning format.

These are just a few of the many creative and inspirational videos entries that will touch your heart. Help these students celebrate their accomplishments by watching their videos online and voting for them!

Voting lasts until April 14th.  Each person may vote once per day.  The top 5 videos as determined by online votes will then proceed to the judging round, where a selection committee will choose the final winner.


Nicole Zefran is the Communications Intern at GBSN.

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