On Friday, May 8, the Consulting and Business Development Center hosted the Undergraduate Consulting Challenge, pairing three local small businesses – Big Time Brewery, Gargoyles Statuary, and Panache206 with teams of students who were given a week to create a plan that would aid in the growth and development of each client.
Approximately 60 students formed teams of three or four to research and analyze the companies in order to develop recommendations to present at the competition. For the first time, the Consulting and Business Development Center extended the invitation to compete beyond UW to business students from community colleges throughout the state. South Seattle College and Yakima Valley Community College each sent four students to compete in the challenge – with the South Seattle team winning first place for their recommendations to Big Time Brewery!
Each student team presented dynamic ideas and data to the business owners and panel of judges from event sponsors Key Bank and Target as well as professionals from Community Sourced Capital, Crown Moving, PaintBox Labs Media Group and Project Management Institute who volunteered their time and expertise. Following the presentations, all attendees gathered in Deloitte Commons for a celebratory lunch and networking opportunity for students, business owners and professionals. After lunch the winning teams for each business were announced and each winning team member received a $200 gift card prize.
Congratulations to all involved with the 2015 spring Undergraduate Consulting Challenge!
For information about the next Consulting Challenge email: Consult1@uw.edu
Thank you to James Dennis Professional Photography