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Pepsico First Year Case Competition challenges and inspires

Posted by Nicole Maunsell on March 27, 2019 in News

First-place winners: Evan Urquhart (4th from left), Kate Grondin, Neve Pianarosa and Ben Walch pictured with representatives from Pepsico

Fourteen teams of four first-year Commerce students competed in the 2019 First Year Pepsico Case Competition in January. Organized by Eryn Greene (VP Academic of the Dalhousie Commerce Society), Karen Mutyabule, Harrison Makaruk and Joshua Rankine, the competition is as an introduction to the world of case competitions for first-year students and a chance for them to learn from and be inspired by upper-year students. To help participants prepare, a team of fourth-year students offered a demonstration of a successful case presentation, and several Commerce students coached this year’s teams.

The judges were MBA students Corey Wheaton and Austin Krausert as well as Professor Oksana Shkurska. Six representatives from Pepsico, in its fourth year of sponsoring the competition, were present to announce the winners and present the prize money of $1000 to the winning team.

First place: Evan Urquhart, Kate Grondin, Neve Pianarosa and Ben Walch
Second place: Noah Latimer, Alex Mueller, Julia Pietrangelo and Grace Gaffney

Second place, left to right: Noah Latimer, Alex Mueller, Julia Pietrangelo, Grace Gaffney and competition organizer Eryn Green