A team of students from Mahamaya Girls College, Kandy, Sri Lanka are coming to Brisbane to take part in QUT Business School’s BlueShift Business Case Competition, held in May.
The students recently won the Chartered Accountants Business Plan Competition sponsored by the QUT Business School and the Sri Lanka Australia Chamber of Commerce. As part of the prize the winning team is being sponsored to come to Brisbane and take part in the annual QUT BlueShift Business Case Competition. BlueShift is specifically designed for high school students in Year 11 and 12. The team from Mahamaya Girls College will be the first international team to take part in the competition.
The team of five came up with an innovative idea for a new healthy iced tea drink called STeaSpice which they presented to a panel of industry and academic experts at the final held in the Chartered Accountants offices in Colombo. To win they had to beat an impressive range of ideas coming from 40 different schools across six regions in Sri Lanka and had to demonstrate their ability to create strategic, marketing, HR and Financial plans to support the viability, production and sale of their product.
The QUT Business School has become a leader in involvement and development of business case competitions for the benefit of students. In addition to our students outstanding success in competing in international competitions, QUT Business School hosts the National BlueShift competition for Australian high schools as well as international competitions for undergraduate and postgraduate students. We are now seeking to expand opportunities for high school students internationally to take advantage of the use of competitions to boost their business skills. The success of the Chartered Accountants Sri Lankan Business Plan competition is the first step in this direction.
Photo: The winning Mahamaya Girls School team being questioned by Professor Peter Green, Head of School of Accountancy at QUT Business School.