Business cases, fundraising and a little futsal are keeping two-dozen business students from Thompson Rivers University busy this weekend as they travel to Vancouver for the 2019 BC MBA Games.
Having placed third at the competition last year, returning competition and business student Viona Dsouza said the goal this year is to take home top prize for TRU.
“We’re definitely striving to win,” said Dsouza, vice-captain of the cohort of 24 TRU students who will take part in the three-day competition beginning Friday at the University of British Columbia.
“We’ve got an organized team, we’ve got a mix of four different kinds of people from different countries, so we’ve got different perspectives on the team,” Dsouza said.
This year’s theme of the Games is Industry 4.0: The Future of Business, with three main categories of events — academics, spirit and sports — counting for points.
The team amassing the most points wins.
In academics, the TRU team will participate in business case competitions in finance, marketing and strategy and a mystery case the team will be presented with on the spot.
In sports, teams will play futsal — a game similar to soccer, but played on a hard court surface — and a marathon of five competitions, which includes a three-legged race.
As a part of the spirit portion of the competition, TRU is tasked with raising funds for the Games’ charity partner, the Open Science Network. There is also a team dance competition in which teams will be challenged to cut the best rug.
Dsouza said the team has been meeting every week to prepare for the Games, with the help of the club’s two coaches and professors — Dr. Nancy Southin and Dr. Warveni Jap — who will be with the team every step of the way with guidance and support.
She said the competition is a valuable networking opportunity for students who can hone their business skills, noting the Games also help build TRU’s reputation around the province.
If the squad wins in Vancouver, it will head to the Canadian MBA Games in Toronto in January.
This is the fourth consecutive year a team from TRU has attended the provincial Games.
While TRU finished third overall in last year’s five-team competition, the club won the fundraising and video portion of the Games, capturing the Mann’s Cup for that event.