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Deadline: April 1, 2017 | Register here
Eligibility: student teams from across the globe
Prizes: USD 3,000,- in total cash prizes and a trip to San Antonio, USA
Location: San Antonio, The United States

The Fresh Connection APICS Global Student Challenge 2017

Every year, The Fresh Connection APICS Global Student Challenge pits teams from universities and business schools in your region and across the globe against each other. It is an ideal opportunity to learn by experience and match your supply chain management skills against the best in the world.

The Challenge provides you with an opportunity to experience The Fresh Connection, a shot at winning part of $5,000 in cash prizes and a trip to San Antonio, USA, where the finals will take place in 2017!

Every year the Global Student Challenge aims to stimulate and improve the interaction between the corporate and academic world. The objective is to identify the best student talents worldwide and connect them with the corporate sector. Once again The Talent Connection facilitates this purpose!

The talent connection

By participating in the Challenge you get to demonstrate your skills and become part of the unique talent program! The Talent Connection allows world’s top corporations to search for students with a specific skill set on a global scale. Your results in the Challenge help create a unique student profile differentiating you from the mainstream. The Talent Connection facilitates in both internship and job opportunities, opening doors to an exciting (international) career.

The fresh connection

The Fresh Connection is the world’s best professional Supply Chain Management training tool. It provides insight into the complexities and interdependencies in supply chains operating under uncertain and volatile market conditions. This new way of experiential learning is as close as you can get to reality.

Over 15.000 professionals in 600 companies across the world have experienced the online business simulation The Fresh Connection since its launch in 2008. The majority of the 500 world’s most successful companies are using The Fresh Connection to train personnel up to and including executive management level.

The Challenge provides the opportunity for students and teachers to experience this professional learning tool and connect to companies who face these complexities on a daily basis.

The Global Student Challenge

The Fresh Connection APICS Global Student Challenge is designed as an annual competition between student teams from across the globe. It offers them a challenge and a learning experience at the same time.

Students in a team of four have to make the best strategic and tactical choices for the value chain to save the virtual company, The Fresh Connection, from financial ruin. This Challenge is a unique opportunity for students striving to gain more experience and a chance to boost their careers.

The virtual producer of fruit juices, The Fresh Connection, is delivering to retail channels. As the company is suffering severe losses, a new management team has been appointed. Four participants take up a role in this new management team:

  • Vice President Purchasing
  • Vice President Operations
  • Vice President Sales
  • Vice President Supply Chain

The team has the assignment to make the company profitable again by realizing the highest possible Return on Investment (ROI). The participants do this by making strategic and tactical decisions and optimizations in the complete value chain.

The 2017 edition once again promises to attract hundreds of university teams from tens of countries, and several thousands of participants.

In October, prior to the APICS 2017 Conference, there will be a spectacular APICS TFC Global Student Final in San Antonio, USA. The continent winners of the Challenge will compete alongside 9 APICS District Case Competition winners to become The Fresh Connection World Champion!

Why take up the Challenge?

There are four good reasons to take up this Challenge and strive for the best results!

  1. The Fresh Connection is a tool used by countless corporates around the world to train their professional staff. This Challenge gives students the unique opportunity to use this professional tool and obtain a valuable experience for their future career.
  2. By participating in the Challenge you also participate in The Talent Connection, which is talent program of the Challenge. Major corporations, such as Hewlett-Packard and KPMG, are looking in The Talent Connection for perfect matching candidates for their internships and job vacancies.
  3. The teams compete for $ 5,000 in cash prizes!
  4. The participating teams can win a trip to San Antonio, Texas, USA where the APICS TFC Global Student Final will take place.

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