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Deadline: December 3, 2017 00:00 (CET)
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Dates: March 9-10, 2018
Eligibility: the participant must be in BA3, MA1, or MA2
Location: Brussels, Belgium

Solvay Business Game 2018

Since 2007, the Solvay Brussels School of Economics & Management proudly organises its annual real-life business competition, with 400 participants selected from over 1300 applicants from all around the world, making it the largest business game in Europe.

  • Challenge yourself: You will be confronted with 6 very different challenges. In only a few hours, steer everyone in the same direction and present your findings.
  • Connect to the corporate world: The perfect opportunity to meet and convince industry leaders. Follow their tips, present in front of them and exchange business cards.
  • Learn differently: The focus being on real-life business cases, you will get a real sense on how to tackle everyday problems.
  • Enjoy the moment: A unique experience which will leave you with lifetime memories. Work hard, play hard.

Tackle the 6 Solvay Business Game Challenges

Online Challenge

  • How: In pairs
  • Prepare: No
  • Format: Online

Sent to you two weeks before the event, the online challenge, axed around strategic decision-making skills, allows the participants to experience a first taste of the Solvay Business Game.

Marketing Challenge

  • How: Teams of 6 randomly formed
  • Prepare: Yes / Briefing at the beginning of the case
  • Format: 4h preparation, slide deck to upload before presentation

Marketing is the core of an operating business and one needs more than theory when looking at marketing. Therefore, the aim of this challenge is to develop a complete marketing campaign. You’ll be expected to prepare a 10-minute presentation explaining how you will go about marketing your product.

Strategy Challenge

  • How: Teams of 6 randomly formed
  • Prepare: Yes / Briefing at beginning of case
  • Format: 3h preparation, slide deck to upload before presentation

Based on real facts and figures, this challenge will test your strategic decision-making skills. Using the information provided, you will be asked to develop a long-term strategy for a firm. In other words, can you develop a plan that will maximize the company’s competitive advantage?

Negotiation Challenge

  • How: Teams of 4 randomly formed
  • Prepare: Yes / Briefing at the beginning of the case
  • Format: 4h preparation, slide deck to upload before presentation

During the negotiation challenge, you will be asked to base yourself on real figures to determine the ideal price at which you are willing to sell, or buy, a company.

Small specificity: you will be negotiating the terms of the deal with another team who, just like you, will want to get the best out of their efforts!

Pitch Challenge

  • How: Teams of 4 randomly formed
  • Prepare: Yes / Briefing at the beginning of the case
  • Format: 3h preparation, pitch material to prepare before presentation

Concerning the Pitch Challenge, you will all receive a document containing a question before the event. You will have to undertake the necessary research to be able to find the solution to the problem.

During the SBG, you will be given 180 minutes to prepare your pitch with another pair. Ultimately, the goal is to present a concise and information-rich pitch to a panel of judges.

Eloquence Challenge

If you are among the best-scoring teams, you’ll be invited on stage to participate in the Eloquence challenge, the big final of the Solvay Business Game.


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