Every year in April, the HEC Business Game society organizes a competition that brings together 200 students from around the world to work on business challenges set by large corporate partners. This stimulating two-day event involves 5 challenges, with 4 hours spent on each.
The HEC Business Game is back and bigger than ever in 2019, boasting several impressive partners:
- Bain and Company for the Strategy Challenge
- Bertelsmann for the Digital Challenge
- Shiseido for the Marketing Challenge
- Luxottica for the Finance Challenge
- AbinBev for the Online Challenge
The deadline for applications is at midnight tonight.
Find out more about HBG from Sriyash KISHOREPURIA, current second year Master in Management student and HBG winner in 2017.
My motivation for taking part in the business game was two-fold. Firstly, I believe any serious business student must, in the course of their education, take part in a business game. Secondly, I really wanted to work with a close friend (Robert Quick) in a professional environment. We were approaching the end of our first year, and I knew I would be taking a gap year and Robert would not, so we couldn’t pass this opportunity up.
We were pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable the HBG turned out to be; personally, I found the experience magical. We were placed in teams with students from around the world – China, Belgium, England, etc. – and tackled fascinating business cases across a range of industry sectors.
I was also inspired by the mentors from partner companies, who held important managerial positions in their firms. I learnt a lot from interacting and solving problems with them. I was especially interested in the Schneider case which focused on renewable energy, a field in which I hope to work in the future. The fact that we won this particular challenge helped me define my career path with more confidence.
Robert and I got to know each other better by working as part of a team. He was confident with presentations and numbers, and I felt at ease thinking up solutions and communicating ideas. There were moments when we disagreed, but debating and reaching compromises is all part of the HBG experience.
The business game was one of the highlights of my first year at HEC. Even if we hadn’t won it, I would have been content and satisfied with my efforts. I would encourage everyone to take part in the HBG as I believe it to be a truly life-changing experience.