Three students—Abhishek Sinha, Ishita Dokania and Rajarshi Saha, otherwise known as Team uncHECked—recently won the 2021 CK Prahlad Grand Challenge. In striking back against the “tsunami” of Covid cases currently submerging India, the case competition called for an equitable, sustainable and healthy way of distributing vaccines within the country.
The HEC Paris MBA students proved themselves worthy of the challenge. By proposing an innovative system of petrol credits to encourage—and reimburse—citizens who donated vaccines to others, their solution beat out teams from nine countries and four continents. The judges deemed their proposal a win-win for all the stakeholders: the government, the vaccine donors, and the everyday people who otherwise couldn’t afford a vaccine.
“We searched for a unique value proposition that was sustainable while being relatively easy to implement and track,” explains Abhishek. “Though none of us had any prior experience in healthcare, we sought out a competition that would help us gain exposure and experience, and also widen our horizons and knowledge.”
The CK Prahlad Grand Challenge is organized yearly in early April by the Michigan Ross School of Business. HEC Paris MBA’s Team UncHECked earned $4,500 for their victory.
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