7th SJIM-Albers International Business Plan Competition

An international business plan competition on “Developing a financially sustainable and technologically feasible and scalable business that will ensure safe drinking water to everyone” was organized jointly by St. Joseph’s Institute of Management and the Albers School of Business and Economics, Seattle University, USA on 3 rd February, 2024.

The competition opened for registration in October 2023. Thereafter, students at St. Joseph’s Institute of Management (SJIM, India), St. Joseph’s College of Commerce (SJCC, India), Albers School of Business and Economics (Seattle University, USA), Fu Jen Catholic University (Taiwan), and Ateneo de Manila University (Philippines) collaborated in virtual teams. Together, they harnessed the different countries’ technical and social expertise towards solving this serious problem.

Three finalist teams were shortlisted by a Global Panel of judges including Pelle Lutken (Denmark; Policy Specialist on Governance and Peacebuilding with the UNDP or United Nations Development Program) and Steve William Azeumo (Cameroon; Founder of PRESDIE, member of the African Center for Competitive Intelligence, and Country Coordinator for EoC-IIN).

The finals for this competition was held on 3 rd February 2024 on a virtual platform. The finalist teams presented their b-plans to a three-member panel of judges hailing from different parts of the world and who brought their own special areas of expertise to bear on the competition. This final-round jury consisted of Haresh Ved (Managing Partner, Cronus Ventures, Seattle, USA), "Nishanth Varghese (Strategy & Planning, Cisco, New York, USA)" and Fr. Lumnesh Swaroop Kumar SJ (Innsbruck, Austria). The finalist teams also fielded a set of very challenging questions from the jury.

The team comprising of Aria Shaffer (Albers, USA), S Tejesh Kumar (SJIM, India), and Bhuvan (SJIM, India) were the winners of this competition.