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MBA World Trophy event



From September 4th – September 6th 2014, Dublin Ireland will host the second annual MBA World Trophy event. Held over three days in Dublin with the full support of the Irish government, the MBA World Trophy is an unrivaled business gathering in one of Europe’s most dynamic and innovative cities, EMEA headquarters to global technology leaders Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Twitter.

Teams will pitch their business models to an exclusive panel of VCs, participate in workshops in Innovation, Finance, Growth and Leadership. Each team will be paired with a mentor. On the final day each team will present their final pitch to our judging panel.

The MBA World Trophy is the first initiative of its kind: a unique showcase of entrepreneurial talent from some of the world’s finest graduate schools.

Learn more about the founders John and Stephen and how the event has developed.

The MBA World Trophy has been designed to address the issue that business plans have become less relevant in today’s start up environment. Using the latest entrepreneurship best practice, customer development and lean start up techniques, startups can accelerate business development like never before.


The MBA World Trophy – From September 4th – September 6th 2014 in Dublin, Ireland – brings together teams of highly motivated entrepreneurs from some of the world’s finest colleges to compete against each other with their startup businesses. They will have their business model challenged by a leading panel of successful entrepreneurs, VCs and thought leaders. This is a business start up competition that will accelerate an early stage company using the lean start up principles and change how college students think about building and scaling their business.

We are targeting early stage college startups. We are encouraging entrepreneurs to form teams
and discover how they can create a sustainable company around their business idea. Teams will
engage with us before they travel to Dublin using lean startup methodologies and validated
learning to develop a workable business model. Teams should be multi-disciplinary
including at least one currently enrolled MBA Student to reflect the reality of the startup teams in the real business world.

The MBA World Trophy
The event is arranged around four ‘pillars’. These core features have been identified by talking
with participating teams about the areas they need help with. These pillars are intensive
workshops and seminars in Finance, Innovation, Growth and Leadership and will help the startups move to the next stage of their business development.

On day one teams will present their story so far and how they have used the latest entrepreneurship techniques to develop their current business model. Each team has 4 minutes to pitch and there is a prize fund of $2500 for the best lean startup. The 2013 lean pitch  rules are available here.  Over the following two days, teams will participate in workshops and seminars and work closely with mentors. Click here for the 2013  full schedule of events.

Prize Fund

  • Winning team: $10,000 and the MBA World Trophy by Heritage Crystal
  • Best lean startup: $2,500
  • Most impactful idea: $2,500
  • Best Pitch $2,500

More information on the composition of the judging panels and mentors to follow in early 2014.

We are accepting startup teams on a rolling basis until May 2014.

We are accepting startup teams on a rolling basis until May 2014. - See more at: http://mbaworldtrophy.com/about/#sthash.X9PKFvQQ.dpuf