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8 March, 2017 - 02:22 By Jamie Quested

Cambridge Judge Business School in VC final

Cranfield University MBA Stephanie Hussels

The University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School is competing in the 2017 North Europe Regional finals of the Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC) on Friday, March 10 at the Cranfield School of Management.

MBA teams from top business schools contest the world's largest venture capital competition. 

The University of Cambridge Judge Business School team comprises Lana Bazzy, Jonathan De Groot, Maor Nutkevitch, Christoph Moeglich, and Connie Luu. They will face teams from IESE, Manchester Business School, Imperial College and Copenhagen Business School.

In the 2017 Europe South Regional Finals, which took place in Barcelona last week, Cranfield School of Management secured first place. The team was made up of Adham Al Beainy, Daniel Bedi, James Owen, Mariela Kovacheva, Omar Abdel-Rahman. The team was advised by Professor Shailendra Vyakarnam.

VCIC began in 1998 as an educational event for MBAs to learn about venture funding. Now in its 18th year it has evolved into a marketplace for entrepreneurs seeking investors and a training ground for future venture capitalists. 

Dr Stephanie Hussels, Director of the full-time MBA at Cranfield commented:  "We are delighted to be hosting this regional final on behalf of VCIC.  Unlike other business plan competitions in which students pitch their own ideas to investors, at VCIC the students are the investors, and real entrepreneurs pitch to them making it a very powerful learning experience for both parties.

VCIC director Patrick Vernon from UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School said: “We are focused on teaching students about financing new ventures, and the most effective way to do that is to expose them to the best deals and investors. Lucky for us, the best entrepreneurs and VCs like to meet each other too.”

• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: Dr Stephanie Hussels

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