Evening and Weekend MBA Students Shine in Columbia Competition
It seems a team of Berkeley-Haas evening and weekend students could negotiate their way not only out of a paper bag, but probably out of a bank vault. Ravi Banda, Bhawna Sapra, Rishi Sharma, Uday Tennety, and Manish Verma, all MBA 13, placed first in a negotiations case and second in an entrepreneurial pitch to take second overall in the Odyssey Global MBA Competition, held at Columbia Business School March 25–26.
In the entrepreneurial pitch, which targeted the bottom of the economic pyramid, the team proposed a waste management service for slums in developing countries. For the negotiations competition, half the team took on CEIBS China and half took on Tuck, with their average scores placing them in front. Sapra notes that Berkeley-Haas was the only team of part-time students and also the only team without management consulting experience. Says Tennety, “The pressure to live up to Haas standards made us go that extra mile,” adding that a Columbia student commented on how the Haas team did indeed reflect Confidence without Attitude. “That was great,” says Tennety.
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