Miller Competition Series
Second-year BYU MBA students lead the Miller Competition Series. Students take on the role of venture capitalists in screening and judging viable business plans. They are also responsible for marketing and operations.
Supported by the Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, the Miller Competition Series is open to all BYU graduate and undergraduate students who wish to submit ideas for new businesses.
Each May, before beginning their summer internships, a number of BYU MBA students have the opportunity to participate in a social venture consulting project. These projects give students the opportunity to apply their skills in numerous developing countries to help socially minded organizations improve services to their clients. In the past, students have worked in Ghana, Mexico, Mozambique, Paraguay, and Peru with organizations in the fields of microbusiness, health, education, and employment. Working with these organizations is especially effective at helping students understand the theory and practice of economic self-reliance. Some funding is made available to assist students with the costs of these learning experiences.
Social Venture Competitions
BYU MBA students can also get involved in BYU’s annual Social Venture Academy. The competition provides an opportunity for students to share their interest in local, national, and global social issues. Students work with faculty, practitioners, and professionals to develop and implement business plans that meet social needs in areas such as health care, poverty, education, energy, and agriculture. Winning teams earn more than $50,000 in prize money.
BYU MBA students are encouraged to put their skills to the test at national and international case and business competitions. Over the last few years, BYU MBA students have placed at the following competitions:
- Venture Capital Investment Competition
- Rice Business Plan Competition
- Deloitte Consulting Supply Chain Challenge
- Lincoln MBA Challenge
- Adobe Analytics Challenge
- The Economist International MBA Case Competition
- Miller New Venture Challenge
- Association of Corporate Growth Utah Cup
Field studies provide valuable consulting opportunities at the Marriott School. Consulting projects are typically completed by a team of four or five graduate students under the direction of a faculty advisor with expertise in the area to be addressed. Field study teams work on projects in almost any business discipline, including marketing research, strategy, finance, supply chain, and global business. Recent clients include Microsoft, Intel, Dow Chemical, Dell Computers, Black & Decker, and the State of Utah.
Numerous field study projects require students to travel abroad in order to gain an understanding of a business’s needs in a particular country. Students in the past have been sponsored to travel to countries such as Brazil, Chile, China, Mexico, and Switzerland.