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​MBA team wins grand prize at SCG Bangkok Business Challenge

Published on: 12-Apr-2019

Four Nanyang MBA participants took part in the SCG Bangkok Business Challenge @ Sasin 2019, one of the longest running start-up competition in Asia which encourages students in postgraduate programs across the globe to become more entrepreneurial.

Team BetterLife – comprising Araj Mohandas, Maneet Ahuja, Haridesh Kumar Sharma and Kursabayeva Assyl – outdid 71 teams from 40 institutions from 19 countries to emerge as the grand winner.

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Team BetterLife with NBS Dean, Prof Robert Kennedy and Associate Dean for Graduate Programmes, Prof Sia Siew Kien.

The team combined their knowledge of operations, market research, information technology as well as product design, to create a business plan of providing non-invasive glucose monitoring devices for diabetes patients using “GON” chip technology. Working on tight schedule, they submitted the executive summary and 60-second pitch for their “BetterLife Monitor” right before the deadline. 

They was pleasantly surprised and elated when they were informed that they had made it into the final round. But there was no time to rest. 

“What followed was long nights of preparations, arguments, market research and customer validation.

The entrepreneurship module by Prof Vijay Sethi helped us a lot, from refining our idea, creating detailed business plan to validating the plan in front of class. We received many constructive feedback and the class presentation gave us the necessary confidence for Bangkok,” shared the team.

All the hard work paid off as the team brought home the H.M.The King’s Award along with a cash prize of US$18,000 and another US$2,000 for Nanyang Technological University (NTU, Singapore).

“We were ecstatic and proud to represent Nanyang Business School on global platform, especially since this was the first time a team from NTU has won this prestigious award. 

All of this would not have been possible without constant support and guidance by Prof Vijay Sethi,” said the team.

Not resting on their laurels, the team participated in the 2019 Rice Business Plan Competition – the world’s richest and largest graduate-level student start-up competition – and their plan has been selected for the Global Finals. 

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