QUT BlueShift Business Competition Finalists

19659_QUT_blueshift_webbannerQUT Business School held its first annual BlueShift business case competition for high school students to give them a taste of what studying and working in business is really like. The competition entry level required students to prepare a written report presenting a solution to the business challenge of encouraging young people to engage with and learn more about superannuation. With the expert assistance of Maths and Finance Teacher Mr Gary Fox, the Queensland Academies – Health Sciences Campus team advanced a business solution focused on a sponsored education course for young people to empower them in their superannuation savings from the beginning of their entry to the workforce.  Based on the teams’ performance in the superannuation business challenge, finalist teams were shortlisted for the second level of the competition and were given one week to prepare a 15 minute presentation on a further business challenge, that of increasing digital subscriptions in the under-30 age group.

Queensland Academies’ students held the highest representation in the Finals Program held on Saturday 31 May at the QUT Gardens Point campus with a Year 11 team from Health Sciences campus (Gold Coast) and two Year 12 teams from Science, Mathematics and Technology campus (Brisbane), all students of Business and Management.  QAHS students used an app technology platform to present an engaging solution to the business issue drawing on a strong demonstrated knowledge of the Newspaper Publishing Industry.  Each presentation was followed by a five minute question and answer session with the panel of judges headed by Professor Peter Green, Head of School QUT Business School – Accounting and Mr Bill Proud, Director of Studies QUT Business School.

The Competition provided valuable insight to the demands of similar business case competitions conducted at an international level with students enjoying the rigours of analysing the case, researching the industry and presenting a persuasive pitch of their business solution.  Finals day also provided the opportunity for students to conduct a QUT campus tour, hear from QUT Business School Ambassadors on the courses offered by QUT Business School and engage in networking interaction.

Congratulations to the QASMT team which placed second runner-up team in the competition.

Main picture (L-R) at the QUT campus: The “Super Smarties”  QAHS Finalist Team in the Blue Shift Competition – Jordin Vaars, Adela Gokovi, Hannah Claverie, Grace Moffat, Frazer Hearps, Sam Chambers and Competition Mentor Mrs Vanessa Rebgetz.

Vanessa Rebgetz
Deputy Principal
Year 11 Business and Management HL Teacher
QUT BlueShift Business Competition Mentor