TCU MBAs Win Thousands of Dollars in Backing from Microsoft in Boston BizSpark Challenge 

The TCU MBA team of Stacy Rajavong, Stephanie Lee, Emily Robinson and Nishant Maller wowed representatives of Microsoft with their idea for an integrated wellness solution application to help young professionals maintain healthy lifestyles while traveling.

The TCU team was awarded $64,000 in services and support from Microsoft.

“Our team is excited to accept Microsoft’s services to develop the business idea to bring it to market,” Stacy said.

MBA teamThe TCU MBA team was one of 15 selected for Boston University’s Grand Business Challenge in Digital Health, a case competition where participants submit a call to action in the health sector to create significant value for the world. Teams were encouraged to contribute insights, refine their ideas through collaboration with fellow students and industry leaders, shape digital health globally and cultivate professional relationships. The students vied for cash prizes from Merck in the Grand Business Challenge, and significant in-kind innovation grants from Microsoft in the BizSpark Challenge to further develop their ideas to transform digital health.

“For the BizSpark challenge, we had the benefit of working with executives from both Microsoft and Merck to help strengthen our plans,” Nishant said.

“It was my first case competition experience outside of Neeley and I absolutely loved it,” Stephanie said. “It afforded me the opportunity to learn from my second-year TCU MBA peers and other MBA students from around the world, since top universities from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Hong Kong and Korea were all in attendance.  My favorite part was the collaborative learning process between fellow competitors, Merck and Microsoft representatives.  The generous prizes were also a huge plus!”

Other teams in the competition were from Boston University - School of Management , Carnegie Mellon - Tepper School of Business, Cornell - Johnson Graduate School of Management, Duke - Fuqua School of Business, IPADE Business School Mexico, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Business School, Indian School of Business, Seoul National University Business School, TCU - Neeley School of Business, Arizona - Eller College of Management, University of Calgary Haskayne School of Business, UCLA - Anderson School of Management, North Carolina - Kenan-Flagler Business School, Pittsburgh -  Katz Graduate School of Business and USC - Marshall School of Business.

“The classes and real-world projects that are part of the TCU MBA program allowed us to be knowledgeable in developing our idea and gave us additional confidence,” Emily said.