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What is the MBA challenge?

The FT MBA Challenge is an opportunity for the next generation of business leaders to make a difference. It is comprised of two stages. In stage one, registered teams submit a short proposal of their recommendations. In stage two, shortlisted teams are partnered with a mentor and asked to create a 12-page business plan based on their proposal. The top three teams are invited to an FT event in October 2015, where the winner is announced.

Is there a specific problem that the participants help solve?

Yes, each year our partner charity decides on a problem specific to their organisation that they would like solved. This year our partner charity is the International Rescue Committee and teams are being asked to help them find the best ways to reach the 20 per cent of children yet to be vaccinated against preventable diseases.

Who is the International Rescue Committee?

The IRC is a global charity that provides emergency humanitarian relief in more than 30 global hotspots to people whose lives and livelihoods have been affected by conflict and disaster.

How many people can take part?

The MBA challenge is open to teams of three to eight members.

Do all team members have to be studying an MBA?

At least one member of the team must be studying for an MBA. The rest can be students or graduates of any discipline, but at least one must be at a university or business school in Europe, a second in the Americas and a third in Asia or Africa.

How do I apply?

Email mba.challenge@ft.com and we will send you a team registration form.

What if I want to take part but do not have a team?

We are running a matching service for individuals seeking to join a team. Just email us to register your interest and we will introduce you to other participants.

Who will judge the challenge?

A panel of judges will assess all business plans in September. The panel will be announced shortly.

Who are the mentors?

The panel of mentors will be announced in May 2015.

What is the prize?

The winning team will be invited to a meeting the IRC to discuss how their business plan may be used. The team will also be profiled in the FT.

When is the deadline for registration?

The closing date to register your interest / team is April 30th, 2015.

How can I get in touch?

For more information, visit the MBA Challenge homepage or email mba.challenge@ft.com

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