Cranfield School of Management is today hosting MBA students from leading business schools across Europe, as part of the Global Venture Capital Investment Competition. Cranfield is hosting the Northern European Final of the competition with the winner claiming a spot in the Global Final.

The aim of the competition is for the students to put themselves into the shoes of an investor and evaluate real businesses looking for funding. This year students from Said, INSEAD, Copenhagen, Imperial, Manchester, Cambridge and Cass business schools will be competing for a place in the Global Final, held in April at the University of North Carolina’s UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.

An all-star group of entrepeneurs and investors will put the students through their paces on Friday including Cranfield MBA alumni Dan Bedi and Omar Abdel-Rahman (co-founders Jafa), Daniel George (StepEx), Vivion Cox (Football Whispers), Martin Rigby (ET Capital), Glenn Collinson (CSR plc) and Stepan Galaev (Galaev & Co).

Dr Stephanie Hussels, lead organiser and Director of the Business Growth Programme at Cranfield School of Management, said: “We are delighted to be playing host to this prestigious competition. This is a great opportunity for the students involved to learn not only from their peers but also from leading entrepreneurs and investors.”

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Participants in the Europe North Regional VCIC Finals 2018

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About the Global Venture Capital Investment Competition

The Global Venture Capital Investment Competition features 1,250 students from 78 competing business schools, with 50 events in 13 countries.

Full list of judges for the Northern European Final:

  • Bill Morrow – Chairman and Founder AngelsDen.com
  • Glenn Collinson – Founder CSR Plc, Business Angel
  • Ian Zant-Boer – CEO GrowthDeck
  • Malcolm Bell- Partner Forward Partners – Seedcamp
  • Martin Rigby – Partner ETCapital
  • Martin Spiller – Partner Jenson Solutions
  • Nigel Verdon - Co-founder & CEO Railsbank.
  • Patrick Vernon - Clinical Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship,Director of Venture Initiatives UNC Kenan – Flagler Business School
  • Phil Holbrook – MD Hero Investment Capital
  • Philip Sullivan – NED FGIC UK , Senior Advisor Channel Partners
  • Stepan Galaev – Investment Director Galaev & Co

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