Our idea for HeatBuddy originated from an idea Matt had as a child. On cold mornings, Matt would race to the heat register to find the quick satisfaction and comfort that only a heat vent can bring.
Months of late nights, team meetings at KMC and several hundred cups of coffee culminated in a concise yet effective 20 minute, four-slide presentation. The team shared their key findings and recommendations for Nike Men’s Running Apparel, then led a 40 minute discussion with 12 Nike executives of the Men’s Running division.
The case involved providing business solutions for Rainbow Farms, a fictitious upscale grocer facing challenges in adapting to trends in the grocery industry. These trends include the rise of meal kit services, superior technology and personalized shopping experiences.
During the challenge, students work in teams to research and analyze a publicly traded company—Nike, in this case—and then create a research report with a buy, sell or hold recommendation.
Listening to speakers at various conferences around the area talk about how previously marginalized groups are now finding new success in unconventional areas within tech inspires me to want to do more with my own career while building others. Ideas often start from conversations, and unlocking shifting industry trends to create new opportunities is changing the world for the better.
Last week the NW Lucky Labrador Beer Hall packed in more than 100 people for the B-Corp Pubtalk hosted by the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network. The enthusiastic panelist discussion echoed many of the lessons that come up regularly in our MBA coursework. Read >
First year MBA student Ben Jacklet recaps his experience at the Business Briefing Breakfast: Innovative Management for Entrepreneurs. Read >