Sustainability & the retail circular economy
The Bensadoun School of Retail Management at McGill University invited university students across Canada to participate in the Fall 2023 Retail Innovation Challenge (RIC). This challenge presented a unique experiential learning opportunity to mobilize the knowledge and creativity of university students and embolden them to generate actionable solutions to help local SMEs succeed in the new realities of retail.
Phase 1 —
Oct. 18 – 6PM (EST)
Launch of the competition and Ideation Phase; Student teams receive their respective business cases & instructions
Oct. 21 – 11:59PM (EST)
All teams are required to submit their Ideation Phase presentations.
Phase 2 —
Oct. 22 – Evening
Semi-finalist teams are announced; Implementation Phase instructions sent to teams
Oct. 24 – 4PM (EST)
Problem solving workshop hosted by a globally recognized management consulting firm (60 min)
Oct. 28 – 6PM (EST)
Oct. 29 – 10AM-4PM (EST)
All semi-finalist teams to present online in front of a separate jury per company (representatives from the company & case writing team)
Phase 3 —
Oct. 30-Nov. 4
Oct. 30 – Morning
Finalist teams are announced; Business Phase instructions sent to teams
Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 - TBD
Mentoring from Ernst & Young (30-min session per finalist team)
Nov. 2nd evening & 3rd morning (EST)
Activities for in person teams & participants (TBD)
Nov. 4 – 10AM (EST)
Submission deadline for finalist presentations
Nov. 4 – 1-4PM (EST)
Finalists' presentations in front of independent jury & announcement of winners
Nov. 4 – 4:30-5PM (EST)
Closing ceremony & prize presentations
Nov. 4 - 5PM-6:30PM (EST)
Closing cocktail for those present in person
Final presentation format
The finalists, 2 teams per case study, will present in front of a live panel of judges including: business case owner, consulting firm associates, McGill professors and a senior level representative from the SAQ, our title sponsor.
Each finalist team will win prize money. For each case study, first place team wins $2,500 while second place team wins $1,000. The overall Grand Prize-winning team receives $10,000 powered by the SAQ.
Virtual and in-person presentations will be done in front of a panels of judges who will evaluate your proposals by its impact on:
Ideas, Solutions & Financials
The fourth edition of the RIC will take place in a hybrid format from October 18th to November 4th, 2023, with a focus on sustainability. Case studies will be based on three local SMEs from a range of different verticals within this theme.
Get real-world experience working on real business cases
Potential for senior-level mentorship to further develop your ideas
Make an impact on the future of retail during these unprecedented times
Win prizes such as Grand Prize of $10,000!
The student teams will benefit from town halls with leading experts from our partner organizations. The finalist teams (Phase 3) will benefit from personalized coaching from Ernst & Young.
We are delighted to announce the SAQ (Société des alcools du Québec/Quebec liquor board), as the title sponsor of the RIC 2023. With their support, we will be able to reward the top teams with monetary prizes, including the grand prize of $10,000!
Other sponsors and partners include: Quebec Ministry of the Economy and Innovation, Quebec Retail Council (CQCD) and Ernst & Young.
Registration is now closed. If you have any questions, please contact us directly at bsrm.mgmt [at] mcgill.ca.
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