Matthew Alvin, Sherif El-Refai, Stephanie Newton, Kayley Fordham, and Todd Hales
Left to right: Matthew Alvin, Sherif El-Refai, Stephanie Newton, Kayley Fordham and Todd Hales.

UF MBA takes third place at Wake Forest case competition

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A team of five students from UF MBA at the Hough Graduate School of Business finished in third place at the 4th Annual Biotechnology Conference & Case Competition hosted by Wake Forest University on Feb. 8-9.

UF MBA’s team of Matthew Alvin, Sherif El-Refai, Kayley Fordham, Todd Hales and Stephanie Newton earned $2,000 for their impressive finish. Johns Hopkins University won the competition and Wake Forest finished second.

“This case competition provided us with the opportunity to not only meet leading minds in the industry we care about, but the opportunity to impress them with our analysis,” El-Refai said. “We felt proud to represent the UF MBA brand and show the result of the training we have received through our program.”

Teams had one week to create a business plan which focused on providing best strategies for a medical device company to expand into China to treat urological conditions like kidney stones. Teams presented their proposals to a panel of five judges followed by a 10-minute question-and-answer session.

Also participating in the case competition were Northwestern University, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC San Diego and the University of North Carolina.