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first_imgMiguel Strobel (MBA 2017)Chris Mathew (MBA 2017)Claire Keene (MSc 2017) Last Updated May 3, 2017 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail On Monday, May 1, the finale of The Global Challenge was held at the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. Six finalist teams from around the globe competed to take home a prize of £3,000 cash as well as tickets to the Skoll World Forum 2018 and Emerge 2017, with a travel allowance included.About The Global ChallengeThe Global Challenge is a competition that offers students and recent graduates a chance to learn more about the global issues that interest them and to present those findings to a global audience. Participants are asked to develop a business plan or to present an idea for a quick fix, while also demonstrating a deep understanding of a pressing social or environmental issue by mapping out the landscape of the current solutions and identifying missing opportunities for positive change.The Challenge was founded in 2016 by the Saïd Business School Skoll Center for Social Entrepreneurship, a social impact center with the mission to accelerate the impact of entrepreneurial activity to transform unjust or unsatisfactory systems and practices. This year, the challenge expanded to include participants from over 20 universities across five continents, making it a truly global competition. The Global Challenge DetailsThe Global Challenge took place over a series of event presentations, including a semi-final held on March 27th. It was at this semi-final that the Saïd Business School “Saving Mothers” team as selected to represent Oxford at the finale. The winning team’s submission focused on maternal health challenges in a rural district of KwaZulu, South Africa. The team included two MBA students and a Master’s in Sociology student: Saïd Business School: The Global Challenge RelatedOxford’s Skoll Scholars Collaborate to Create Social ChangeThroughout the world, social entrepreneurs are creating innovative and disruptive solutions to tackle urgent global challenges. One of the most effective ways to achieve an impact is through connecting and partnering with other complimentary ventures, says Pamela Hartigan, Director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Saïd Business School.…April 15, 2015In “Featured Home”Best Business Schools for Social Impact, Part IIThis article was originally published in its entirety on clearadmit.com On Friday, we began our coverage of the rise of social impact among MBA students and programs with a look at efforts underway at the Yale School of Management and NYU Stern School of Business. Today, we continue our focus,…March 24, 2016In “Featured Home”Social Impact MBAs: Programs That Help Students Make a Difference in the WorldFor years, social impact has been a growing area of emphasis at business schools. Increasingly, MBA students are stating that a well-paying career isn’t enough: They also want to make a difference. As Sherryl Kuhlman, the managing director of the Social Impact Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, told U.S.…October 11, 2017In “Featured Home” SFU Beedie School of Business: MediMorphMelbourne University: Umps HealthSaïd Business School: Saving MothersUniversity of San Diego: Simple Seat, Better LivesUniversity of Cape Town: AllsafeMount Royal University: Braden Etzerza “‘Saving Mothers’ was our attempt at understanding the complex ecosystem surrounding mothers in South Africa,” explained Dr. Mathew. “The legacy of Apartheid and an under-resourced healthcare system meant that mothers in rural, impoverished communities of South Africa often suffer from poor maternal health. Our research shines a light on this issue through desktop analysis and numerous interviews with various stakeholders, ranging from NGOs to patients themselves.”The project was a perfect fit for the team.“Two of us are doctors who have worked in South Africa and even in rural parts of KwaZulu-Natal—so we naturally assumed we had a pretty solid grasp on the problem,” said Mathew in a recent news release. “Only once we started the competition and began researching the problem did we realize how many assumptions we had incorrectly made—nearly all of them! We discovered perspectives on our South African mothers that hadn’t even remotely occurred to us, let alone [been] expected. This has been an incredibly enlightening experience for all three of us, and we are absolutely thrilled to be representing the University of Oxford in the global final!”But making it to the final didn’t mean the team’s work was done. According to Andrea Warriner, the deputy director of the Skoll Center, the team could expect fierce competition during the final.“We were excited about the range of challenges Oxford participants selected for their submissions, and the deep learning that teams experienced,” said Warriner. “We know that the finalists from all over the world who will travel to Oxford to compete in the global final will also have powerful entries—our winning Oxford team should expect tough competition!”May 1 FinalAs predicted, the final brought stiff competition. Six teams from universities around the world met up on May 1 inside the Nelson Mandela Lecture Theater at the Saïd Business School to present their research and findings to a panel of six judges. The schools represented and their proposals were:last_img read more