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Chaifetz Students Win 2019 Deloitte-SAP Co-Innovation Event

School may still be out for summer, but that didn’t keep four students from Saint Louis University’s Chaifetz School of Business from competing last weekend at the 2019 Deloitte-SAP Co-Innovation Event in Westlake, Texas. The SLU team bested 128 other students from 28 leading business schools across the country to win the competition and bring home the $2,000 top prize.

Chaifetz Students celebrate on stage with giant check after winning the 2019 Deloitte-SAP Co-Innovation Event

Chaifetz School of Business students celebrate on stage after being presented a check for $500 per team member as winners of Deloitte's 2019 SAP Co-Innovation Event August 2-4, 2019 in Westlake, Texas.

Now in its fifth year, the bracket-style competition hosted by global accounting and consulting giant Deloitte pits student teams against one another to leverage the latest SAP technology to tackle a real-world business problem. The 2019 event challenged teams to develop a supply chain solution to assist a grocery store chain in improving customer interactions and developing new delivery solutions.

“I went into the weekend hoping to gain some experience, make connections and grow my network, but I didn’t expect to win the whole competition,” said Seth Hardin, a senior economics student from St. Charles and a member of the winning team. “Coming from Saint Louis University and being able to compete at this level against some of the top business schools in the country made me proud to be Billiken.”

The winning team also included Saint Louis University students Amanda Baker (senior, electrical engineering), Olivia Lindstrom (senior, analytics and enterprise systems) and Summer Johanneson (junior, finance). The Chaifetz School of Business team beat out other finalists from Carnegie Melon, Texas A & M and the University of Southern California in the final round of the three-day competition to claim the championship title. 

“We couldn’t be more proud of these Chaifetz School students,” said Mark Higgins, Ph.D., Edward Jones Dean of the Chaifetz School of Business. “Their achievement goes to show the Chaifetz School’s nationally-ranked, locally-connected programs prepare our graduates to compete and succeed against any business school in the country.”

About the Chaifetz School of Business

Founded in 1910, the Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business at Saint Louis University has shaped the future of industry for more than a century. As the oldest business school west of the Mississippi, the Chaifetz School of Business at Saint Louis University has built a reputation as a leader in business education with eight undergraduate and graduate programs nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

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