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Business Students Beat Out National Competition at Deloitte-SAP Contest

08/15/2019

Students from Saint Louis University’s Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business beat out competitors from 28 other business schools from around the nation at the 2019 Deloitte-SAP Co-Innovation Event in Westlake, Texas.

Chaifetz SAP contest team

Four students from the Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business beat out competitors from 28 other business schools at the 2019 SAP Co-Invention Event in Westlake, Texas, earlier this month. Submitted photo

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 systems applications and products in data processing technology (SAP) 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. Each round added a new element to the business problem, requiring teams to add a new layer to their comprehensive solution.

SLU’s team bested 128 other students from 28 leading business schools across the country to win the competition and its $2,000 top prize. The SLU team beat out other finalists from Carnegie Mellon University, Texas A&M University and the University of Southern California in the final round of the three-day competition to claim the championship title.

The winning team also included seniors Amanda Baker, an electrical engineering major, Seth Hardin, an economics student, and Olivia Lindstrom, who is majoring in analytics and enterprise systems, as well as junior finance student Summer Johanneson. 

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


 

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 has built a reputation as a leader in business education with eight undergraduate and graduate programs nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report.