Scholars off to compete in Spain

Four Cayman scholarship students will be winging their way to Spain for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete in the KPMG International Case Competition in Madrid, Spain.

Allison Hydes, Staci Scott, Brittany MacVicar and Samantha Hennings will be in the competition from 2 to 5 April.

As one of the world’s largest student case competitions, KICC draws some 6,000 students from more than 300 universities in 23 countries to compete against each other, developing solutions to realistic business scenarios.

A two-day workshop was recently delivered by local and global business professionals who helped KPMG Cayman’s students advance their analytical, case writing and presentation skills. In teams, the students learned how to develop innovative solutions to complex problems. Having acquired these new skills, the teams presented to a panel of judges who then selected a winning team to represent KPMG in the Cayman Islands in the KICC global finals. The winning team included the four bound for Spain.

“I’m extremely excited and honoured to be taking part and to be visiting Madrid for the first time,” said Brittany. “This is the first time that the Cayman Islands have entered a team into the competition and is the smallest country to be represented. Although we are all studying at different universities overseas and have not been able to meet in person since our national final, we have still been able to arrange conference calls regularly and review past case studies as part of our preparation for the competition.”

The team will also spend a day in Miami in preparation.

For the first time in the history of KICC, KPMG International will partner with another organisation – Banco Santander a global, multinational bank, which will host the final presentation at its offices in Madrid. The winning KICC team will also receive a one week all expenses paid and exclusive “Entrepreneurship” training at the Babson University in Boston, Massachusetts, on behalf of KPMG and Santander.

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