After a challenging battle and surpassing 145 teams from 25 universities across Bangladesh, Team "The Incredibles" has won Unilever BizMaestros 2020. Sadia Hasan, Marzina Akhter Prottasha and Sajid Asbat Khandaker from Institute of Business Administration, University of Dhaka (IBA, DU) will now represent Bangladesh at the global platform of Unilever Future Leaders' League (FLL) 2021 in London, where they will contend against the brightest talents of the world. They will also be forwarded in the recruitment process of Unilever's Management Trainee Programme, Unilever Future Leaders' Programme (UFLP). In addition, they will also be getting an opportunity to work on a short-term project at Unilever Consumer Care Ltd.
The first runners-up title went to Team Mudblood from Bangladesh University of Professionals. Team Bus-Hawks from IBA, DU are the second runners-up.
The gala was hosted virtually on November 12, 2020, where the six finalists were evaluated by a panel that included Asif Saleh, Executive Director of BRAC Bangladesh; Robert Simpson, FAO Representative in Bangladesh; KSM Minhaj, Managing Director of Unilever Consumer Care Limited; and Kedar Lele, Chairman and Managing Director of Unilever Bangladesh. Unilever, staying true to its commitment of giving back to the community, this year, hosted the first ever virtual BizMaestros, ensuring safety of all involved, while helping the students experience the thrill of real business and grooming them for the future.
The theme for this year, "Power the Future" enabled the participants to work on business challenges to steer the business towards growth by leveraging futuristic opportunities. Registered teams submitted ideas in video format to improve health and wellbeing of Bangladesh. After thorough assessment, the top 30 teams move to the semi-finals.
The theme for the semi-final round, "Channels of the Future", challenged the teams to come up with solutions to leverage emerging channels to grow the business and serve our shoppers better.
For the grand finale, the finalists were given the challenge to improve the health and nutrition with Unilever's nutrition portfolio.
Throughout the rounds, several learning sessions were arranged for the teams to have a proper understanding of the challenges and various business concepts that would help them craft their solutions. Each finalist team was mentored by experienced senior managers of Unilever Bangladesh who guided them to hone their solutions.
The BizMaestros gala ended on a congratulatory note for the winners who will be representing Bangladesh at the global platform of Unilever Future Leaders' League in London and fight against the brightest minds of the world!