A Variety of Formats

SUMMIT LABORATORY SESSIONS

MBAs conduct experimental ‘lab sessions’ – lectures, workshops, ‘talk-shops’ or ‘think-tanks’ designed to inspire and incite intense discussion and best-practice-sharing. These speakers have complete control over the creative direction of their proposed topics, which are screened, selected and then refined by the organizing committee prior to the Summit.

These Laboratory sessions are used to share knowledge and incubate emerging ideas during the Summit. The sessions can be used to educate other attendees in a field of study that the session leader has expertise in. Or used to challenge other attendees so that the session leader can get feedback to benefit solving a problem of their own.

Workshops – A practical hands on session designed to challenge other attendees to tackle business problems or obstacles

Talkshops – A seminar which can be used to educate other attendees in a field of work

Thinktanks – An engaging forward-thinking session, where ideation and the creation of new ways of thinking are promoted

Speeches – The flexibility in the laboratory sessions permits them to be as creative as the attendee feels is necessary, making the possibility of something as straight forward as a speech feel much more appealing

Life Lessons – As many of the attendees of the summit will have much corporate experience, life lessons are also a key option of the Laboratory sessions as they encourage likeminded thinkers to learn from each other

Tim-Eisenmann-Award Ceremony

A relaxed time to unwind after the day’s events, engage in informal discussions and present the “Tim-Eisenmann-Award” to the most popular student-led workshop. This award is named after 2014’s inaugural winner

NETWORKING

Cultural Expeditions

Exciting adventures to the city‘s cultural hotspots and heritage sites. The expeditions are perfect „ice-breakers“ and a special opportunity to build first meaningful relationships in a comfortable, informal and inspirational setting.

All the participants - selected MBAs, Summit Alumni and company representatives - come together for the first time to get to know each other and engage in first conversations.

Matchmaking Service

Attendees offer information on their relevant interests and expertise, and through this information pre-selected matches are made, which maximises networking opportunities at the Summit. Attendees are able to grow personally and professionally as they come together with likeminded people and engage in personal content driven exchange which fosters lifelong impacts on one another.

Networking Dinner

A comfortable setting for candidates and company representatives to engage in private and in-depth discussion on business and career related issues over an enjoyable networking dinner.

Networking Lunch & Resolution

A truly unique networking experience reflecting the host city‘s lifestyle: Be surprised for a truly local experience. Personal bonds are strengthened between participants in a relaxed setting that allows them to let their hair down and resolve to remain in contact even after the Summit ends.

C-Level Lounge

A C-Level lounge will also be provided, where C-Level attendees as well as C-levels from our partner companies can sit together and are able to converse relatable discussions in a relaxing setting.

BIG IDEA LOUNGE

The „Big Idea Lounge“ at the MBA World Summit provides unique opportunities to entrepreneurial  MBAs. During „Ideation Panels“ (IPs) MBAs with entrepreneurial backgrounds or those who want to become an entrepreneur in the future, can engage in in-depth discussion with peers, industry experts and the who-is-who of the local start-up scene. 

Preselected investors and ventures are matched with early and later stage start-ups, idea pitches and face to face talks are facilitated to create a dialogue where feedback is given, or partnerships are established.

Entrepreneurs are also able to exchange with others who are at a similar stage of entrepreneurial development, where experiences and lessons can be shared about the entrepreneurial start-up life, in an exclusive setting they are able to engage into in-depth discussions about on-going business topics, share best-practices, seek mutual inspiration and discuss future-business opportunities.

SOCIAL IMPACT

More than ever, responsibility for our planet and society is an important theme for us all. That’s why the MBA World Summit enables MBAs to take a deeper look at social impact issues, gain first-hand experience in the field and become actively involved in meaningful local and international projects contributing their expertise and experience to a meaningful purpose.

SOCIAL IMPACT DAY

In Cape Town 2018 the social impact day was included at the MBA World Summit, it was the chance for attendees to have a lifelong impact on local business and society, through engaging with local business owners to help them with struggles that they may encounter with their businesses. This is something that we want to replicate at Sydney 2019 as members now have the opportunity to leave a footprint behind which will help local communities for the years to come.

CAREER

A small number of carefully selected and highly inspiring companies who share in the Summit’s values are also invited to participate in this global forum as partner companies. They contribute to the exciting and stimulating environment by sharing perspectives from the ‘corporate battlefield’ and extending lucrative career opportunities to the attendees – participants will have the option of exclusive face-to-face time with company representatives to discuss new perspectives and future possibilities.

Company Presentations

A dedicated time slot allotted to partner companies to present their career opportunities and business model. Partner companies benefit by building positive employer brand value through word-of-mouth propagation within the personal networks of these top MBAs.

Round Table Talks

Companies are able to sit down with attendees and talk about a topic of their choice. This encourages top discussion of current themes or issues that are important to top global companies, where they can get a unique perspective among an exclusive community of professionals.

Corporate Expeditions

Company representatives may invite a pre-selected group of up to 10 MBA students on a tour of their local office. This presents a powerful opportunity to orientate candidates to the company culture and leave a positive and indelible impression of the employer brand in candidates’ minds.

Face-to-face Interviews

Company representatives conduct in-depth interviews with pre-selected candidates in order to recruit students for suitable positions - in parallel throughout the day.