A VARIETY OF FORMATS
SUMMIT LABORATORY SESSIONS
MBAs conduct experimental lab sessions designed to inspire and incite intense discussion and best-practice-sharing. The MBAs that are chosen to hold one of the Summit Laboratory Sessions (SLS) – the Voices – have complete control over the creative direction of their proposed topics, which are then screened and selected by the organizing committee prior to the Summit.
The SLS are a great way to share knowledge, passion and delve deep into emerging ideas during the Summit, but also to raise awareness on particular subjects that the respective Voice has experienced or aims to highlight and discuss.
Possible forms for the SLS are (next to your innovative idea of a completely different one):
A practical hands on session designed to challenge other attendees to tackle business problems or obstacles
A seminar which can be used to educate other attendees in a field of work
An engaging forward-thinking session, where ideation and the creation of new ways of thinking are promoted
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
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
A one-year mentoring program, starting at the MBA World Summit, builds one of the key-agenda-points. CEOs of Multinationals and owners of large family enterprises are attending the conference and picking one or more MBA students as their mentees, but via the idea of reverse mentoring also as their young mentors.
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.
Attendees offer information on their relevant interests and expertise, and through this information pre-selected matches are made. This 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.
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: Let yourself be inspired by a truly local experience. In a relaxed setting that allows everyone to let their hair down and just be themselves, personal bonds between participants are strengthened.
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 in a relaxed and exclusive 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 discussions 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 experiences and lessons with others who are at a similar stage of entrepreneurial development. In an exclusive setting they are able to delve into in-depth discussions about on-going business topics, share best-practices, seek mutual inspiration and discuss future business opportunities.
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.
In this setting, bright and creative minds can contribute their expertise and experience to a meaningful purpose.
Social Impact Day
2018 in Cape Town was the birth place of the Social Impact Day. For the first time, the social impact day was included at the MBA World Summit. It was the chance for attendees to have a lifelong impact on local businesses and society, through engaging with local business owners and helping them with struggles that they may encounter with their businesses.
One year later in Sydney, our attendees had the opportunity to meet a number of entrepreneurs and AGSM Alumni that shared their stories and how they managed to create a positive impact along their ways. In addition, a social entrepreneur brought their current challenge to the table: a global expansion strategy, that our attendees got a chance to work on. They split up in teams to get creative, analyse potential markets and present their narrative for the strategy.
In the future, the Social Impact Day will be integrated as a key element of the MBA World Summit agenda. We hope to create countless opportunities for both entrepreneurs and participants to create shared value and leave a footprint behind, which will help local communities for years to come.