I will be attending the inaugural event of the MBA World Trophy from 16-18 May this week in Dublin at the Marker Hotel. This exciting three day event focusing on entrepreneurship and business development is the brainchild of two MBA students (John O’Loughlin and Stephen Smith) from Smurfit Business School.

The event will provide a unique showcase of entrepreneurial talent from 25 of the world’s finest graduate colleges, during the course of which teams will pitch their business models to an exclusive panel of VCs, participate in workshops in Innovation, Finance, Growth and Leadership. Each team will be paired with a mentor. On the final day each team will present their final pitch to the judging panel. The winning team will receive $10,000 and the MBA World Trophy by Heritage Crystal.

Speakers and Judges at the event include David Smith (Silicon Valley Connector, Tirna Partners), Ruairí Quinn (Minister for Education and Skills, Ireland), Gina Quin (CEO, Dublin Chamber of Commerce) and Vivek Wadhwha (Academic, Researcher, Writer and Entrepreneur, Stanford, Singularity and Duke Universities).

 As part of the event they also launched a Twitter competition searching for Ireland’s top female entrepreneur, so we will keep you posted on all the worthy winners!