The Global Business Challenge is a graduate business case competition to design sustainable solutions to global problems

The 2018 Challenge ‘Smart Cities’

The challenge for the 2018 Global Business Challenge is to ‘develop novel and sustainable solutions through application of smart technologies and new business models to improve safety and well-being of the public in urban environments’.

2018 GBC Finalists Announced


It is with great pleasure that we announce the finalists of the 2018 Global Business Challenge:


Team R-Evolution from the University of Laval (Canada)
Team Feros from University of Oregon (USA) and Carnegie Mellon University (USA)
Team FRED from University of Pittsburgh (USA)
Team Gauntlet from European School of Management and Technology (Germany)
Team Precisely Yours from S P Jain Institute of Management and Research (India)
Team WheelFit from University of Pittsburgh (USA)
Team XWomen from Singapore Management University (Singapore)


Register now to attend and support teams as they present their solution to an Executive Panel of judges, and compete for the 2018 winning title.

2018 Key Dates

Registrations Open:
19 February 2018

Registrations Close (Revised):
15 June 2018

Round 1 Submissions Close:
15 June 2018 [23:59  UTC +10]

Finalists announced (Revised):
13 July 2018

Finals (held in Brisbane, Australia):
24 September till 28 September 2018

Winners Trophies
GBC Purpose

Purpose / Mission

The Global Business Challenge (GBC) is being conducted as a partnership between QUT, The University of Queensland and Griffith University and with the support of government and industry.

The 2018 GBC is hosted at Griffith University, with the event being managed by, QUT (The Organisers), with the assistance of an Advisory Board, Technical Advisors, executive judges from industry and government as well as our many student volunteers.

The objective of the GBC is to leverage the exceptional intellectual talent from the worlds’ top business schools and universities to solve a major global problem. The competition is designed to challenge students to formulate business solutions for globally relevant and contemporary ‘wicked’ problems with global significance. Importantly, the GBC is designed to foster cross-border and cross-discipline collaborations to create solutions that capture emerging transformative business opportunities for industries, regions and countries.

Solutions will consist of a combination of new and emerging technologies, as well as novel business models to support commercialisation and global adoption of these solutions. Industry prizes are specifically targeted to support finalist teams, or their collaborators in their commercialisation effort. As collaboration is a key pillar of the competition, teams are encouraged to have strong collaboration with technology providers, from research and industry and government organisations.

As the first and largest competition of its type in the world and its partners have committed to host the event for an initial seven year period. This will see the GBC has become the new benchmark in Graduate Case Competitions with a focus on delivering implementable and practical solutions to the world’s biggest challenges.

2018 Event partners

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