With a view to developing leadership quality and analytical skills for the future among the youth, Unilever Bangladesh Limited's (UBL) flagship business case competition 'BizMaestros 2021' kicked-off on Sunday. The website of BizMaestros 2021-https://bizmaestros.site-went live on Sunday, where students can register their business cases for the evaluation. Marking the milestone of 11 glorious years in providing students with the thrill of real business, BizMaestros returns this year with the theme - Navigating in the New Normal". One of the largest FMCG companies of the country, UBL with the proposition of Join the League of Future Leaders promises to provide the youth with opportunities to develop and elevate themselves to become the leaders of tomorrow. This year, UBL is expecting a direct engagement with over 600 students in the first round. Last year, the company engaged with more than 30 universities across the nation, where over 400 students in 145 teams participated in the first-round of BizMaestros 2020. The first round will focus on the context of the new normal, highlighting significant shifts in the consumer landscape.
and how Unilevers purpose-led brands can have dynamic way to connect consumer to drive sustainable business growth. Three-member teams hailing from the same university will submit their solutions. Second round will be a live presentation assessment round, where 30 qualifying teams, selected from the first round, will present their individual solutions virtually to the judges. They will be aided with mentoring and learning sessions in this stage. After the virtual two rounds are over, BizMaestros 2021 will conclude with a grand physical finale, where top six teams will compete each-other for the championship. They will have top corporate leaders of this age as their judges.
The panel of judges comprised of renowned business leaders, including: Rupali Chowdhury, Managing Director of Berger Paints Bangladesh Ltd.; Syed Nasim Manzur, Managing Director of Apex Footwear Ltd.; Zaved Akhtar, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Unilever Bangladesh Ltd.; and KSM Minhaj, Managing Director of Unilever Consumer Care Ltd.; will announce the name of BizMaestros 2021 champion and runner up teams officially.
The champions will have the unique opportunity to represent Bangladesh in the Unilever Future Leaders League (FLL 2022) the global competition of Unilever that happens in the UK every year where champion teams from across the world battle it out to win the global championship. The champions will also get fast-tracked in the recruitment process for Unilever's flagship Management Trainee programme, the Unilever Future Leaders Programme (UFLP).
The top 3 teams of the competition will also be provided with the opportunity to avail an internship programme under ULIP (Unilever Leadership Internship Programme). Apart from the top 3 teams, those who qualify for the second round throughout the competition will be in the talent pipeline of future recruitment opportunities in Unilever Bangladesh.
Sakshi Handa, Human Resource Director of Unilever Bangladesh Limited said, BizMaestros is the gateway for students to experience the thrill of real business, receive quality mentoring from industry leaders and gain access to recruitment opportunities at Unilever Bangladesh. Through this competition, we have identified some of the brightest young minds and molded them into future leaders. I am truly excited to see how the students will respond to our challenges this year!"
During the pandemic students have faced a lot of uncertainty and miss out on opportunities to explore and connect with the greater corporate world. To support the Bangladeshi students, UBL has been continuing campus activities through digital channels since the pandemic begun. So far, Unilever has created learning opportunities for more than 10,000 students through a series of campus connectivity and skills enhancement sessions.