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Source: "Grebel students win 2014 MEDA Business Case Competition" by Fred Martin for the Canadian Mennonite

In only its second year of competition, a Conrad Grebel University College student team won the Business Case Competition at the annual Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) conven­tion, held this year in Winnipeg on Nov. 8.

The team, headed up by fourth-year student Jono Cullar, an international development major, beat out five teams from other Mennonite colleges and universities from across North America.

"Our team was well round­ed in our academic pro­grams," said Jono. "Not only did we have students in busi­ness and arts, but peace and conflict studies, accounting, and environment and business."

This was a broader skill set than other teams, compris­ing primarily business students.

This year's case competition was an actual MEDA project called Greater Rural Opportunities for Women (GROW) in Ghana that is working to empower women in soybean production. With a month to prepare, each team was asked to provide analysis and recommendations on MEDA's partnership with five local non-governmental organizations.

In its presentation, the Grebel team told a story through the voice of an entrepreneurial Ghanaian woman to make it personal.

"But we also backed the presentation with a lot of research," said Jono.

"I'm so proud of these students," remarked Grebel president Susan Schultz Huxman, who watched the uni­versity teams compete. "The competition is a wonderful way to expose students to the good work of MEDA. The foursome really articulated a smart, inspiring plan to help make the world a better place!"

Expenses for the team's registration and travel were supported by the Waterloo MEDA chapter, a donation from Murray and Yvonne Martin, and donations to the annual Grebel Fund.

Grebel's winning Business Case Competition team induded,from left to right: Elliot Parke, Anneke Pries­ Klassen, Jono Cullar and Sarah Steiner.