Since 2008 Agbiz has been hosting a very successful Congress Student Promotion Programme where top graduated students in agribusiness-related fields of study get the opportunity to meet and engage with industry leaders.
During the 2012 Congress, the inaugural student case competition was hosted to provide students with the opportunity to showcase their skills and knowledge. Sixteen top graduate students are appointed by major universities across the country to take part in the competition. They are grouped into four teams where they compete against one another by developing business-oriented solutions for a real-world business problem or case, specifically written for this event.
Each team presents to a panel of industry experts in the first round. The top two teams are selected to present in the final round at the congress. Congress delegates vote for the team that impressed them the most. Prizes are awarded at the gala dinner of the Agbiz Congress for the winning team (based on a combination of valuation aspects), the runner-up team and the four most outstanding individual students (based on their contribution to the teamwork effort).
The facilitator of the competition this year is Prof Johan van Rooyen, IFAMA president and director of the Centre for Agribusiness Development Leadership and professor in Agricultural Economics at the University of Stellenbosch.
Michaela Zietsman and Frieda Scheepers were the two students chosen from the North West University. In their separate groups, Michaela and her team finished in 2nd place and Frieda and her team in 1st place. Michaela was one of four students to receive the award for exceptional leadership shown throughout the competition.