Chandigarh, December 6, 2019: The 6th edition of Tata Steel’s annual business challenge for students ‘Steel-a-thon’ saw a record number of participants with teams from MICA and FMS Delhi emerging as the winner and first runner-up, respectively. The second runner-up position was held jointly by IIM Shillong and IIM Raipur.

Steel-a-thon 2019 witnessed a record participation with more than 1400 teams comprising 4200+ students from 22 premier B-Schools across the country submitting their entries. In the grand finale in Kolkata, a total of 15 teams competed. In the 2018 edition of Steel-a-thon, students from 19 business schools had participated.

Steel-a-thon is Tata Steel’s Annual Business Challenge for premier B-Schools of India where students submit their innovative solutions on real life business cases. This year, the competition witnessed the highest-ever number of responses with the participants presenting solutions to case studies from domains including Marketing & Sales, Corporate & Digital Strategy, CSR, HRM and Supply Chain.

The teams presented business case solutions to a jury comprising senior management of Tata Steel led by Mr. Peeyush Gupta, Vice President, Steel (Marketing & Sales), Mr. Suresh Dutt Tripathi, Vice President, HRM, and Ms. Atrayee S Sanyal, Chief Diversity officer, Chief Group HR and Chief HRM (Steel).

The champion team won a cash prize of Rs 2,50,000, winners’ trophy and a certificate. The first and second runners-up were awarded cash prizes of Rs 1,50,000 and Rs 1,00,000, respectively, along with trophy and certificates. These teams along with the campus round winners also received PPI offers.

Congratulating the winners and all the participants, Mr. Peeyush Gupta, Vice President, Steel (Marketing & Sales), Tata Steel, appealed to the bright young minds to be curious and make the right choices about their careers. “Curiosity is an important element in today’s business. We must know how things happen in companies, how revenue gets generated, what can you as a manager do to serve a company, serve its customers, how does the value chain work and, finally, deliver something to the customer,” he said.

The participants of Steel-a-thon benefit from the mentorship provided by the senior management of Tata Steel which exemplifies the focus on quality and attention to details. The platform intends to groom the budding leaders for real-life business challenges through application of their classroom knowledge on the practical front.

Since the first edition of Steel-a-thon held in 2014, a total of around 40 students have joined the Tata Steel family as employees. The 2019 edition of Steel-a-thon is also a significant milestone in the Company’s steady march towards being an employer of choice and creating a sustainable future for all its stakeholders.