12th July 2021
Participants prepare to compete in the second round scheduled for the end of September.
The pandemic has affected all types of businesses and initiatives and the Global Management Challenge is no exception. However, despite this, the 2021 edition started in May as planned, and with more teams than in 2020.
“We managed to surpass the number of teams from the previous year. We now have 332, which for us was great news and an excellent reward for the entire SDG team for all the extra work put in as a consequence of restrictions related to the pandemic. We are still getting numbers which are below the average for the last 10 years, but the indicators are positive and I think that in 2022 they will be even better”, advances João Matoso Henriques, CEO of SDG.
Of the total teams enrolled this year, around 65% are made up of students and the rest are executives. The edition started two months ago with the first round, and in September the teams will dispute the second round. The National Final is scheduled for November.
The SDG CEO tells that in this 2021 edition, the competition will enjoy the participation of companies that are supporting teams for the first time. “We hope that the companies’ human resources and marketing budgets for 2022 already reveal the companies’ desire to return to normality and that this is reflected in the participation of businesses in this challenge”, he says.
The Global Management Challenge is a digital native and as such lends itself to being played solely online, which minimized the impact of COVID-19. “There was no break or change in processes at SDG or in the competition itself. However, this was not the case with some of our partners. Even so, our main clients and sponsors continued to invest in this initiative and Accenture and Fidelidade have renewed their sponsorship for the next three years”, concludes João Matoso Henriques.
Results of the 1st round of the GMC 2021: (here)