HEC Paris MBAT: Olympic Games for the MBA world

25 May 2013

For the 23rd consecutive year, HEC Paris organized and hosted the MBA Tournament (MBAT), a mini-Olympic Games for the MBA world. It took place on campus from May 9-12, drawing over 1,500 participants from 15 top business schools. The event grows every year, and in 2013, HEC Paris had the pleasure of welcoming its first American participant: Harvard Business School.

Harvard Football Team - HEC Paris MBA Tournament - HEC Paris 2013

A slew of schools and sports

Aside from the US team, players represented the best schools from across Europe, including Spain, the UK and the Netherlands. The featured sporting events were as diverse as the participants, ranging from rock climbing to rowing and soccer to cricket. The golf competition took place at Le Golf National, the official site of the 2018 Ryder Cup. In addition, three new sports made the cut this year: billiards, poker and karting.
“Contact” sports: networking at MBAT

MBAT is more than a sporting event: it’s a networking extravaganza. “At MBAT, we want to give students a chance to mingle and network with other talented and knowledgeable students,” says organizer Impreet Natt (MBA 14). “It’s a fantastic venue wherein the world’s future business leaders can meet, both on the field and at social events throughout the tournament. There’s no doubt that these networking opportunities were a major reason why the Harvard students made the trip across the Atlantic.”
Organizing MBAT: flexing the management muscle

The entire event is organized by HEC Paris MBA students themselves, as it is incorporated in the school’s curriculum. The students apply their management and leadership skills to coordinate the production from A to Z. The team of MBAT 2013 organizers included members from Australia, Canada, Columbia, France, Greece, India, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Russia and the United States.
Impreet was very pleased with the event this year: “MBAT just keeps getting bigger and better! When it was launched 23 years ago, a small group of people conceptualized it and made it a reality. Today we have 200 MBA students here at HEC Paris working on the event all year, taking care of marketing, sponsorship, university relations, logistics, planning, event management, IT and, of course, the sporting events themselves.”
Congratulations to the winners

While HEC Paris walked away with the overall trophy this year, each sport had its winners. Curious about whose talents shone in which sport?
Click here to have a roundup of the winners for each event

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