Meet Norma, Henley’s IdeaFest 2018 winner

A delicious, innovative and healthy business idea that surprised all of the 6 judges was this year’s IdeaFest winner! Imagine the best brownie you’ve ever had, made out of water, oil, Norma veggie mix and… salad!Yep, you read right, Norma brownies are vegan, have about 50% less calories than a normal brownie (466 calories per…

Do we need a ‘new normal’ to make business good again?

Dr Kleio Akrivou, a judge for our student Henley Challenge competition, shares her thoughts on the Henley Challenge ‘Social change…business gain’ theme question and advice for students taking up the Challenge: This year’s Henley Challenge theme is tricky and will surely stretch you intellectually and in the impact you make as presenters: Social change…business gain How…

Henley Challenge 2016: A throwback worth reflecting

The Henley Challenge appealed to me for several reasons; I thrive off competition and there is no competition without diversity, I was competing with other undergraduates right through to PhD students that were either in a team or presenting on their own. In essence you could say it was The X Factor for business. Although…

Write a great proposal for social change

Jurek Sikorski, a mentor for our student Henley Challenge competition, shares his tips for creating a strong proposal for the competition and answering the theme question: ‘Social change…business gain How can your sector or field contribute to creating a better society for all and still meet shareholder demands?’ A well written proposal will improve your chances…

Henley Challenge 2017: why you should…

The Henley Challenge may seem like quite a daunting prospect from the outside.  You’re being invited to come up with something clever to say for 10 minutes and then deliver it professionally in front of the School’s senior faculty members and, more importantly, a good number of your own peers.  However, having been a finalist…

One year later…

It’s that time of year again, and no, I’m not referring to Christmas; it’s the Henley Challenge season! This time last year, I was contemplating whether enrolling in this competition would be a smart investment of my time and effort. Looking back now, I’m so glad I made the right choice of signing up. As…

The secret to better business management – Mum’s the word…

There is a widespread perception that in business you must be ruthlessly competitive in order to survive and more importantly GROW. A constant battle with the competition to have the best products, secure the biggest market share and ultimately win. The result is business culture where competitiveness is rewarded and those who fail to show…

Henley Challenge 2015: My 15 Minutes

On average, a typical University of Reading student receives 6.34 billion e-mails a day… so I must admit that I surprised myself when I actually read the one our department sent-out regarding the Henley Challenge in full! Something about the whole idea seemed very interesting to me, and I made a mental note to get…