A team from the Carlson School took first place at the Medtronic Case Competition on September 30. Team members include Caleb Murphy, Alex Fang, Sam Gillmer, Brian Thompson, Jon Taves, and Ashley Soukup. Feng and Murphy are both MBA/MD students.
The team went up against five other teams internally in order to compete in the finals held on Medtronic’s campus. In the finals, the Carlson School defeated the Ross School of Business and the Darden School of Business to take first place and $4,000. This was the eighth year of the competition, but only the third time the Carlson School competed against outside teams.
The case topic was “Medtronic Neurosurgery-Navigating the Future with Surgical Robots.” The Carlson School team worked with the school’s Executive in Residence team to polish its presentation and go-to-market strategy, which it executed flawlessly, said MBA student Paul Hinz. Hinz, along with fellow MBA student Josh Savrin, led the planning process and handled all the logistics of the competition. “The Carlson School was head and shoulders more prepared than its competitors,” Hinz said.