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Business School students reach CPA Big Break National Final

19 Sep 2012

Two students from the University of Sydney Business School have reached the National Final of the 2012 CPA Big Break competition. Gareth Pan and Louis Chu edged out a strong field of competitors in the first NSW round, presenting a pitch that identified the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of not-for-profit organisation Make-a-Wish in Australia and New Zealand.

"It is very exciting to be chosen for the national final, considering the large number of entrants in the competition this year," said Louis Chu, a fifth-year Commerce/Law student with the Business School. "It was a great opportunity to present in front of CPA and Industry representatives and we are looking forward to presenting again in Melbourne."

"The Business School education at Sydney University has provided us with well-rounded training allowing us to maximise our potential," Louis said. "Core finance, accounting and strategy subjects allowed us to apply technical knowledge to substantially increase the depth of our analysis. Importantly, the Business School's focus on other key attributes including teamwork, presentation skills and adaptability also allowed us to excel in the competition."

"The standard of entries in The CPA Big Break Project this year has been higher than ever before, with undergraduates from all over Australia and New Zealand submitting creative and innovative entries," said CPA Australia CEO Alex Malley. "Now that the finalists have been chosen, I encourage them to use this experience as a platform to launch their careers into the business world."

The National Final will be held in Melbourne, and the winners announced at a gala dinner on 3 October, 2012.