Global PRO Challenge 2021

A GLOBAL LEARNING EXPERIENCE ON SUPPLY CHAIN RESILIENCE!
WIN AN EXECED SCM COURSE AT MIT!

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Global PRO Challenge Concept

The Global PRO Finalists 2019 (10 teams) together with our competition partners.

Every year, professional teams from hundreds of companies all around the world go through public supply chain management trainings with the business simulation game The Fresh Connection. The unique learning experience people go through in The Fresh Connection is built on experiential learning and given it’s track record (e.g. 40% of Fortunes’ top 100 manufacturers), it can be considered a proven concept.

The idea is that teams of four take on four management roles: supply chain, operations, sales and purchasing. The teams are then challenged to make the best strategic and tactical choices to save a virtual manufacturing company, The Fresh Connection, from financial ruin. The public training sessions are organized by our Challenge Partners and are a meaningful learning experiences in their own right.

For teams who want to go for the extra mile and benchmark their Value Chain Management skills against the best in the world, we organize the yearly Global PRO Challenge. Here we pit teams from across the globe against each other. Only the best progress to the Global Final where they battle for the World Champion title of Supply Chain Management and an ExecEd SCM course at MIT!

All editions of the Challenge have a supply chain theme. Some themes from recent years are: Constrained Capacity, Carbon Footprint, Strategic and Functional Alignment (S&OP), and more!

Read on for more information on this year’s theme, how to join, pricing and setup!

Team Johnson & Johnson from Russia at the Global PRO Final in Athens, Greece.

Supply Chain Resilience

This year’s edition of the Global PRO Challenge is all about Supply Chain Resilience.

Teams who join the challenge this year will face a specific setup in which they have to manage a supply chain in a way that it is prepared for the unexpected. In other words: Can you mitigate black swans under time pressure, be the fastest to recover and get back to a stable situation?

We don’t want to give away too much… register to find out what exactly a resilient supply chain entails during the learning experience that the Global PRO Challenge offers.

Why you should join the Global PRO Challenge?

Experience the power of true alignment
Increase cross-functional knowledge and awareness
Develop advanced decision-making skills
Learn how to effectively manage trade-offs
Gain knowledge of how to put Strategy into Action
See that benefits of collaboration are measurable
Learn to challenge decisions and underlying assumptions
Build effective teams
Achieve national and international recognition
Be rewarded for excellence
Expand your international network
Become The Fresh Connection World Champion

Global PRO Final

Every year the highlight of the Global PRO Challenge is the battle for the world champion title in the Global PRO Final!

The best performing teams from the Global PRO Challenge gather online for the Global PRO Final. This is where the battle really begins and you can benchmark your skills against the best in the world!

In November 2020, for the first time, we hosted the Global PRO Final online due to the pandemic. Watch the video to get an impression of this novel event which took place in an immersive 3D online environment. In 2021 we will go virtual again to give certainty regarding the venue to all participants.

Pricing

Our Challenge Partners offer various public trainings. Check out which ones are available in your country (see country list below).

Alternatively, we also have a basic training at a fixed price.

Screenshot of a private room in the 3D environment platform, VirBELA.
Basic training setup (fixed price) Various public training offerings for your country
Training format Self-Paced Training (three rounds of The Fresh Connection before the start of the challenge) Public training offerings before the start of the challenge, such as:
  • Guided trainings including debriefs and networking
  • Bootcamps
  • Local challenges
  • & more
Challenge format Three rounds of The Fresh Connection in April / May or September / October (focus: Supply Chain Resilience) Three rounds of The Fresh Connection (focus: Supply Chain Resilience)
Price 900€ per team (250€ for individuals) On request
How to sign up Sign up directly with our Challenge Partners (see country list below)
The world Trophy for the champions of the Global PRO Final 2020.

The Champions

The best performing teams from the Global PRO Challenge gather for the Global PRO Final. Besides recognition and fame, the Global PRO Final Champions will win an intensive four-day Executive Education SCM course at MIT in Cambridge, MA, USA, worth $5,995 per participant.

How to join the Challenge?

Step 1

Register

Participants can register as a company team (members from the same company) or register to become part of an individuals team.

If needed we will support with team formation.

Sign up through us Sign up with our Challenge Partners
Where to sign up? Right here! Sign up directly with our Challenge Partners
What do I sign up for? Once you sign up here, you automatically enter the self-paced training phase (see step 2). Signing up includes the Global PRO Challenge rounds. Public training by our local Challenge Partner (see step 2). Signing up includes the Global PRO Challenge rounds.
Sign up for the basic training
Sign up on the website of the Challenge Partner from your country (see country list above)

Step 2

Training

Any time before April 19th (April – May Edition)

or before September 13th (September – October Edition)

Before the start of the challenge, participants experience three self-paced training rounds with The Fresh Connection or join public training sessions offered by the Challenge Partner from the participants’ country.

Step 3

Global PRO Challenge (online)

April – May Edition: April 19th – May 28th

September – October Edition: September 13th – October 22nd

After the training phase (step 2), the teams are ready to enter the Global PRO Challenge. Here the teams will experience three rounds of The Fresh Connection as they compete against the best value chain management teams from across the globe. This year’s challenge experience is themed around Supply Chain Resilience. Each round in The Fresh Connection typically takes 2-3 hours to complete. Teams can choose whether to participate in the April & May edition or in the September & October edition.

Step 4

Global Pro Final

November

The best performing teams from the Global PRO Challenge gather for the Global PRO Final.

Besides recognition and fame, the Final’s winning team claims the title of
The Fresh Connection
Global PRO Challenge
World Champion

and wins four-day Executive Education SCM course at MIT, worth $5,995 per participant

Sign up now and become a part of #GPC2021!

Sign up through us Sign up with our Challenge Partners
Where to sign up? Right here! Sign up directly with our Challenge Partners
What do I sign up for? Once you sign up here, you automatically enter the self-paced training phase (see step 2). Signing up includes the Global PRO Challenge rounds. Public training by our local Challenge Partner (see step 2). Signing up includes the Global PRO Challenge rounds.
Sign up on the website of the Challenge Partner from your country (see country list above)

In collaboration with our Challenge Partners