The Kaplan Business Challenge

The Kaplan Business Challenge is a two-day experiential business and finance management training program used by leading global companies throughout the world to develop executive capability.

In this real life business simulation, participants must work together as the senior management team to turn a failing former multi-million dollar company back into a success story.

Energise your staff, increase productivity, and improve knowledge and skills in the areas of:

  • Business plans and budgets
  • Cash-flow management
  • Market assessment and sales forecasting
  • Financial statement analysis
  • Negotiation and delegation
  • Team building

Click here to read about the Kaplan Business Challenge in The Weekend Australian.

  • Program details
    • Venue:

      Level 4, 45 Clarence Street, Sydney 2000


      Intermediate to advanced


      $1050 (incl. GST) per individual participant

      $3960 (incl. GST) per team of four

  • Learning outcomes
    • Teams are pitched against each other as they fight for market share one minute and form alliances the next. By negotiating with stakeholders and competitors, participants develop skills such as:

      • Managing a company in a highly competitive environment.
      • Connecting every day business decisions with their financial consequences.
      • Improving operational performance through better cash flow, reporting and management.
      • Using financial methodology to analyse strategies and evaluate decisions.
      • Identifying key drivers of shareholder value.
  • Management training like none other
    • Participants analyse market projections and determine the overall corporate strategy for the business before developing detailed operational plans covering sales, purchasing and production.

      As they put their plans into action, they will learn how to manage working capital, negotiate with banks and create shareholder value. By preparing the company financial statements and analysing their impact, they see the financial consequences of their decisions before reporting back to shareholders.

      At the end of the two-day experience, teams learn how their strategic, tactical and operational decisions impact the success or failure of a business.  Furthermore, they will remember their training experience long after they have left the classroom through this interactive, stimulating and competitive delivery method.

  • Who should attend?
    • The challenge is designed to build teamwork across multiple departments and business units and is ideal for any professional wishing to understand the broader implications of strategy, finance and risk management.

      Previous participants include: executives, directors, managers, financial controllers, advisers, boards of directors, business bankers and project managers.

      This is suitable for HR, Marketing, Product development, Sales, Customer Service, Information Technology, Operations, Finance.

  • How to register
    • Download and complete an enrolment form and return it to:, alternatively call us on 1300 728 505.

      This program can also be customised and delivered at your premises. Call Corporate Solutions to discuss your training needs.

  • About the facilitator
    • The facilitator is the program’s designer, Phil Todd who will be in Australia especially to run the training. Phil is based in Kaplan’s London office where he has been designing, developing and delivering training solutions with Kaplan Financial for over 25 years. 

      The Kaplan Business Challenge has been adopted across the globe with great success. Organisations who have become advocates of the program include PricewaterhouseCoopers, HSBC, the BBC, Sony and CitiGroup.

      Be the first to experience it in Australia.

  • CPD Points
    • Certificates of attendance will be given to participants. Attendance of the two-day program may attract CPD points. 

  • Testimonials from previous participants
    • ‘Phil Todd is an exceptional presenter who breaks down the finance side of the business into understandable chunks. I now have a better understanding of my business and feel confident to make better financial decisions.’
      Max Williams

      ‘The competition of the Challenge is completely all engrossing. My every waking minute whilst I was in the challenge had me thinking of how I could make better decisions, how to innovate and win.’
      Gareth Smith

      ‘I really enjoyed the team environment; working with some talented people was truly inspiring. There were some tough times in the challenge but the team dynamic was thoroughly enjoyable.’
      Sarah Coster