|THE FINAL RESULT: "WSP rejoice as 'Building Suspense' are crowned Champions!"|
In one of the closest finishes in the Competition History, and having timed their run perfectly to the top, "Building Suspense" (WSP US, United States) held onto the lead in the final round to be crowned as the Enginuity 2020 Champions with a finishing score of 2,970 pts, and in doing so ensured that not only did the title return to WSP after their last success two years ago, but also that the United States have trumped their rival countries once more by producing the winning team for the fourth consecutive year, despite strong competition from across the globe. The victory for the team from New York was made even more impressive because none of the team had took part in an Enginuity Competition before, and this will give great encouragement to future teams in the same position.
In a tense final round the leading three teams all grew by between 4% and 5%, and it meant that the "Jersey Geoengineers" (Parsons, United States) could not quite close the gap to the leaders, and for the second successive year they finished runners up, but still a notable achievement, and they were only 15 points adrift at the end. "Hatcha La vista" (Hatch, Canada) moved back up one place to finish 3rd, and despite launching a more powerful Death Star toward the end it was not quite enough for "J-EMPIRE II" (Jacobs, UK) to quell the rebellion as they dropped one place to fourth, but they were the top placed UK team in this year's Competition. Such was the measure of quality between the finalists that there was less than 50 points between the top four team at the end, and all the way down the final table the teams should be proud of their performance, finishing in the top 12 of another large international field of 200 starters, a superb effort, and they would all be a sound long term investment if it was the real world.
The journey has certainly been a long one for the finalists, involving three and half simulated years of management through the early and later years, both in the UK and globally. The global nature of the challenge opened up numerous strategies that could have been adopted, and the teams will look back at their own, and whether they would have done things differently if they could start all over again. In the end there can only be one winner, but they have all demonstrated that they have developed exceptional management skills, combined with effective team dynamics, both essential drivers to success.