Case competitions are an integral part of the Broad MBA experience. They give students the opportunity to hone their skills and showcase their talent in real-world business situations.
External case competitions, including some of the most highly regarded national competitions, provide you with the chance to demonstrate your ability to potential employers. Some also offer start-up funding and mentorship for winners.
First-year MBA students compete in four-person teams in the annual Broad vs. Broad Case Competition. Teams have 24 hours to complete an analysis of a case and to prepare a presentation to deliver to a panel of industry, alumni, and faculty judges. The event is a highlight of the MBA program and receives financial support from corporate sponsors.
The Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation hosts the Broad MBA Business Plan Competition in collaboration with the Broad MBA program. The competition is designed to foster creativity, leadership, and learning through the process of creating new innovative business ventures. Winners are chosen based on a set of criteria including the viability of their business plan, the scalability of their idea, its growth opportunities, and the likelihood to receive future venture capital. Cash prizes of up to $5,000 are awarded.
First-year MBA students are eligible to participate in the Fisher Invitational Case Competition at Ohio State University. Teams of students have 24 hours to analyze a complex business case for a middle-market company and recommend a strategic response. Teams present their recommendations to a panel of judges comprised of leaders from the company being analyzed and other industry executives. The winning team’s recommendations are often implemented, giving students the opportunity to influence actual corporate decision-making.
The Net Impact Case Competition is a national competition affiliated with Net Impact, an nonprofit organization committed to mobilizing young professionals to drive transformational change in their workplaces and the world. The competition encourages students to develop strategies that integrate social, political, and environmental issues and that lay the foundation to meet corporate goals in these areas. Teams from the nation’s top business schools travel to Boulder, Colorado, for the annual competition, where their efforts are judged by sustainability experts and industry leaders.