All About the Case Competition

All About the Case Competition

You may have heard we are hosting a case competition for students and applications are starting this Fall! We have been giving you updates in our newsletters, but with the application process just around the corner, we thought it would be a good idea if you knew more about what this case competition is all about!

Case Competition Goal

The goal of this event is to challenge students to consider alternative strategies for understanding and addressing poverty. Students will not only learn about impact investing and international market development, but will also be challenged to develop the ability to address deeply rooted social issues by having the humility to see the world as it is, the audacity to imagine it as it could be, and the skills to execute on that vision. This understanding and development of moral imagination will be built through a series of four workshops and hands-on experience in the 24 hour case competition and minicase competition. Workshops will cover, through Acumen’s lens, strategies for case analysis, moving from strategy to implementation, development of effective presentations and the application of the principles by way of step-by-step mock case competition.

Students will:

1. Have an amazing time with the coolest student leaders in Calgary!

2. Develop an understanding of social enterprise, impact investing, and market based solutions to tackling poverty.

3. Learn frameworks for making effective decisions in complex situations.

4.  Develop leading-edge skills to identify and solve some of the world’s greatest challenges.

5.  Gain feedback and mentorship from international business professionals.

6.  Network with thought leaders.

7.  Have the opportunity to win prizes, including potential internship opportunities and exposure with leading Calgary employers.

Competition Structure

The competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students, from all disciplines, that attend Mount Royal University or the University of Calgary. It involves 4 half-day workshops, a 24 hour case competition and a mini-case competition for an internship in Kenya. Only students that apply and are selected to participate in the 24 hour case competition may also opt to compete in the mini-case competition for the Kenya internship.

Application and Registration Cost

Students can apply to compete in the 24 hour case competition individually or in teams of 4 and any student that applies to compete may also opt to compete in the mini-case competition for the Kenya internship.

To apply a student must apply by submitting an e-mail to Calgary@plusacumen.org

which sets out:

1. Contact information – the applicant’s and, if applicable, each team member’s full name, address, phone number and e-mail address.

2. Area of study – the name of the applicant’s and, if applicable, each team member’s university, faculty and area of concentration.

3.  Statement of intent – the reasons the applicant or the applicant’s team, as applicable, wish to participate in the competition and what they hope to learn from the experience.

4. + Mini-Case Competition – whether the applicant or, if applicable, any team members wish to compete in the mini-case competition for the Kenya internship.

The response to the key question may be submitted in any format (e.g., written, video, PowerPoint, etc.), but must be no more than 200 words or 3 minutes in length or it will not be considered.

The deadline for submitting an application is 5 p.m. on October 4, 2013.

There are a limited number of spots available! Applicants that are accepted will be notified by Calgary+acumen on or before 5 p.m. on October 4, 2013 and will be required to pay a one-time registration fee of $100 per person. The fee includes the 4 half-day workshops, participation in the 24 hour case competition and, if applicable, participation in the mini-case competition for the Kenya internship.

If you have any questions or are in need of more information do not hesitate to send us an email and make sure to put case competition in the subject line! calgary@plusacumen.org