Stanford GSB | Ms. 2+2 Tech Girl
GRE 333, GPA 3.95
Ross | Mr. Automotive Compliance Professional
GMAT 710, GPA 3.7
Wharton | Mr. Digi-Transformer
GMAT 680, GPA 4
Stanford GSB | Ms. Healthcare Operations To General Management
GRE 700, GPA 7.3
Chicago Booth | Ms. CS Engineer To Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.31
Kenan-Flagler | Mr. Engineer In The Military
GRE 310, GPA 3.9
Chicago Booth | Mr. Oil & Gas Leader
GMAT 760, GPA 6.85/10
Stanford GSB | Mr. Seeking Fellow Program
GMAT 760, GPA 3
Wharton | Mr. Real Estate Investor
GMAT 720, GPA 3.3
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Chef Instructor
GMAT 760, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Climate
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Wharton | Mr. New England Hopeful
GMAT 730, GPA 3.65
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Bangladeshi Data Scientist
GMAT 760, GPA 3.33
Harvard | Mr. Military Banker
GMAT 740, GPA 3.9
Ross | Ms. Packaging Manager
GMAT 730, GPA 3.47
Chicago Booth | Mr. Private Equity To Ed-Tech
GRE 326, GPA 3.4
Harvard | Mr. Gay Singaporean Strategy Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.3
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Electric Vehicles Product Strategist
GRE 331, GPA 3.8
Columbia | Mr. BB Trading M/O To Hedge Fund
GMAT 710, GPA 3.23
Columbia | Mr. Old Indian Engineer
GRE 333, GPA 67%
Harvard | Mr. Athlete Turned MBB Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Ross | Mr. Civil Rights Lawyer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.62
Stanford GSB | Mr. Co-Founder & Analytics Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 7.4 out of 10.0 - 4th in Class
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Environmental Sustainability
GMAT N/A, GPA 7.08
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Trucking
GMAT 640, GPA 3.82
Ross | Mr. Low GRE Not-For-Profit
GRE 316, GPA 74.04% First Division (No GPA)
Harvard | Mr. Marine Pilot
GMAT 750, GPA 3.98

Guide To MBA Case Competitions

Chicago Booth's winning team from the 2015 Kellogg Biotech & Healthcare Case Competition

Chicago Booth’s winning team from the 2015 Kellogg Biotech & Healthcare Case Competition

There’s far more to an MBA case competition than the battle among students and schools. While there is plenty to be learned from working under the gun on a dreadfully tight deadline, there’s at least as much to be gained, career-wise, from participating an event that typically brings together dozens or hundreds of very bright, connected people, and highly engaged company representatives on the lookout for new talent.

Most case competitions follow a theme, which can vary from supply chain, to finance, to sustainability, to health care, to real estate. Some take place over a weekend; others are conducted in stages, over weeks. Some competitions are invitation-only, others are by application.

Aspen Institute Case Competition trophies

Aspen Institute Case Competition trophies

But while the focuses and formats of case competitions can vary quite widely, they all share a dual purpose: to advance students’ business skills, and to help students build connections that will aid in their career development. Many opportunities exist at each competition – often including organized networking events – to interact with peers from other schools, and representatives from sponsoring companies who often use their participation for recruiting.

And of course there’s the cash. Most of the top case competitions have first prize awards of $5,000 to $10,000, but the winning team’s take can go all the way up to $25,000.

Enter a case competition and while learning under extreme pressure, you may win thousands of dollars, make valuable contacts, experience the thrill of victory (or the agony of defeat), even line up a job: what’s not to like?

20 TOP BUSINESS SCHOOL CASE COMPETITIONS (alphabetical):

Aspen Institute Business & Society International MBA Case Competition

Finals, April 16-17, New York City

2014 winner: Laurier School of Business & Economics, Waterloo, Canada

Prize pool: approximately $35,000

Focus: intersection of corporate profitability and positive social and environmental impact

Open to: MBA students

Biopharma MBA Case Competition – Rutgers University

Annual, November

2014 winner: Rutgers

First prize: $6,000

Focus: real-world pharmaceutical industry problems

Open to: MBA students

BNY Mellon Katz Invitational Case Competition – University of Pittsburg Katz Graduate School of Business

Annual, January

2015 winner: University of Washington Foster School of Business

First prize (2015): $10,000

Focus: corporate social responsibility in the energy industry

Open to: MBA students

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