Case Competitions

MBA Case Competition Winners, 2008

Case competitions allow first-year MBA students an opportunity to demonstrate in a practical way their professional development after the initial year of the program.  Easily one of the most anticipated events of the program, the case competition is the first comprehensive test of strategic thinking and analytical skills first-year MBA s encounter.  At the start of the competition, teams are given a general management case that examines broad strategy issues facing a company.   

Thirty-two teams submit their analyses and recommendations in written and oral presentations.  Four teams advance to the final round, which is judged by a panel of distinguished business leaders who act as the company’s board of directors. 

Case competitions will give you the opportunity to demonstrate and develop your communication and collaboration skills and to strategize business challenges in real time.  Some have even landed job offers through the experience. 

Smith MBA Case Competition Highlights

1st Place

Event: Sony Marketing Strategy Case Competition, 2011
Dates/Location: Feb. 18–19  in San Diego, Calif.; 60 MBA students from the United States and Japan were selected by Sony to compete
Smith Participants: 1st-year MBA Lakshmi Sankar

1st Place

Event: ACG Cup Case Competition, 2011
Participating Schools: Georgetown University, American University, George Washington University, and University of Maryland 
Smith Participants: MBAs Derek Criswell, Elan Rozmaryn, Nicolas Godfrey, and Quint Mansell 
Prize: $1,500

1st Place

Event: Rutgers MBA Supply Chain Case Competition, 2010
Participating Schools: Rutgers University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Lehigh University, University of Delaware, and Syracuse University 
Smith Participants: MBAs Vivek Srivastava, Jayraj Ganesh, Chia-Chia Chang, and Srivatsakumar Sarvepalli 
Prize: $750

1st Place

Event: Booz Allen Hamilton Case Competition, 2008
Dates/Location: Feb. 8 in College Park, Md.; Robert H. Smith School of Business, 
Participating Schools: Georgetown, George Washington University, Howard University
Smith Participants: 1st-year MBA students David Adams, Emily Chan, Zach Girod, Josh Merchlinski
Prize: $6,000

1st Place

Event: The MBA Stock Pitch Competition, 2007
Dates/Location: Nov. 2 in Ithaca, N.Y.; Johnson School of Business, Cornell University
Participating Schools: 12 in total, including Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Michigan, North Carolina, Northwestern, NYU, UVA, Wharton
Smith Participants: 2nd-year MBA students Siddharth Matur, Alex Obaza, Eric Olesh
Prize: $3,000

1st Place

Event: Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Mergers & Acquisitions Case Competition 
Dates/Location: Feb. 11 in Washington, D.C.
Participating Schools: George Mason, George Washington University, University of Virginia
Smith Participants: 2nd-year MBA students Jonathan Steele, Alex Obaza, Denny Chu, Fang Fang
Prize: $10,000

1st Place

Event: Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC), Mid-Atlantic Region
Dates/Location: Feb. 15 in Philadelphia, Pa.; Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania
Participating Schools: Georgetown, Indiana University, University of Rochester, Vanderbilt University, University of Virginia
Smith Participants: Executive MBA students Scott Clark, Parag Sheth, and 1st-year MBA students Reed Atkin, Jonathan Mervis, Ahmadali Arabshahi. 
Prize: $1,500

1st Place

Event: The FedEx Freight International Graduate Logistics Case Competition, 2008 
Dates/Location: Mar. 1 in Fayetteville, Ark.; University of Arkanasas, Sam M. Walton College of Business
Participant Schools: 20 in total, including Brigham Young, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin.
Smith Participants: 2nd-year MBA students Brandon Yamashita, Eduardo Vargas, Songtao Yu, and 1st-year MBA students Arun Karthikeyan, Anirudhta Roy Chowdhury, Girish Jaguste 
Prize: $3,000

2nd Place

Event: Howard MBA Exclusive Minority Case Competition, 2008
Dates/Location: Nov. 2 in Washington, D.C.; Howard University Graduate School of Business, Howard University
Participating Schools: Howard, Morgan State, Penn State, Rensselaer, Syracuse, Wake Forest 
Smith Participants: 2nd-year MBA students John Bullock, Tekisha Harvey, Ngozi Pole
Prize: $3,000

2nd Place

Event: Purdue University’s Global Supply Chain Case Competition, 2008
Dates/Location: Feb. 14-15 in West Lafayette, Ind.; Krannert School of Management, Purdue University
Participating schools: 14 in total, including Dartmouth, Indiana, Michigan, UNC, Northwestern, Purdue, and UCLA
Smith participants: 2nd-year MBA student Songtao Yu, and 1st-year MBA students Girish Jaguste, Abhinav Dass, Aniruhda Roy Chowdhury.
Prize: $2,000