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Poets & Quants 20 TOP BUSINESS SCHOOL CASE COMPETITIONS
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.
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?