Scrutiny and intense time pressure—these are the hallmarks of the Ivy College of Business MBA Case Competition held on December 6.
In its 15th year, the competition challenged groups of second-year MBA students to come up with solutions to a theoretical problem about how a brick and mortar business can compete in a digital space.
“This competition is the culmination of many [academic] efforts,” said competition founder, Bill Kalm (’73 industrial administration; ’77 MS industrial administrative sciences). “It will prepare [students] for what is to come.”
As an opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge, participants received the details of the case on Thursday morning. Twenty-four hours later, they presented their solutions to a panel of judges.
“It was nerve-racking standing in front of industry professionals, knowing it was their job to scrutinize every detail of our solution,” said Jace Eberly, member of the winning team.
After several qualifying rounds, three finalists competed for the top prize in front of a new group of judges.
Qianshan (Rock) Ji, Tyler Kutz, Liera Bender, and Eberly took first prize, walking away with a $1000 scholarship for each team member.
Zach Woodbeck, Riley Meyers, Maddie Hagerty, and Cole Haverkamp took second, which comes with a $500 scholarship.
Sam Woeber, Michael Hiraldo-Santana, Carley Fulcher, and Abderrahmane Darouich earned the $250 third prize.
“Being able to use the skills we learned while acquiring our MBA, combining it with our undergrad knowledge, and bringing it all together in less than 24 hours was both an exhausting and incredibly rewarding experience,” said Eberly. “We were honored to be able to compete.”