Case Competitions

Case study competitions go beyond inventing a solution to a hypothetical situation. Students at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business pit their skills in innovation and business acumen to offer solutions to actual challenges faced by leaders in today’s marketplace. The McDonough School of Business competes very strongly against teams from top business schools. Here are some examples:

 
Strategy World Cup
 
The invitation-only competition challenges graduate students from around the world to tackle tough, global challenges in the intersection of business strategy and public policy. All teams consist of two to four students and must include at least one MBA student. Teams are encouraged to include a mix of individuals from business, policy and other graduate programs as the case requires a broad spectrum of skills, expertise, and experience.
 
ACG Cup
 
The ACG Cup resulted in Georgetown’s team defeating other regional teams, including American University, Howard University, and the University of Maryland, earning the top prize. This is the first year that Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business entered the competition, which required the team to provide analysis and advice to a company considering an acquisition offer and defend their decisions to a panel of investment professionals. Team members included second-year MBA students and one first-year student.
 
Sponsored by the Association for Corporate Growth, the ACG Cup gives students from leading MBA programs across the country experience and insights into mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, financial advisory, and private equity. The competition is carried out through a series of intra-school and regional competitions, with regional winners awarded the ACG Cup title and cash awards.
 
Mid-Atlantic Regional Venture Capital Investment Competition
 
Georgetown’s team won first place at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Venture Capital Investment Competition, held at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa., defeating teams from Indiana University, the University of Maryland, the University of Rochester, the University of Virginia, and Vanderbilt University. The team will advance to the International VCIC Finals in April at the University of North Carolina. Before participating in the regional competition, the team of mostly second-year MBA students was selected from among 13 teams that competed internally to represent Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business at the event.
 
The VCIC gives MBA students from top business schools a realistic venture capital experience in a competitive environment. Teams of MBA students are placed in the role of venture capital firms deciding among various investment opportunities from real companies that are seeking venture capital investment. Venture capitalists serve on a judging panel and select the top teams to win a cash prize.
 
International Sports MBA Case Competition
 
A team of students from the Georgetown Entertainment and Media Alliance were awarded first place in the San Diego Padres/San Diego State University International Sports MBA Case Competition, defeating teams from Columbia University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, New York University, San Diego State University, the University of California at Los Angeles, the University of Michigan, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Southern California. MBA students were asked to analyze the development of new revenue streams for the San Diego Padres after recent ownership changes and efforts to rebuild the sports franchise.
 
During the San Diego State University International Sports MBA Case Competition, teams of four MBA students are given 24 hours to develop a solution to an international sports-related consulting exercise and then present their research to a panel of sports industry executives, who grade the presentations based on the creativity and efficacy of the proposed solutions. The cases are multidisciplinary, always focused on global sports issues, and require the use of skills developed in core MBA curricula.