Undergraduate Non-Profit Case Competition Hosted by McDonough and Hilltop Consultants

April 08, 2008 bsc_rs11978_350

On the weekend of March 27th, twelve teams representing some of the country's top undergraduate business programs competed in the Business Strategy Challenge (BSC), a business case competition hosted by Hilltop Consultants and the McDonough School of Business. Hilltop Consultants is an undergraduate, student-run consulting organization that began hosting this competition in 2005. The case was presented on Thursday night, and teams of four students had 36 hours to develop strategic recommendations for the client organization. On Saturday morning, each team presented its solution to a panel of judges made up of professors, representatives from the client organization, and professional consultants.

The BSC is unique because it is the only live, non-profit case competition in the country. A "live" case is one that is based on a current problem facing the client. This year, the client was the D.C. public charter school Academy for Learning Through the Arts. ALTA was very pleased with the recommendations presented by students, which focused on developing a comprehensive fundraising plan for the school to use as it strives to expand its number of students and become more financially sustainable.

A team representing the University of Florida won first place, the Georgetown team came in second, and third place went to a team from the University of Washington. The four members of the Georgetown team, all students in the MSB, were Maximillienne Laurent, Perryne Vyas, Brian Brush, and Paul Campbell. The other nine teams competing represented the following universities: the University of Pennsylvania, Boston College, Villanova University, Emory University, Northeastern University, Clemson University, Carnegie Mellon University, Southern Methodist University, and Georgia Tech.

For more information, please visit the event's website at http://challenge.msb.edu.

About the Robert Emmett McDonough School of Business

Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business is a premier business school located in the nation's capital. Founded in 1957 to educate undergraduate business students through the integration of liberal arts and professional education, the McDonough School today welcomes approximately 1,300 undergraduates, 620 MBA students, and more than 500 participants in its executive education programs annually. For more information about the McDonough School, visit http://msb.georgetown.edu.

About Georgetown University

Georgetown University is the oldest Catholic and Jesuit university in America, founded in 1789 by Archbishop John Carroll. Georgetown today is a major student-centered, international, research university offering respected undergraduate, graduate and professional programs on its three campuses. For more information about Georgetown University, visit http://www.georgetown.edu.