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Business Case Competition 2010



Get ready to think like a Pro

We know you always wanted to gain invaluable experience in management consulting, find the best solutions to a real business case, deliver the most powerful presentation as a team and network with professionals from world's top consulting firms.

Then what are you waiting for?

The University of Toronto Business Case Competition is coming back this year.

If you are chosen as one of the 15 successfully admitted teams, you will have three days to solve a real business case selected from the Harvard Business Review, and the chance to present your results to professionals from world's top consulting firms. First, Second and Third place teams will be awarded cash prizes...And more!

So get ready with your creative strategies!

Application open from November 16 to December 18. For more information and application instructions, browse through the links on the left. We look forward to your application!

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Application Process


How to participate:
  1. Join the University of Toronto Consulting Association
  2. Read the rules of the competition
  3. Create a team of four current University of Toronto undergraduate students (full-time or part-time, including PEY students) Students from all three University of Toronto campuses are invited to participate.
  4. Fill out the application form
  5. Send the application to [email protected] with title "Case Comp Application" by 5pm (EST), Friday December 18
If selected, you will need to
  1. Send in a cheque of $50.00 payable to "University of Toronto Consulting Association" to the address below by January 10, 2010University of Toronto Consulting Association
    c/o The University of Toronto Students Union
    12 Hart House Circle
    Toronto, ON
    M5S 3J9
  2. Attend the Case Prep Session on January 18, 2010
  3. Attend the Competition on January 23, 2010

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Important Dates


Wednesday November 16th, 2009 Online Registration Opens
Friday December 18th, 2009 Online Registration closes at 5:00 pm (EST)
Friday January 10th, 2010 Registration fee must be paid by midnight
Monday January 18th, 2010 Business Case Competition Prep Session
Tuesday January 19th, 2010 Business Case and Schedule to be sent via emails to teams
Saturday January 23rd, 2010 Business Case Competition 2010

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Competition Rules & Notices


  1. Registration
  2. All participants must be current University of Toronto undergraduate students (full-time or part-time, including PEY students). Students from all three University of Toronto campuses are invited to participate.
  3. Teams will not be allowed to reclaim the registration fee after the deadline on January 10th.
  4. UTCA will evaluate the team's application as a whole and accept the best 15 teams, additional teams will be waitlisted. Application results (Accept,Reject or Waitlisted) will be available on January 5. Should a team withdraw or fail to submit their registration fee by the January 10 deadline, waitlisted teams will be notified by e-mail.
  5. Teams are not admitted to the Business Case Competition until they are selected and notified by UTCA as so.
    Presentations
  6. Teams must have signed-in at the UTCA welcome desk no later than 15 minutes prior to the start of their presentation time slot.
  7. Each team will be given a 30 minute time slot between 9:15 - 11:45 am for the First Round, consisting of 5 minutes setup, 15 minutes presentation, 5 - 10 minutes Q&A.
  8. If any one of the 4 members is late or not present during the start of the team's presentation (without valid reason), 5 percentage points will be deducted from the 'Presentation' category of the marking scheme. Teams require a minimum of 3 members present in order to compete.
  9. Each member of the team is required to present material (applies to both rounds).
  10. There are no limits to the sources used in making the presentation.
    Judging
  11. The presentation in the first round will not count in the evaluation of the presentation in the Final Round.
  12. Judges are not to allocate the same total score to any team within the same pool.
  13. Judges from each pool will choose the top team to present at the final round.
  14. The UTCA Executive will make final decisions for Honorary Award recipients based on nominations from Round 1 judges.
    Other
  15. The teams are not allowed to watch any of the other teams' presentations in the first round.
  16. Final round will be open attendance to teams and special guests.
  17. All material used and prepared during the case competition is the property of UofT Case Competition.
  18. Any violation of the rules above will result in immediate termination and disqualification of the team.
  19. The University of Toronto Consulting Association reserves the right to disqualify any team that conducts themselves in an unprofessional manner in any aspect of their participation in the Business Case Competition 2010.

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Evaluation Criteria


Each judge will evaluate each team on a scale of 100:

Analysis (25%)
  • Identified key problems
  • Used supporting facts/data
  • Drew accurate conclusions
  • Considered risk
  • Offered original insights
Recommendations (25%)
  • Followed logically from analysis
  • Dealt with all issues raised
  • Used decision criteria
  • Showed sound business judgment
  • End result was practical/realistic
Presentation (25%)
  • Spoke clearly and concisely
  • Structured storyline well
  • Slides were visually attractive
  • Showed enthusiasm and professionalism
Question & Answer (25%)
  • Answered question posed
  • Provided convincing explanations
  • Admitted weakness
  • Answered as a team

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Prizes


Grand Awards
  • 1st Place Overall ? $400
  • 2nd Place Overall ? $300
  • 3rd Place Overall ? $200
Honorary Certificates
  • Most Creative
  • Best Analysis
  • Best Communication
All competitors will receive a certificate of participation!

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Find Team Members


If you are looking for team members please complete the following form

Name
Year
Program
Campus

To see who else is looking for team members click
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Case Comp 2010 FAQ


Do I need any prior consulting experience?

No prior consulting experience is required, nor is it expected. Anyone with an interest in consulting, or who wishes to gain valuable experience is encouraged to participate! Case Competition is open to undergraduate students of all disciplines, faculties and campuses.

Can graduate students participate?

Due to the difference in experience and skill between undergraduate and graduate students, the Case Competition is only open to undergraduate students.

Can I form a team with less than four people?

Each team that registers must have four team members, and three must be present the day of the competition. It should be noted that if one of the four members is late or not present during the start of the team's presentation (without valid reason), 5 percentage points will be deducted from the 'Presentation' category of the marking scheme.

What if one or more of my team members unable to be present the day of the competition?

If there is a conflict you must notify UTCA as soon as possible. Teams may substitute team members up until the case is released.

Do I have to attend the Case Comp Prep session?

At least three members from each qualifying team must be present at the Case Comp Prep Session. Attendance will be taken at the start of the event. Teams that fail to attend the Prep Session without a legitimate reason will automatically be disqualified.

I have additional questions, whom do I contact?

Please use our Contact webpage to send us questions and requests about Case Comp. Select the "Case Comp" subject before submitting your comments.

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Business Case Competition 2009 Results


After a busy day of presentations and events, the UTCA Business Case Competition 2009 has drawn to a successful end! Congratulations to the Champions Derrick Fung, Darya Akulshyna, Hilori Kaloti, and Cici Liu of Team 12! We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the contestants for participating in the competition, and to all our audience for viewing the presentations.

We would also like to thank all the judges from our generous sponsors for their help and support of this event. Without them, this event would not have been possible:

Bain and Co: Bowie Cheung, Ian Crosby, Ada Shang
Deloitte: Rob Bucciarelli, Al Chick, R.Jesse McWaters
Boston Consulting Group: Faizal Ismail
McKinsey and Co: Fan Gao, Mohit Kansal
Oliver Wyman: Marcel Comtois, Elizabeth Swanton
ZS Associates: Michael Bales, Kevin Lau
Harvard Graduate Consulting Club: Ethan Karp

We sincerely hope everyone enjoyed the competition and we hope to see you all again next year!

You may also wish to visit our photo gallery where our photographer Tony Chen has captured some of the highlights of the event.

Winners:
Champion: Team 12 (Derrick Fung, Darya Akulshyna, Hilori Kaloti, and Cici Liu)
1st Runner Up: Team 14 (Anastasiya Povolotska, Maria Shibaeva, Thomas Snell, Jens Panek)
2nd Runner Up: Team 1 (Mohammad Emami, Pratik Mukerji, Elena Stumm, Kristen Facciol)



Competition Winners: Team 12


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Business Case Competition 2009


An Invaluable Business Experience

The UTCA case competition is a high profile one-day event, which provides a venue to share consulting strategies with other students and network with industry professionals. Teams consisting of four participants are given a case in which they analyze and provide a fifteen-minute presentation. The Business Case Competition will be held on January 24th 2009. Judges from the world's top management consulting firms will select the winners. Cash prizes will be awarded to the first, second, and third place teams.

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Four Steps to Register


  1. Create a team of four current University of Toronto undergraduate students (full-time or part-time, including PEY students). Students from all three University of Toronto campuses are invited to participate.
  2. Complete online application below by Friday December 12th, 2008 midnight.
  3. Submit $50.00 team registration fee and form in an envelope addressed to the “University of Toronto Consulting Association” at the Hart House Porter's Desk by December 12th, 2008.
  4. Attend the Business Case Competition Prep Session on January 20th, 2008 at 7:30pm in BA1200.
Registration is now closed!! Thank you to everyone who have shown interest! We will inform all teams of their registration status soon.

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Viewing the Competition


The 2009 Case Competition is open to all U of T students to view the final round presentations by the top competing teams, and the awards ceremony and reception with all teams and consultants.

Submit the $5.00 registration fee in an envelope addressed to the “University of Toronto Consulting Association” at the Hart House Porter's Desk by January 20th, 2009.

Be sure to include all of the following information:
  • Full name (please indicate your first and last name)
  • Year of study
  • Program
  • Email address

You will be contacted to confirm that your registration has been received. Once your registration has been confirmed your registration fee is no longer refundable.

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Important Dates


Wednesday Nov 26th, 2008 @ 9:00 am Online Registration Opens
Friday Dec 12th, 2008 @ Midnight: Online Registration closes
(Registration fee must be paid at Hart House Porter's desk by midnight of December 12th)
Tuesday January 20th, 2009 at 7:30pm Business Case Competition Prep Session (BA 1200)
Wednesday Jan 21st, 2009: Business Case and Schedule to be sent via emails to teams
Saturday Jan 24th, 2009 from 9 - 4 pm: Business Case Competition 2009 (Bahen Centre for Information Technology)

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Competition Schedule


9:00 - 11:30 am Team Registration / Check-in / Photos
9:00 - 9:30 am: Orientation session for judges
9:30 - 12:00 pm: Round 1 presentations (Consists of 3 Pools)
12:00 - 12:15 pm: Round 1 judges select top team in each pool and submit
nominations for Honorary Awards
12:00 - 1:00 pm: Lunch / Mix & Mingle
1:00 pm: Announcement of 1st place teams in each pool
1:00 - 2:30 pm: Final round presentation by top teams
2:30 - 3:00 pm: Final round judges select 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams
3:00 - 4:00 pm: Announcement of Honorary Award Winners and Case Competition Champions followed by Reception with all teams and consultants

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Competition Rules & Notices


  1. Registration
  2. All participants must be current University of Toronto undergraduate students (full-time or part-time, including PEY students). Students from all three University of Toronto campuses are invited to participate.
  3. Teams will not be allowed to reclaim the registration fee after the deadline on December 12th.
  4. UTCA will accept the first 14 teams registered online, additional teams will be waitlisted. Should a team withdraw or fail to submit their registration fee by the December 12th deadline, waitlisted teams will be notified by e-mail.
    Presentations
  5. Teams must have signed-in at the UTCA welcome desk no later than 30 minutes prior to the start of their presentation time slot.
  6. Each team will be given a 30 minute time slot between 9:15 - 11:45 am for the First Round, consisting of 5 minutes setup, 15 minutes presentation, 5 - 10 minutes Q&A.
  7. If any one of the 4 members is late or not present during the start of the team's presentation (without valid reason), 5 percentage points will be deducted from the 'Presentation' category of the marking scheme. Teams require a minimum of 3 members present in order to compete.
  8. Each member of the team is required to present material (applies to both rounds).
  9. There are no limits to the sources used in making the presentation.
    Judging
  10. The presentation in the preliminary round will not count in the evaluation of the presentation in the Final Round.
  11. Judges are not to allocate the same total score to any team within the same pool.
  12. Judges from each pool will choose the top team to present at the final round.
  13. The UTCA Executive will make final decisions for Honorary Award recipients based on nominations from Round 1 judges.
    Other
  14. The teams are not allowed to watch any of the other teams' presentations in the preliminary rounds. Furthermore, the finalists are not allowed to watch any of the other finalists' presentations preceding their own.
  15. Final round will be open attendance to teams, UTCA members, and special guests.
  16. All material used and prepared during the case competition is the property of UofT Case Competition.
  17. Any violation of the rules above will result in immediate termination and disqualification of the team.
  18. The University of Toronto Consulting Association reserves the right to disqualify any team that conducts themselves in an unprofessional manner in any aspect of their participation in the Business Case Competition 2008.

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Evaluation Criteria


Each judge will evaluate each team on a scale of 100:

Analysis (25%)
  • Identified key problems
  • Used supporting facts/data
  • Drew accurate conclusions
  • Considered risk
  • Offered original insights
Recommendations (25%)
  • Followed logically from analysis
  • Dealt with all issues raised
  • Used decision criteria
  • Showed sound business judgment
  • End result was practical/realistic
Presentation (25%)
  • Spoke clearly and concisely
  • Structured storyline well
  • Slides were visually attractive
  • Showed enthusiasm and professionalism
Question & Answer (25%)
  • Answered question posed
  • Provided convincing explanations
  • Admitted weakness
  • Answered as a team

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Prizes


Grand Awards
  • 1st Place Overall ? $200
  • 2nd Place Overall ? $150
  • 3rd Place Overall ? $100
Honorary Certificates
  • Most Creative
  • Best Analysis
  • Best Communication
All competitors will receive a certificate of participation!

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Our Sponsors


Platinum Sponsor
Bain & Company

Gold Sponsor
Deloitte Consulting

Silver Sponsors
Boston Consulting Group

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Judges & Guests 2009


  • Bain & Co.
  • Boston Consulting Group
  • Deloitte Consulting
  • McKinsey & Co.
  • Oliver Wyman
  • ZS Associates

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Case Comp 2009 FAQ


Do I need any prior consulting experience?

No prior consulting experience is required, nor is it expected. Anyone with an interest in consulting, or who wishes to gain valuable experience is encouraged to participate! Case Competition is open to undergraduate students of all disciplines, faculties and campuses.

Can graduate students participate?

Due to the difference in experience and skill between undergraduate and graduate students, the Case Competition is only open to undergraduate students.

Can I form a team with less than four people?

Each team that registers must have four team members, and three must be present the day of the competition. It should be noted that if one of the four members is late or not present during the start of the team's presentation (without valid reason), 5 percentage points will be deducted from the 'Presentation' category of the marking scheme.

What if one or more of my team members unable to be present the day of the competition?

If there is a conflict you must notify UTCA as soon as possible. Teams may substitute team members up until the case is released.

What happens if I register and pay for the event, but my team is not one of the first 14 to register?

If you are not one of the first 14 teams to register, you will be placed on a waitlist and will be notified when a space becomes available. Cheques received from teams that are waitlisted but are unable to participate will be destroyed.

Do I have to attend the Case Comp Prep session?

At least three members from each qualifying team must be present at the Case Comp Prep Session. Attendance will be taken at the start of the event. Teams that fail to attend the Prep Session without a legitimate reason will automatically be disqualified.

I have additional questions, whom do I contact?

Please use our Contact webpage to send us questions and requests about Case Comp. Select the "Case Comp" subject before submitting your comments.

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