The IB Case Competition (sponsored by Enterprise Holdings)
The purpose of this competition is to allow IB students an opportunity to further develop professional competencies that are core to our program. By completing a case study that reflects a business scenario -with opportunities and threats- of a real company, and presenting a solution that will help the company move forward, participants will enhance skills such as Problem Solving, Teamwork, Creativity and Innovation, and Critical Thinking. Moreover, participants in the case study event will be provided a real-world opportunity to pitch (present) their idea to judges that include IB Faculty, Alumni and executive representatives of the event sponsor, Enterprise Holdings.
Participants are strongly advised to recruit their own All-Star team of 4 to 5 students (4 members required to present in the semi-finals). In order to participate, you must be a student in the IB program.
Once your team is formed, and you have the names, Student ID #s, and Knights email for all individuals, complete this survey before October 10, 2023 @ 11:59 p.m.
Competition structure and timeline
The IB Case Competition is a face-to-face event programmed for about 6 hours of full participation, spread over the course of two days. This year’s competition structure is as follows:
September 26, 2023 – Registration opens on
October 10, 2023 @ 11:59 p.m. – Registration period ends
October 11, 2023 – Case Study and Guidelines delivered to Teams
October 11, 2023 – October 20, 2023 Teams prepare their solution and develop a PowerPoint presentation.
October 21, 2023 – Semi-Finalist selection presentations. All teams will present their 10 min presentation two IB Faculty members, 5 minutes will be reserved for Q&A, as well as recommendations to improve their presentation. Those teams moving to the semifinals will be notified prior to midnight. This email will announce the nine (9) teams that will make it to the semi-finals, and will remind them of the Competition requirement, dates, awards, etc.
Furthermore, remaining teams will be provided the contact details of an IB Faculty member, or Coach, that has been randomly assigned to each team. It is the responsibility of each team to contact and follow up with their coach. Coaches will not discuss the case with any student/person prior to it being sent out to participating teams. The Coach role is to assist you with tips and recommendations on how to better pitch your case; not to provide you with the solution to present.
The IB Case Competition
Teams will present to three (3) semi-finalist judges composed of IB Advisory Board members, IB Faculty and/or IB Alumni. Only judges will be present during each team’s delivery, the other teams will be required to wait outside for their time to present. The winning team selected from each semifinal room will then move on to complete in the finals.
Below is the complete timeline:
4:00 – 4:20 Arrival of semi-final judges and semi-final teams, registration.
4:20 – 5:00 Semi-finals.
5:00 – 5:15 Arrival of final judges, welcome, opening remarks.
5:15 – 6:00 Food served, cake cut, networking, Finalist teams announced.
6:00 – 7:00 Final presentations.
7:00 – 7:30 Announcement of winners, presentation of trophies and purple tickets to semifinalists.
· All “qualified” participants receive 10% Purple Ticket
· 1st place; $250 (each), Trophy with IB shield
· 2nd place; $150 (each), Trophy with IB shield
· 3rd place; $100 (each), Trophy with IB shield
Purple Ticket considerations/value:
· Purple Ticket will be awarded and can be used to replace the grade of any single assignment worth up to 10% of the course with a perfect score
· Must be “turned in” to any IB class in that semester (prior to final grades being posted)
· The value will be prorated for assignments >10%,
Event Point of Contact
Dr. Troy Pounds
Dr. Sara Lopez
Dr. Eric Litton