Team Formation

Multiple Teams from One School

  1. There is no limit to the number of teams any school may enter for the virtual round.

  2. Students may only compete on one team.

  3. A maximum of three teams from any one school will be able to move on to the final round in Boulder, CO.

  4. Cooperation between teams from the same university is not allowed; each team needs to work completely independently.

Team Composition

  1. Teams must be composed of four graduate students from each participating institution.

  2. A minimum of two students must be enrolled in your respective school's MBA program.

  3. The other members may be a student in a different graduate program in your university.

  4. The team MUST consist of the same four students that will compete in the final competition in Boulder, should your team advance.

  5. In compelling cases, teams may substitute one member between the virtual round and finals round.

  6. If unavoidable, teams may participate in the final competition with only three team members.

Case Material Research and External Input

  1. Teams may conduct research using online and library resources.

  2. Outside help is allowed, meaning that you can talk to industry experts, alumni, etc. However, you must cite all of the people you spoke with at the end of your presentation.

  3. Schools that register multiple teams are not allowed to consult with other teams from their university.

  4. Teams cannot contact the company in the case, or anyone directly affiliated with the case.

  5. Failure to abide by these policies will be grounds for disqualification.

First Round Submissions, Judging, and Advancement to Finals Round


Presentations will be judged based on your ability to analyze the information presented in the case. You must clearly and effectively communicate a recommended course of action that is well-grounded in fundamental business principles and the triple bottom line.

Virtual Round Submission

The format of the virtual round is a PowerPoint presentation with recorded audio. The recorded audio should have timed transitions and the total presentation should be no longer than ten minutes. You may have any number of your teammates contribute audio commentary to your presentation.  There are no limits on the number of slides.

We do not provide a stylized template and each team is encouraged to format and stylize their presentations as they see fit. However, do not use any text, colors, logos, mascots, etc. that represent your school. All presentations will be pre-screened and any containing this information will be disqualified.

Instructions on adding audio commentary and slide timings can be found at Microsoft’s website.

Submissions for the first round are due to no later than November 16th, 2018 at 11:59pm Mountain Time.

Finals Round Advancement

Teams will be notified no later than December 8th, 2018 if they have been chosen to advance to the Finals Round in Boulder, Colorado.

Teams that advance must register by December 22nd, 2018 for the Finals Round, or the placement will be given to an alternate team.