Registration and Guidelines
Learn more about the participation guidelines and rules as well as how to register for the National Women's Case Competition.
Forming a Team
When the National Women's Case Competition began, it was created as a space to amplify the voices of women and provide pathways for women to participate in case competitions on a large scale. We are now excited to provide opportunities for all students to participate in the National Women's Case Competition, regardless of gender identity.
- The competition is only open to undergraduate students.
- There must be at least 3 and no more than 4 students on each team.
- Majority of a team's participants (2-3) must be enrolled in the business school at their home institution.
- Seniors in accelerated graduate programs may not participate (ex. accelerated MPA, MS, MBA programs).
- Teams may have a faculty/staff advisor coach them on addressing their case and developing their presentation prior to case submission deadline.
- Faculty/staff advisors may not contribute to the case solutions or development in any way. However, advisors are allowed to help answer contextual questions and provide feedback on the presentation format and delivery.
Attire for ParticipantsIn keeping the spirit of the competition and challenging traditional norms of professional dress, we invite all participants to come dressed to the competition in the business casual/business professional attire that best represents their personality and style. Prior to the start of the competition, all participants will receive a schedule and daily attire guidelines to help you prepare for the competition. We encourage all participants to not purchase any additional attire for the competition if they don't need to. Our goal is to have all participants come as they are, there is no need for teams to have matching attire or attire in specific colors or styles. Feel free to reach out to the NWCC team with any questions about attire!
Travel LogisticsThe National Women's Case Competition will take place on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin in Austin, TX. Through the generous gift from our sponsor, Apple, we are proud to say that there is no registration fee to participate in the competition. Teams will be responsible for their own travel and lodging costs, but will received meals throughout the duration of the competition. The McCombs School of Business has secured a room block and subsidized hotel costs to help minimize the financial burden for participating teams.
Awards for Winning Teams
Thanks to the generous support from our sponsor, Apple, the National Women's Case Competition is able to provide the following cash prizes to the first, second, and third place teams:
- First Place - $4,000 ($1,000 for each team member)
- Second Place - $2,500 ($625 for each team member)
- Third Place - $1,500 ($375 for each team member)
Tips for Success for Competing Teams
Below are tips for success for teams who plan to compete in the National Women's Case Competition. More guidance and tips for success will be shared to competition participants once the case is released in mid-March.
- Leverage the strengths of your team members: all of your team members will have a different strength that can aid in your success during this competition. Utilize the individual strengths of your team members to get the most out of your case presentation.
- Manage your time well: you will receive the case for the competition and have a specific timeline to analyze the case and draft your presentation prior to the competition date. Effective time management will ensure that your case is completed in a timely manner.
- Communicate with confidence and maintain eye contact: this competition provides opportunities for participants to showcase their knowledge and skills through a case analysis. Participants will be presenting to industry professionals, therefore be sure to communicate with confidence and maintain eye contact as you would at a professional presentation to a client or colleague.
- Understand the case and ask questions at the employer check-in: an understanding of the case is important for a successful presentation. Be sure to utilize the employer check-in to ask any and all questions you have about the case to better understand how you are going to construct your analysis.
- Include qualitative and quantitative aspects in your final recommendations: your case will contain multifaceted, real-world industry issues; therefore, your recommendations must also be multifaceted. This means that you will need to share both qualitative and quantitative data/insights in your final recommendations to capture the full scope of the issues within the case.
- Set aside time to rehearse your presentation: in order to communicate with confidence, you will need to be confident in your presentation materials. Be sure to rehearse your presentation so your are comfortable with the flow and the material.
- Be prepared for questions from the judging panel: there will be a section of your presentation that is reserved for questions from the judges. Be sure that you have additional information ready to answer any questions from the judges.
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