Kogod Case Competition
February 09, 2020
Case Competitions focus on an issue faced by an organization and students work together to recommend solutions. These competitions, held around the world, are an excellent opportunity for students to sharpen their case analysis and problem-solving techniques, leadership and teamwork expertise, and communication skills. Additionally competitors build their resume and network with employers.
Who: All undergraduate and graduate (including WCL) students at AU as well as partner schools of Kogod are invited to compete in teams of 3-5 students. There are three competition divisions: Freshman/Sophomore, Junior/Senior, and Graduate. The three divisions ensure that students are competing against others who have had similar experiences or course work. Our judges are mostly alumni and area business leaders, many of whom have been judging the Competition for more than 5 years!
What: There are two rounds in the competition. The first round is a digital round where teams will submit a video recording of their presentation in early November. The recording is reviewed by judges and scored. The top five teams are then invited to Kogod to compete before a panel of judges in-person in early-February.
Where: Online (preliminary round) and on the American University campus (final round)
When: Registration opens in September, workshops to help AU competitors prepare are hosted in October, the case is released in late October, the digital preliminary round occurs in late-October and early-November and the in-person final round occurs in early-February
- Network with employers - Meet alumni and business leaders and provide them with your resume
- Build your resume - Case Competition participation will impress.
- Improve case analysis skills - You'll need them to succeed in school and beyond.
- Increase your Market Value - Next time you have an assignment for class or work, you'll have added skills and experience.
- Gain leadership, teamwork, & communication skills - Collaborate and make decisions with two to four other students under a deadline.
- Practice case method of interviewing -Get vital preparation for this complex interviewing technique.
- Take business outside the classroom - Real world business is competitive and interactive.
- Develop confidence - Essential in networking and presenting.
- Get expert feedback - Receive critiques and compliments from judges.
- Connect with classmates - Build relationships with future colleagues.
- Have Fun - Late night pizza with the teams during case preparations and case day receptions.
In order to compete, a student must be an enrolled undergraduate or graduate student at AU or an Invited Partner School during the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters.
AU continuting undergraduate students must have a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.5 to compete. Note that first year students without a GPA can compete but must have at least a 2.5 at the completion of the fall semester to be eligible for the finals.
AU graduate students must have a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0 to compete. Note that new students without a GPA can compete but must have at least a 3.0 at the completion of the fall semester to be eligible for the finals.
The scoring structure is:
- Critical Issues: 10 points
- Evidence: 10 points
- Recommendations: 10 points
- Q&A (final round only): 10 points
- Delivery: 10 points
- Overall Impression: 10 points
The maximum total score is 50 points for the prelminary round and 60 points for the final.