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High School Case Competition

2018 Case Competition

Date: Friday April 27, 2018
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
at The King's University

Case Launch
Thursday March 15, 2018 4:00pm

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What is the Leder School of Business High School Case Competition?
The High School Case Competition, hosted by the Leder School of Business at The King’s University, is a business case competition specifically designed for high school students. Students are presented with a real-world situation which they tackle in teams of 4. Students develop a business plan which they then present to a panel of judges using a PowerPoint format.

Teams will be given the case on Thursday March 15th. They will then have 6 weeks to develop their recommendations and presentations. During the morning of April 27th, all teams will present their plans to a panel of judges. Finalists from the morning will move on to the final round in the afternoon.

Why Participate?
The competition is an excellent opportunity for students to use skills from their high school classes in a real-world setting. Students will gain a better appreciation of how their classroom work can be directly applied in society. In the process, students also get to network with some of Edmonton’s top business and community leaders.

How does it work?

Case Release
The case will be released to all competitors on March 15 at 4 p.m. in room L116 at The King’s University. All teams are encouraged to send at least one member to the release event. Competitors will be able to ask questions about the case and the competition format. Following the event, all teams will be sent a digital copy of the case (but not a recording of the Q&A session).

Preliminary Round
On Friday April 27, all teams present their plans to a panel of judges in a closed-room environment during the morning. Spectators are not allowed in the rooms unless the team has pre-approved them. Teams have up to 15 minutes to present their business plan or idea. This is followed by 5 - 10 minutes of questions.

While not presenting, competitors are free to explore the campus, attend a university class, talk to an Admissions Counsellor or network with other competitors. Lunch will be provided from 11:30 – 12:15.

Final Round
Starting around 12:30 on April 27, the top teams from the Preliminary Round will present again to a new group of judges. All teams and the general public are invited to watch the final round. Awards will occur immediately after the presentations and the event should be over by 3:00 at the latest. If your team does not make it to the final round, make sure to stay as there will be prizes and awards for other items than just for the top finalists.

Teams must register on-line (form below).  There is a limit of 16 teams who can participate.  Teams will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit of 1 team per school with the exception of students registered in our dual credit course, and those given special permission. Deadline to register is March 12, 2018.

All teams shall be composed of no more than four (4) participants who are registered as grade 11 or 12 students during the 2017/2018 school year. Students are expected to attend the entire competition event on April 27.

Teacher Advisor / Coach
Each team may have one teacher-advisor/coach who may accompany them to the competition. Teacher Advisors may provide guidance to their team in terms of presentation style but cannot provide any advice on developing the actual recommendations. Teacher Advisors are able to act as observers during Round One but cannot assist the team during their presentation.

As this is a business competition, all participants are expected to dress in business attire for the entire competition.

All participants and their coaches will be provided with a snack mid-morning and a full lunch. Please indicate any special dietary needs with your registration.

Competition Rules
All communication with participants, case materials, and presentations will and must be provided in English. The live case will be based on a current situation. The context of the case will not be released until March 15. All teams must prepare and present on the case provided. A panel of judges will select the finalists. Judging panels will be composed of academic, business, government and community leaders who are respected for their roles in Canada. 

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Thank you for your participation in this year's contest. Registration for this event has now closed.

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