Competition Rules

The following rules apply to the 2018 NC State Grand Business Challenge. All registered team members are expected to abide by these rules.

Rules

Team Composition

  • Each school will be represented by a team of four full-time MBA students.
  • In the event a team member is unable to participate, the team must register an alternate full-time MBA student via email to case-competition_jenkinsmba@ncsu.edu.

General

  • Teams that are staying at StateView Hotel can check-in at the front desk between 3:00PM EST Wednesday, October 31st and 9:00AM EST Thursday, November 1st .
  • ALL teams must pick up the case competition registration packet at StateView Hotel. Teams that are staying at StateView can pick it up upon checking in for lodging.  Teams that are not staying at StateView (which may be the case for local teams) must have at least one team member come to StateView to pick it up by 9pm on Wednesday, October 31st.
  • Teams must check-in at Park Alumi Center between 10:00-11:00AM EST on Thursday, November 1st.
  • Teams will be able to work in various spaces across Centennial Campus, Park Alumni Center and StateView Hotel.
  • Dress is business professional for all presenters in all rounds of competition.
  • All teams are required to attend Final Presentations and the Awards Reception on Saturday afternoon.
  • Each team will submit a unique team name when registering online. The teams are required to display their team name on the title slide of their presentation. School colors, mascots, logos, and any other school references should not be included in the team name or presentation materials. This includes PowerPoint slides, posters, clothing, documents, or verbal cues. All school affiliations must remain anonymous until the Awards Reception on Saturday, November 4th. School colors are allowed during the Awards Reception.

Case Presentations

  • Prior to the NC State Grand Business Challenge, the first case (the Foundational Challenge) will be distributed in parts throughout October to participating teams from Merck, along with a series of questions and other supporting documents to prepare for the first presentation on Friday, November 2nd. These communications will be sent to team leaders from the event email account which is case-competition_jenkinsmba@ncsu.edu.
  • All teams should do research, prepare documents, and perhaps a presentation before the consultation round begins on Thursday November 1st.

Presentation Logistics

Friday

  • Each team will be assigned to one of four presentation groups.
  • Teams will present their solutions for the Foundational Challenge to judges on Friday, November 2nd.
  • Timing is a component of the judging criteria. Teams will be given a maximum of 40 minutes; 30 minutes allocated for the presentation and 10 minutes allocated for Q&A. A timekeeper will inform teams of their elapsed time.
  • Questions from the judges may be directed to specific individuals or to the team as a whole. Every team member is expected to participate during the presentation as well as the Q&A.
  • Teams should not discuss their case presentation or case content with other teams until all teams have presented.

Selection to the Final Round

  • On Friday, November 2nd, one team from each of the presentation groups will be selected to participate in the final challenge (the Grand Challenge). Selection of the top teams will be based on the team’s overall performance in the Foundational Challenge.
  • The final teams will compete in the Grand Challenge. All other remaining teams will compete in the Storyboard Challenge on Saturday, November 3rd.
  • Team deliverables for the Grand and Storyboard Challenges will be given out during the dinner on Friday, November 2nd.

Saturday

The Storyboard Challenge

  • These teams will present to a panel of rotating judges between 9:30 – 10:15AM EST.  All Storyboard Challenge participants will then attend the Grand Challenge final presentations.
  • Winners of the Storyboard Challenge will be announced at the Awards Reception.

The Grand Business Challenge

  • The top teams will present to a panel of new judges starting at 10:30AM EST. The audience will consist of Storyboard Challenge participants and others involved in the NC State Grand Business Challenge.
  • Timing is a component of the judging criteria. Teams will have maximum of 30 minutes; 20 minutes allocated for the presentation and 10 minutes allocated for Q&A.
  • Winners of the Grand Business Challenge will be announced at the Awards Reception.

Judging

  • The Foundational Challenge will be evaluated by 16 judges consisting of Merck and other industry executives. The top teams will be selected to the Grand Challenge by these 16 judges.
  • The teams in the Storyboard Challenge will be evaluated by the same 16 judges that participated in the Foundational Challenge.
  • The Grand Business Challenge will be evaluated by four new judges.