The John Molson MBA International Case Competition is a not-for-profit event organized by a team of four MBA students from the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. The competition is open to top business schools worldwide, and is recognized as the largest case competition of its kind. Its main purpose is to bridge the gap between corporate and academic worlds, which ultimately enriches both students and executives alike.

The competition format is a round-robin tournament consisting of seven unpublished business cases. The cases are selected from among the top entries from the annual Case Writing Competition. The highlight of the week is a live case presentation by a major company facing a real-life business challenge.

An Educational Experience Unlike Any Other

With three hours to prepare, teams of four students analyze and evaluate unpublished business cases using the skills, knowledge and experience they have acquired from their respective MBA curriculum. Students rely on their own abilities and limited use of Microsoft office software, with no access to the internet. The final product is a presentation in PowerPoint format whereby students’ demonstrate their ability to dig into a problem and develop a feasible solution.

The students then present their detailed plan of action to a panel of   senior business executives. More than 250 executives serve as judges, using their unique backgrounds, experience and perspectives to critically assess the participants’ presentations. Teams are judged on creativity, insight, substance and plausibility of implementation.

The winning team receives a cash prize of CAD 10,000. Previous winners include Nanyang Business School (Singapore), University of Technology (Sydney), Université de Laval, Porto School of Business, University of Calgary, University of South Carolina, HEC Montreal, and more.

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