2020 NASBITE International Student Case Competition 

Timeline & Rules

2020 Case Competition Timeline & Competition Schedule

Monday, February 3, 2020 Original Deadline for Team Registration Form and payment of Team
Registration Fee (Team Registrations are still being accepted)
Monday, February 10, 2020 Written case is released to registered teams

Competition Schedule:

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 Case Competition Preliminary Round Team Presentations (8am – 1pm/2pm-6pm)
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 Case Competition Team Mixer and announcement of teams advancing to Finals (7:00 p.m. – cocktails and light buffet). Teams will be joined by Exporter Honorees attending the National Small Business Exporter Summit for a unique and valuable networking opportunity!
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 Case Competition Championship Round Team Presentations (8am-11am)
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 Luncheon/Case Competition Championship Awards Ceremony (12noon-1pm)

Team Eligibility & Case Competition Rules

  • The 2020 NASBITE International Student Case Competition is open to teams from colleges and universities that offer an academic business degree program at the undergraduate level.
  • Teams must consist of a minimum of three, and a maximum of four, undergraduate-level students, plus one instructor. Student team members must be currently-enrolled undergraduate students pursuing a business, marketing, or related degree.
  • By participating in the Case Competition, all team members agree to keep confidential all information received from the company as part of the case.
  • Presentations, presentation files and videos, and written summaries of presentations become the exclusive property of the sponsor/subject Company and NASBITE International.
  • To be eligible to receive the case and to be assigned a time slot to present in the Preliminary Round, teams must complete and submit a Team Registration Form and submit payment of the full $850 Team Registration fee to NASBITE International.
  • The team registration fee of $850 provides for participation for one instructor/advisor, and up to four students, to participate in the Competition events including the March 24 Team Mixer and the luncheon on March 25.
  • The team fee does not include travel or lodging expenses. Registered Teams are eligible for discounted hotel rates if guest room reservations are made directly with the hotel, before the hotel reservation cut-off date (February 28, 2020), or before the discounted room block is full, whichever comes first.
  • Case presentations will be judged in accordance with a scoring rubric. The scoring rubric will be distributed with the written case on February 10, 2020, and will be used by a panel of judges. Each case presentation will be viewed by at least two judges, whose scores are averaged together to decide which teams will advance to the finals. The case company representative(s), with input from the other judges, selects the winning team. Teams are recognized as participants or as finalists, but are otherwise not publicly ranked.
  • Students must not receive any paid professional advice, critiques, or assistance in the development of their written case entry except as provided by NASBITE International. However, students are permitted guidance from their faculty instructors, advisors and professors to develop the team case/presentation, and may seek and use information from publicly-available, non-paid sources to develop their case/presentation. Further, resources that require subscriptions may be used by teams if those resources are provided by their school libraries or by their school-associated business assistance centers, and only if those resources would be available at no cost to students or to businesses in the community receiving assistance from the centers.
  • Neither students nor instructors may directly contact the corporate sponsor, its marketing or advertising agencies, or any company specifically highlighted by the sponsor. In addition to the written case, a live webinar with the case competition leader and the case company representative will be held (date to be announced when case is distributed) that will allow all teams the opportunity to ask questions of the company. The webinar will be recorded and will be archived for participants that cannot participate live. Further questions for the company or the organizers after the webinar shall be submitted via email to the case organizers at casecompetition@nasbite.org. Telephone calls will not be accepted. Case organizers will respond directly to the originator of the question. It is at the discretion of the company whether to respond to any additional questions posed in writing through this process.
  • The Preliminary Round Presentations by registered and confirmed teams will be held on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm local time, at the Graduate Annapolis Hotel, located at 126 West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.
    • Teams will be assigned a confirmed presentation time slot for the Preliminary Round at the time they receive the written case and scoring rubric.
    • PLEASE NOTE: Preliminary Round presentation times are subject to change if deemed necessary by NASBITE, and any such changes will be communicated by email to the team Instructor.
    • Teams that miss their scheduled presentation times will be rescheduled only as time allows, and only for cases of unavoidable travel delays out of the team’s control.
    • A written summary of the team’s proposed solution is required to be submitted at the time of the presentation.
    • Team presentations may not exceed 30 minutes. Time starts when the first slide (other than the title slide) appears or when a presenter begins speaking. Time ends at the 30-minute mark. Team members may request either a one- or two-minute warning from the timekeeper. The presentation is followed by up to 10 minutes of questions from the judges.
    • Instructors and any team-identified guests may observe their own team’s Preliminary Round presentation, but must remain silent and are expressly forbidden to provide coaching, verbal, or silent cues or convey any information to the team during the presentation. Recording of the presentation by team representatives is allowed.  The Preliminary Round presentations are not open to other teams.
  • Teams selected for the final round will have verbal feedback from the judges on their Preliminary Round presentation and may make adjustments to their presentation before they present in the final round. All case competition teams not presenting in the final round are encouraged to observe the final presentations, however, under no circumstances will they be permitted to ask questions to the remaining teams during the Q&A portion of their presentation. Finalist team members, once they have presented, may observe subsequent final team presentations, but they too must remain silent.
  • Finalist teams will present on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 between 8:00 am and 11:00 am local time, with individual presentations not to exceed 30 minutes each. Judges will be provided up to 15 minutes for questions after the presentation. Specific time slots for the finalist team presentations will be provided when finalist teams are announced on March 25.
  • A podium, a data projector, a remote control slide advancer, and a laptop with internet access will be available at the presentation site for the Preliminary and the Final Rounds. Teams should bring a USB drive with the presentation saved in PowerPoint 2013 to be saved to the provided laptop’s Desktop area. Teams are also welcome to use their own laptop computer but must provide an interface cable to connect the team’s laptop to the data projector using either HDMI or VGF.
  • Teams may use up to four presenters, who shall be students registered as team members, and not including the instructor. If a team wishes to have a person assist with technical or logistical issues, this person is considered one of the four presenters. All four presenters are permitted to speak, but not all are required to do so. All presenters must have worked on the case and have been listed on the original Team Registration Form submitted no later than February 3, 2020.
  • Audience members may include but are not limited to case coordinators, NASBITE International members, and other dignitaries. Parents, friends, and other supporting members of your college/university may be present during the team presentation, but must communicate their intent to be present to NASBITE International staff via e-mail at casecompetition@NASBITE.org by February 28, 2020.

Presentations may be video/audio recorded and/or live streamed by NASBITE International. Teams registered for the Case Competition provide their consent for their image and/or voice to be recorded and used by NASBITE International for the purposes of judges’ review, broadcasting the competition, and promoting future competitions.

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