Deadline: Ongoing | Apply here
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Eligibility: Undergraduate students from the United States and 11 other countries
Dates: April 4-9, 2016
Location: University of Washington, Seattle, USA

The Global Business Case Competition 2016 (GBCC)  is a leading international annual case competition hosted by the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business that brings together undergraduate students from the United States and 11 other countries to compete in a fast-paced and challenging business case study to Seattle.  Starting in 1999 as the Global Business Challenge, this competition is one of the oldest of its kind.

This week-long program provides students a chance to build cross-cultural relationships, experience the city of Seattle and most importantly, participate in a real-world case study to analyze and develop a business recommendation within 48 hours. The competition culminates on the University of Washington campus, where each team presents their solution to a panel of judges who select the GBCC Champions. The judges of the competition are experienced professionals from the local and regional business community. The GBCC is sponsored and facilitated by the Foster School’s Global Business Center and produced by Foster School undergraduate student leaders.

Team Composition

  • Each team will be comprised of four currently enrolled students working on their first university degree (undergraduates).
  • No alternates will be permitted.

Case Analysis

  • Each team will be given 48 hours to devise a solution for an international business case. The time spent analyzing the case will be very intense and focused.
  • The case will be similar in length to Harvard Business School cases. It may address multiple geographical regions and multiple functional areas (for example, accounting, finance, marketing, and so forth). Teams may be asked to play roles in their case analysis (for example, to take the roles of firm managers or consultants).
  • To prepare for the competition teams may want to practice analyzing past GBCC cases or other business cases such as Harvard Business School Cases. Teams are expected to produce original work. Teams may not consult with non-team members during preparation of the case analysis or on the day of competition. This includes faculty, advisors, staff, ambassadors, and fellow students.
  • It is always an advantage to be educated about current world issues.

Check the Guidelines & Rules.

Save the date for next year’s GBCC Week, April 4-9, 2016. See the schedule for more details.

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Laura Ambardaryan was a Brand Ambassador at AlphaGamma. She holds a MA degree in European Economic Studies with specialization of European Economic Integration and Business at the College of Europe and a BSc degree in Business Administration at Jean Moulin Lyon 3. She is passionate about monetary policy, chess, religions, traveling and humanitarian work.