The Holland America Line Global Case Competition is an annual event in which teams of undergraduate business students apply their knowledge and skills to a real-life international business problem. Panels of judges evaluate team analyses and recommendations based on the teams’ diagnosis of the problem, application of theory and classroom concepts, ability to communicate ideas, teamwork, and creativity.
- Grand prize: $1,000
- Pre-competition workshop
- 48 hours to develop analysis
- Coaching Session with Foster School faculty and industry professionals
- Preliminary and final rounds
- Awards reception
- Freshman Direct Track with $500 Prize
- Community College Track with $500 prize
- Chance to be selected to represent UW in other international case competitions
2015 Schedule of Events
Registration opens, Monday October 5
Are you an individual who is interested in competing, but has not found a team? Attend this informal Teammate Mixer to meet other individuals who are also looking to form a team!
Learn the fundamentals of case analysis and presentation in this dynamic workshop led by star faculty member Leta Beard!
One student from each team is required to attend; however, we recommend that all team members attend to learn some tips for competing, and to ask questions.
At the Kick-Off event we will cover the following:
• Competition schedule and guidelines
• Time Slot Announcements
• Case Analysis 101: Tips for competing
• Question & Answer
At 5 p.m. you will receive the case and charge via email. You will also have the option to pick up a printed copy of the case between 5 – 6 p.m. at the Global Business Center, Mackenzie Hall 137.
NO LATER than 5 p.m. on Friday November 6th, you must submit your finalized PowerPoint presentation via email.
Each team has the opportunity to sign up for a 30 minute coaching session with Foster School faculty and industry professionals.
• Time slot sign-up for the coaching session will open on Wednesday November 7th
• Teams will be randomly assigned to coaches
• Time slots will be determined on a first to sign-up basis.
• It is requested that teams will arrive to their presentation room 15 minutes prior to their assigned time slot.
• The 4 teams proceeding to the afternoon final round will be announced after lunch.
• ALL participants are required to attend the Final Round
Winning teams will be announced at the Awards Reception. Team members must be present to win.
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1. Teams should consist of 4 undergraduate business students from the Seattle, Tacoma, or Bothell University of Washington campuses.
2. Teams can have at most 2 non-business undergraduate students from the Seattle, Tacoma, or Bothell University of Washington campuses.
3. All student participants must be currently enrolled as UW undergraduate students for Fall Quarter.
4. To compete in the Freshman Direct Track, three of the team members must be Foster School Freshman Direct students. The fourth student must be a currently enrolled freshman at the University of Washington.
5. To compete in the Community College Track, all 4 team members must be students enrolled at a Washington State Community College. Teams must be must be nominated by a Community College faculty member.
6. Teams may substitute members until Wednesday when the case is sent out. After this date, teams can no longer substitute team members, but may still present with only two or three team members. Teams that withdraw after this date may have their names sent to Associate Dean Sefcik to review eligibility in future competitions.
7. All participants are required to attend the Final Rounds as either a competing finalist.
8. Winning teams will be announced at the Awards Ceremony. Team member must be present to win.
The competition starts at 5 p.m. Wednesday, when teams are given the business case. Teams will then have 48 hours to analyze the problem, develop a solution and create a PowerPoint presentation. Teams will email their PowerPoint presentations at the end of the 48 hours on Friday at 5 p.m. Changes to the presentation cannot be made once the presentation has been submitted. All teams will present in front of a panel of corporate judges on Saturday. The presentations are 10 minutes, followed by a 10 minute question and answer session, and a 5 minute feedback session from the judges. The top four teams from the morning round will move on to the Final Round in the afternoon. Teams consist of four students. In the past, students have found that choosing team members with diverse skill sets is beneficial. The winning team from final round will win $1000. The 2nd place team from the final round will win $500.
Teams in this track will consist of four Foster School Freshman Direct students, and they will compete in the preliminary round against one another. Each team can have up to one non-Foster School freshman on it. There will be no final round for this track. All participants in this track are required to watch the final round presentations. At the awards reception, the top scoring team from this Freshman Direct Track will also be awarded its own Freshman Direct Track Grand Prize of $500.
Teams in this track will consist of four students currently enrolled in a Washington State Community College, and they will compete in the preliminary round against one another. Each team must be nominated by a Community College faculty member. There will be no final round for this track. All participants in this track are required to watch the final round presentations. At the awards reception, the top scoring team from this Community College Track will be awarded its own Community College Track Grand Prize of $500.
For more information about team nomination contact Josie Gregg Kraft, Assistant Director, Global Business Center, UW Foster School of Business, firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-616-3806.
Special thank you to Holland America Line for their generous support of this program.