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GC3 Case Competition sponsored by PioneerUnion

The Global Business Center and GC3 are proud to present a brand new case competition sponsored by PioneerUnion. This competition will focus specifically on a case involving international mergers and acquisitions. Student teams will have 48-hours to analyze the case and come up with a solution.

Following the analysis period, the teams will present their findings and recommendations to panels of judges from the faculty and community. Judges will select a team from each room to compete at the final rounds in the afternoon. A champion will be announced at the Awards Reception. The event will include multiple networking opportunities for students and judges.

The GC3 Case Competition is proudly sponsored by PioneerUnion, a Seattle based company focused on establishing and expanding a cooperative network of entrepreneurs in the United States and China.

Registration is NOW OPEN but space is limited. Register by February 4th.

Questions? Contact Angela Shelley at

2018 Schedule of Events


Tuesday, February 6th, 2018
EXEC ED Bldg. 420


Friday, February 9th, 2018
Paccar & Dempsey Halls

Team Rules & Eligibility

  • The GC3 Case Competition is open to UW undergraduate students.
  • Teams should consist of 2-4 students, currently enrolled in Winter Quarter 2018 and from the Seattle, Tacoma, or Bothell University of Washington campuses.
  • UPDATE: At least two team members must be admitted to the Michael G. Foster School of Business.
  • Teams may substitute members until Tuesday, February 6, 2018 when the case is distributed.
  • Winning teams will be announced at the Awards Reception on Friday, February 9, 2018. Team members must be present to win.

Competition Details

  • On Tuesday, the competition kicks off. The teams receive a copy of the case at 6:30 p.m.
  • Teams will have until 6:30 p.m. on Thursday to analyze the problem, develop a solution and create a PowerPoint presentation. Presentations must be submitted in person to the Global Business Center at or before 6:30 p.m.
  • No changes may be made to slides after 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.
  • All teams will present to a panel of corporate and community judges on Friday morning.
  • Presentations will be pre-loaded onto the appropriate room computers for Friday’s competition. It is recommended that teams also bring a back-up USB of their presentation, as well as printed copies of the presentation for the judges.
  • Presentations are 10 minutes long, followed by a 10 minute question and answer session, and a 5 minute feedback session from the judges.
  • The winning team will win $1000. The second place team will win $500. Team members must be present to win.


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