Sign-up for Rotman Commerce’s Inaugural High School Business Case Competition!
Dear High School Teachers, Administrators and Students,
Our management team would like to invite teams of four Grade 11 and 12 students to enter “The Boardroom”, Rotman Commerce’s inaugural high school business case competition.
Over $1,500 in prizes will be awarded to teams with the teamwork, creativity and analytical skills to solve a 21st century business case happening here in Toronto.
The two round case competition begins on February 16th, 2017. Teams will receive their case by email and be asked to submit their written answers by February 19th, 2017.
At least ten team finalists will then be invited to the University of Toronto St. George campus on March 15th, 2017 to present to our Rotman Commerce alumni judges. Finalists will receive cash prizes and a dinner reception for their hard work. All teams entering The Boardroom competition will receive a certificate of recognition.
Teams must enter by February 10th, 2017. Students are encouraged to form teams with a variety of strengths and perspectives, as our Evaluation Committee values diligent problem solving with original thinking and innovative solutions.
No prior business knowledge or experience is required!
To register, please visit Eventbrite and find us at “Rotman Commerce – The Boardroom”. Full competition rules and FAQs can also be found on our Eventbrite.
Questions may be emailed to email@example.com.
Will your team be our stars in The Boardroom?
The Rotman Commerce Alumni Steering Committee
The Boardroom High School Case Competition - Rules
The Boardroom High School Case Competition (“The Boardroom”) is a two round business case team competition for Grade 11 and Grade 12 students organized by Rotman Commerce with the assistance of the Rotman Commerce Alumni Steering Committee (the “Steering Committee”), our sponsors and Rotman Commerce alumni and student volunteers (the “Volunteers”).
Participants will have the opportunity to demonstrate a bold vision, creativity, technical insight and business leadership while solving a business base focused on the issues of tomorrow.
2. Who May Enter
The competition is open to Grade 11 and Grade 12 students from eligible high schools that have been invited by Rotman Commerce to participate (the “Team Members”). Any team of four Grade 11 and/or Grade 12 students may form a team (a “Team”).
To register, please visit Eventbrite and find us at “Rotman Commerce – The Boardroom”. Full competition rules and FAQs can also be found on Eventbrite.
A complete Team application must be received by the Steering Committee on Eventbrite before February 10th, 2016. To apply, the team members must register on Eventbrite with the full names, grade, phone numbers, and email-addresses of all team numbers and your designated high school case administrator (the “Administrator”). Please also include the name of your school and your team name. Any supplemental information (i.e. resumes) may be attached as an optional component.
A confirmation email will be sent to your team once we have received your submission. Questions may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Procedure if a Team Member Drops Out
If a Team Member drops out of their team prior to the first round of the competition, the Administrator may substitute another student as a Team Member at their discretion.
No substitutes are allowed if a Team makes it to the final round of the competition and a team member is unable to participate. The remaining Team Members may represent the Team at the final round. At least three Team Members must be present in the final round or the Team will be disqualified. Please read the competition dates below to ensure that your team members can participate in both rounds.
4. The Cases
The cases used in The Boardroom will be selected by the Steering Committee and will not be published or tested by any Administrator or Team Member.
5. The Competition Format
The Boardroom is a two round business case competition.
The first round of The Boardroom will be completed online. A short business case will be sent on February 16th, 2017 to each team. Team members must collaborate and submit their answers by February 19th, 2017 to email@example.com with the Subject Line: Team (Name): First Round Submission. Please submit your answers in a Word or PDF file, and make sure to explain your thought process and work for each question. Please ensure all instructions given by the case materials are followed.
Top Teams will be notified that they have been selected to compete in the final round of The Boardroom at a designated time on campus at the University of Toronto on March 15th, 2017. Teams are asked to dress in business casual.
For the final round on campus, Teams will be given a follow-up case on March 10th, 2017. Teams will be asked to prepare a 15 minute presentation for our Board of Directors on March 15th, 2017. On the day of the Competition, Teams will be assigned a room and presentation time, at which time they will present to our Board of Directors.
Teams may only use a clean whiteboard or chart paper as a presentation aid, which will be provided on the day of the event. The relevance, clarity and cohesiveness of the use of the whiteboard or chart paper will be a factor in the Board of Directors’ evaluations. 10 minutes will be allotted to the Board of Directors to ask three questions and 10 minutes will be allotted for marking and the next Team to set-up.
Team members may each take up to one page of written notes as a presentation aid. The appropriate minor use of written notes will be a factor in the Board of Directors’ evaluations. No other written analysis, handouts, posters, PowerPoints or aids may be used for the presentation.
Each member of a Team is required to participate in the team’s presentation but not necessarily in the question period following the presentation. The teams may not interact during the presentations nor should there be any communication with the audience. Teams may record their own presentations. The Organizers may record any presentation for purposes of promoting the competition.
The Judges will select three finalists to present once more to a finalist panel of Judges. The Judges will declare a first, second and third place winner at the reception following the competition. Judges’ decisions are final and not subject to review.
The following parts of written and oral submissions will be evaluated for a total score of 50 points: Ensure that your written and oral submissions cover each of these categories.
- Summary (3 points):
- Concise summary of the business solution.
- Problem Identification, Comparison and Selection (12 points):
- Identification and comparison of the top three needs in the case.
- Identification and comparison of the top three customer segments.
- Financial comparison of the market opportunity.
- Justification for the most attractive need and customer segment.
- Solution Identification, Comparison and Selection (12 points):
- Identification of three value propositions that your solution provides to your customer segments over other solutions available on the market.
- Comparison of the each solution – competitive advantage, attracting customers and resource needs.
- Revenue, cost and required resources analysis for each solution, including any financial analysis.
- Evaluation (5 points):
- Description of how the solution’s success and shortcomings will be measured.
- Change Management (5 points):
- The identification of the top three resources required to implement the solution and largest challenge for securing each resource.
- Risk Analysis (5 points):
- Explanation of the top internal company risk, the top competitor risk and the top environmental risk facing the solution.
- Product Advertisement (8 points):
- A memorable and clear advertisement introducing your selected solution.
A “Level 4” in any category means that, in the judge’s opinion, the information is presented logically, effectively and creatively. The submission met all reasonable expectations.
A “Level 3” rating means that the information is presented well. Though there may be a few minor problems or omissions, they are not significant. Creativity, however, is not shown to any great degree.
A “Level 2” score means that the information presented does not meet minimum standards of acceptability.
A “Level 1” score means either that some major flaw has been noted that damages the effectiveness of the information (this may be a major omission, a serious misstatement, poor communications or any other major flaw) or that the information presented is of no value (does not address the problem at all).
7. Awards and Recognition
All participants will receive an Award of Recognition for the achievement necessary to qualify to participate in The Boardroom.
All participants receiving an average score of “Level 3” or better will receive a Certificate of Excellence.
All finalists will receive a Finalist Medal and a team award..
First, second and third place winners will receive a Finalist Medal, Trophy and the first, second and third place team awards.
8. Dispute Resolution
The Rules are not all encompassing and situations may arise that have not been covered. It is the expectation of the Board of Directors that any issues or disputes will be resolved in the spirit of the Competition.