To uphold the integrity of the competition and the results, all competitors must abide by the strictest standards of honesty and professional conduct. Any violation of competition rules will result in severe consequences.
The client and the content of the case are not disclosed until the Live Case Presentation at case launch on Thursday. Any individual with prior knowledge of the case is ineligible to compete. Any team that acquires this information prior to the case presentation will be disqualified.
All important announcements and information will be distributed via email and will be posted on the MBSC website homepage. All students are responsible for checking the email addresses that they provided on the Registration Form. Furthermore, questions submitted to the MBSC Planning Committee will be made publicly available on the MBSC website. Therefore, please check the website frequently for updates.
Participants must email their presentations by the submission deadline. Teams submitting their presentation after the deadline may be disqualified. Presentations should be made using Microsoft PowerPoint or Google Slides. Submit your presentation by sending an email to with the file attached. The size limit for many email programs is 25 MB; if your presentation exceeds this limit, use yousendit.com to send files up to 2 GB. Format both the subject line of the email and the filename of the presentation as “Team [IDNumber] – MBSC 2021 Presentation”. For example, if your team ID number is 1.3, your subject line of your email and the file name of your presentation will be “Team 1.3 – MBSC 2021 Presentation.” Once submitted, presentations may not be altered. Please designate one member of your team who will share their screen to present your presentation during the preliminary and final rounds. At no point in the presentation may students identify their university.
Teams are asked not to exceed time limits and judges are encouraged to take timing into consideration. An MBSC representative will be timing the presentations. The MBSC representative will notify your team using the zoom chat feature during the uninterrupted presentation and the Q&A period notifying presenters when there are 5 minutes remaining and when there is 1 minute remaining in your time.
RESEARCH & OUTSIDE EXPERTS:
Teams are expected to conduct any and all necessary research through publicly available resources. Use of publicly accessible (free) resources is welcome. Any sources that require payment for use of source (including JSTOR or Harvard Business Review articles) are prohibited. If you are not sure if a resource is allowed, please ask us. Teams are not allowed to discuss the case with any other competing team.
Participants may not gain assistance in any form from any other person, including, but not limited to, faculty sponsors, professors, parents, friends, or personal contacts of any kind whose ideas are not publicly available (i.e. published online). Participants may not contact any representative or staff of the nonprofit except during the designated Q&A period on Thursday.
Participants may not consult with their team advisors regarding the case at any point during the competition.This year, advisors will be allowed to observe the five teams in their own bracket during the preliminary round. Once lunch comes to a close, advisors may observe the final round and join us for the Awards Banquet.
REPORTING RULES VIOLATIONS:
Any disputes or reported violations of the competition rules should be brought to the attention of a Co-Director in writing.
PLEASE NOTE: The current schedule, format, and rules are subject to modification. All advisors, judges, client representatives, and sponsors will be notified before the case competition of any changes to the format and a final version will be presented to each participant at the beginning of the case competition.