It started small in 2005 with only three Cegeps, but there is nothing small about the Vanier College BDC Case Challenge anymore. This year 33 teams from colleges across Canada will battle one another this weekend on February 8-9, 2014, in what has become the most prestigious national, bilingual, college-level case competition in the country.
The Vanier Team
“Participating in case competitions like this one gives our students the confidence and ability to go and pursue entrepreneurial endeavours when they graduate,” indicates Case Challenge organizer, David Moscovitz. Earning a spot on a competing team is no mean feat, and throughout the fall, Vanier marketing students vied for a spot on the College Team. The selection has been made and this year, Molly Biswas, Angelyna Sanon, Cosmin Zainea, and Matthew Ventura make up the Vanier Team. See the video on the team’s training and preparations for the competition: http://youtu.be/Jd5qsMXWaAM
What’s a case competition?
Case competitions demand creativity, knowledge, clear thinking, and good presentation skills. During the competition students, in teams of three, are isolated for three hours to analyze a marketing problem they have never seen before, create a Power Point presentation then present a marketing plan before a panel of judges. The teams are judged on the practicality and value of their solutions, and the quality of their presentations.
Round One of the 2014 competition will take place on Saturday, February 8, 2014, at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel (Montreal Airport), 7000 Place Robert-Joncas, (514-339-5333). Presentations begin at 10:00 AM and run until 5:00 PM on Saturday. Because of the large number of participants, there will be three theatres of eleven presentations on Saturday. That evening, the top three teams from each theatre will be announced at a gala dinner at 7:00 PM. The top six teams will then go on to compete Sunday morning, February 9, 2014, following which, an awards luncheon will take place
The Business Development of Canada is the principal sponsor of the Case Challenge.
Canada’s business development bank, BDC puts entrepreneurs first. With almost 2,000 employees and more than 100 business centres across the country, BDC offers financing, subordinate financing, venture capital, securitization and consulting services to more than 28,000 small and medium-sized companies. Their success is vital to Canada’s economic prosperity. www.bdc.ca