UWF to host national case competition featuring publicly traded company

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The University of West Florida College of Business will host the first UWF Business Case Competition: Masters Level April 13-14, 2018. Graduate students from all universities that hold the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, known as AACSB, accreditation are invited to attend. Students will compete for $10,000 in cash prizes and have the unique opportunity to be judged by a NASDAQ listed company.

Teams comprised of 3-5 graduate students will articulate the NASDAQ listed company’s core competencies and identify revenue sources that will increase shareholder value. Students will develop a case strategy to present and also participate in a Q&A session.

Participation in case competitions allows students to apply theories that are learned in the classroom to real world business scenarios. Students work under pressure to simulate many work environments and sharpen their presentation skills by presenting their findings to a panel of industry professionals and academics.

“We are thrilled to launch our case competition with a listed company partner. Participants will gain exposure to real, high level business issues via friendly competition in a beautiful location,” said Dr. Tim O’Keefe, dean of the College of Business.

The event will begin with check-in from 4 to 5 p.m. on April 13 in the UWF College of Business, Building 76A. The competition portion will begin on April 14 at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. with an awards ceremony. The entry cost is $150 and includes all meals during the day. The deadline for application and fee submission is on Feb. 26.

For more information about the UWF Business Case Competition: Masters Level, visit the UWF College of Business website or email