In 2020, the competition will consist of three stages:
- Preliminary Round (Written Proposal)
- Semi-Finals (By Skype)
- National Final (In-person at the University of Auckland)
Teams MUST consist of 4 students.
There is NO entry cost.
The Preliminary Round will determine who this year’s National Secondary Schools Semi-Finalists are. Registered teams will be emailed a business case study and have 11 days to complete it, submitting a written proposal of their case. Potential templates will be given prior to aid teams. Team proposals will be judged on their demonstrated understanding of the business and the logical argument behind their advised strategy. The top 16-20 teams will then qualify for the National Semi-Final. A check-in session will be held where teams can book in for a 15-minute consultation to get feedback and advice on their proposal. The proposals must be submitted using the following naming convention “Secondary Schools Case Competiton 2020 – Team Name” and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by
Registrations Close: Friday 20th March
Preliminary Case Release: Monday 23rd March
Preliminary Case Check-In: TBC
Preliminary Case Submission: Friday 3rd April
Semi-Finalist Announcement: Friday 10th April
The Semi-Final Round will determine who this year’s National Secondary School Finalists are. Using a new case study, teams will deliver a presentation via Skype to a new pair of judges. Teams will have 10 minutes to present their case, followed by 5 minutes of question and answer time where teams will answer questions from the judges about the company and their proposal. The 6 best teams will progress to the National Final, hosted at the University of Auckland. Teams travelling from outside of Auckland will have their travel expenses paid for.
Semi-Finalist Presentations: Monday 20th – Wednesday 22nd April (Via Skype)
Finalist Announcement: Friday 24th April
The 6 teams in the National Final will be presented with a new business case study and have 4 hours to create their proposal. Teams will be given 10 minutes to present their case, followed by 10 minutes of question and answer time where teams will answer questions from the judges about the company and their proposal. The judges will consist of current consultants working at top firms, such as Deloitte and EY. The top team will be crowned national champions, and win a $500 cash prize.
National Final Presentations: Friday 15th May (In Auckland)