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Annual Kogod Case Competition
February 06, 2022

The Kogod Case Competition is an excellent opportunity for students to sharpen their communication skills, presentation style, and problem-solving techniques. Students have the opportunity to network with business leaders who judge the competition and the event is open to all graduate and undergraduate students at AU and invited Kogod-partner schools.

Case Competitions focus on an issue faced by an organization and participants work together to recommend solutions to leadership in that organizations. These competitions, held around the world, are an excellent opportunity for students to sharpen their case analysis and problem-solving techniques, leadership and teamwork expertise, and communication skills. There are different formats and styles for competitions but they often come with cash prizes (see the Prizes and Awards section below for more information about Kogod's prizes). Additionally competitors build their resume and network with employers. Below is information about the structure of the annual Kogod Case Competition:

Who: All undergraduate and graduate (including WCL) students at AU as well as partner schools of Kogod are invited to compete in teams of 2-5 students. There are three competition divisions: Freshman/Sophomore, Junior/Senior, and Graduate. The three divisions ensure that students are competing against others who have had similar experiences or course work. Our judges are mostly alumni and area business leaders, many of whom have been judging the Competition for more than 5 years!

What: There are two rounds in the competition: The first round is online only where teams will receive the case study in late October then submit a video pitch with their proposed recommendations in early November. This video is reviewed by judges and scored. The top five teams in each division are then invited to Kogod in early February to present their full recommendations in a 10 to 15-minute presentation followed by a 10-minute Q&A before a panel of judges.

Where: Online (preliminary round) and on the American University campus (final round)

When: Registration opens in September, workshops on case analysis are hosted in October for AU competitors, the case is released in late October, the digital preliminary submission process occurs in late-October and early-November, and the in-person final round for the top 5 teams in each division occurs in early-February

Why: Network with employers - Meet alumni and business leaders and provide them with your resume
Build your resume - Case Competition participation will impress.
Improve case analysis skills - You'll need them to succeed in school and beyond.
Increase your Market Value - Next time you have an assignment for class or work, you'll have added skills and experience.
Gain leadership, teamwork, & communication skills - Collaborate and make decisions with two to four other students under a deadline.
Practice case method of interviewing -Get vital preparation for this complex interviewing technique.
Take business outside the classroom - Real world business is competitive and interactive.
Develop confidence - Essential in networking and presenting.
Get expert feedback - Receive critiques and compliments from judges.
Connect with classmates - Build relationships with future colleagues.
Win cash and other prizes - Cash prizes are awarded to the teams who place 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in each division!
Have Fun - Late night pizza with the teams during case preparations and case day receptions.

Participation Criteria
In order to compete, a student must be an enrolled undergraduate or graduate student at AU or an Invited Partner School during the residential Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 semesters or T4 2021 or T1 2022 for online students. Students graduating in Fall 2021 are eligible to compete.
AU continuting undergraduate students must have a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.5 to compete. Note that first year students without a GPA can compete but must have at least a 2.5 at the completion of the fall semester to be eligible for the finals.
AU graduate students must have a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0 to compete. Note that new students without a GPA can compete but must have at least a 3.0 at the completion of the fall semester to be eligible for the finals.

Important Dates
October 1 - Registration opens
October 30 - Registration deadline for free agents
November 6 - Case released (and team registration deadline)
November 16 - Preliminary round submission deadline
November 24 - Finalists announced
February 4 to 6 - Final Round Weekend
Eligible Schools
1st Prize: $500 for each teammate
2nd Prize: $400 for each teammate
3rd Prize: $300 for each teammate