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Competition Rules

** The rules presented here are subject to modification. All participants will be notified before the case competition of any changes to the format and a final version will be presented to each participant before the beginning of the case competition.

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 automatic disqualification.

Case Content

The client and the content of the case are not disclosed until the Case Presentation during the Teams Dinner. 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 BSC website homepage. All students are responsible for checking the email addresses that they provided on the Registration Form. Furthermore, questions submitted to the BSC Planning Committee will be made publicly available on the BSC website. Therefore, please check the website (http://challenge.msb.edu/) for updates.

Presentation Format

Presentations should be made using Microsoft PowerPoint in the Office 2003 or earlier format (please note that Office 2007 document formats are currently not supported). Students must email their presentations by 7:30 AM on the date of the Preliminary Round. Once submitted, presentations may not be altered. A BSC representative will have the submitted presentation ready to be opened in the presentation room. Students may never identify themselves by their university and must always refer to themselves by their team name.


A BSC representative will be timing the presentations. Teams are asked not to exceed the time limits, and judges are encouraged to take timing into consideration. The representative will display a Time Remaining card during the uninterrupted presentation when there are 5 minutes left and again when there is 1 minute left. During the uninterrupted conclusion, the representative will display a Time Remaining card only when there is 1 minute left.

The specific timing for presentations is listed on the competition format page.

Research and Outside Experts

Teams are expected to conduct any and all necessary research through publicly available resources. Use of all library resources, including pay-for-subscription services such as LexisNexis, is welcomed. Teams may not discuss the case with any other competing team. Students may not gain assistance in any form from any outside individual, 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). Additionally, students may not contact the non-profit, which includes any representative and staff. However, teams will be allowed a short question and answer period following the live case presentation.

Team Advisors

Participants may not consult with their team advisors regarding the case at any point during the competition. In addition, teams may not present to their advisors to receive feedback on any component of their presentation. On the presentation day, advisors are kindly asked to arrive no earlier than 12:00 PM in time for lunch. Once lunch comes to a close, advisors may observe the final round and join us for the Awards Banquet.

Preparation Rooms

We will provide preparation rooms for teams while they wait to be judged. Preparation rooms will have computers with internet access available for use. While waiting to present, teams may practice but must be ready to be escorted 5 minutes prior to their presentation time. Room assignments will be provided upon arrival to the presentation site.

Disputes Council

Any disputes or reported violations of the competition rules should be brought to the attention of the Disputes Committee in writing. The Disputes Committee is in charge of resolving any actions that are academically dishonest or violate the competition rules. The committee is comprised of the Director and Assistant Director of the Business Strategy Challenge and the President of Hilltop Consultants. If a Disputes Committee member is unavailable, a representative from the BSC Planning Committee will serve in his or her place.

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