Course Title

IACBE Spring 2019 Case Competition

Collaboration Overview

IACBE is a business school accreditor that works on ensuring teaching and learning quality for 200+ member schools. Each year, CapSource coordinates a special Live Business Case Competition featuring a real host company with a strategic business challenge. This event yields participation from 10 member schools from around the world, including Cologne Business School, Lynn University, Chaminade University.


Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV

Competing Schools

  • Cologne Business School
  • Lincoln College
  • Lynn University
  • Springfield College
  • St. Thomas Aquinas College
  • Chaminade University of Honolulu
  • Ohio Valley University
  • University of Guam

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Engagement Format: Live Case

Think "Hackathon" or Case Competition with a whole class of students! This learning format allows educators to deliver experiential learning to students at scale. Students are often split into groups to work on a live case (or a series of cases) from a real host company that directly relates to key learning objectives.

Timeline & Next Steps

  • February 27, 2019

    Materials Available for Student Participants

    Students will be provided access to EduSourced so they can learn more about the company and competition prior to the kickoff.

    Note: ALL STUDENT PARTICIPANTS must be registered on EduSourced by the competition kickoff on March 6th.

  • March 6, 2019

    Students Review Materials

    Students can begin familiarizing themselves with ecree, the project charter, and the competition details from 2/27 – 3/6.

  • March 6, 2019

    Competition Kickoff

    We’re hosting a webinar to explain the competition. This will include a quick presentation about ecree (history, business model, industry overview) and an overview of the Live Business Case. Please note this webinar will be recorded.

    Time: 11:00AM – 1:00PM EST

    Webinar Link:

  • March 25, 2019

    Teams Working on Project

    Teams continue researching and begin working on producing insights for ecree based on the prompt, spending about 20-40 hours per group.

  • March 29, 2019

    Student Office Hours

    ecree will be hosting office hours for the student participants. The groups will identify a time to speak with the company’s leadership via Calendly. Each group will have one 30-minute session to ask any questions.

    Please book your meeting using the following link the week of 3/25:

  • April 7, 2019

    Teams Finalize Insights

    Based on team research and the conversation you’ve had with the ecree, finalize team insights so that you’re prepared to present results at the official competition, spending about 15-30 hours per group.

  • April 7, 2019

    Students Submit Final Materials

    All teams are required to submit their final presentations and two-page executive memos prior to the competition.

    Deadline: 5:00 PM EST on April 7th, 2019.

  • April 9, 2019

    Immersive Professional Development Day

    This year, for the first time, we’re providing an exciting opportunity for students to meet and network with each other and exciting business leaders from the Las Vegas-area. This will include an exclusive tour, a special service project, and other fun activities.

    On 4/9 from 2:00 PM PST through 6:00 PM PT. We’ll be leaving from the registration area. You’re invited to join the RegiCeption at the conclusion or go off on your own for dinner.

  • April 10, 2019


    Jamey & Shawn will be attending the IACBE Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV on April 10th to judge the student groups among a panel of other judges from local Las Vegas businesses.

    Two 30-minute presentations: Presentations – 20 minutes each & Q/A – 10 minutes each

  • April 11, 2019


    After wrapping up the ecree presentations, students will be challenged to come up with recommendations related to a complex ethical case. They’ll have 4 hours to prepare their insights and present to two different panels of judges starting at 1:00 PM PST. This will be judged by local Las Vegas business leaders.

    Logistics: 4-Hour Prep and Two 20-minute presentations per group.

    Students will be provided with the case at 8:00 AM PST on 4/11 at the conference. Two 15-minute Presentation per group + 5-minutes of Q&A).

Project Inspiration

Project templates by topic that might inspire you…

Account Management

Process Overview / Mapping
Software Suite Recommendations
Process Optimization

Corporate Social Responsibility

Strategy Development
Requirements Planning
Evaluation and Recommendations

Customer Service

New Business Opportunity Assessment
New Product/Service Development
Customer Discovery/Interviewing

Data Management

Data Scrubbing & Reorganization
Data Synthesis & Visualization
KPI Design Visualization

Growth Strategy

Business Opportunity Research
Prospecting New Relationships
Designing & Scaling Processes

International Affairs

Expansion Planning
Cultural Assessment
Strategic Entry

Legal, Regulatory, Compliance

Impending Regulation Assessment
Legal Documents & Legal Structure Audit
Prospecting Legal Firms


Branding Strategy/Redesign
Social Media Optimization
User/Customer Acquisition Strategy Development & Testing

Mergers & Acquisitions

Prospecting Acquirer Targets
Establishing & Validating Valuations
Researching Potential Acquisitions


Process Design Review
Scalability Assessment
Inter-Departmental Efficiency Assessment

Org Culture, D&I

Diversity Assessments
Inclusion Protocols
Training & Development

PR & Communications

PR Strategy Consulting
Communications Planning
Messaging & Tone Advancement

Product Design & Development

User Testing/Interviewing
Requirements Planning
Product Development/Extension

Purchasing, Logistics, Supply Chain

Sourcing & Distribution Analysis
Inventory Management
Distribution Optimization

Quality Control

Process Mapping & Checking
Document Validity Verification
Data and Fact Checking

Reporting, Financial Planning & Analysis

Growth Analysis
Valuations Assessment
Financial Performance Analysis​

Research & Development

Competition Due Diligence
Industry Size Assessment
Partnership & Channel Mapping

Sales & Business Development

New Business Opportunity Assessment
Market Testing
Customer Discovery/Interviewing

Software Design & Development

MVP Design & User Testing
Systems Integration
Technology Roadmap Planning

Talent Management

Talent Competency Mapping
Training & Development Curriculum Design
Talent Satisfaction Assessments

Academic Mentors


Phyllis Okrepkie

[email protected]

Academic Program Details

SchoolThe International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE)
CourseIACBE Spring 2019 Case Competition
Graduate / Undergraduate
  • All Undergraduate
Students Enrolled50
Student Time Commitment4-7 Hours
Class Meeting Day & Time*TBD

*Note: Company, faculty, and students will finalize meeting and communication schedule after collaboration is finalized

Collaboration Requirements

Requested Industries
Accounting & Legal, Aerospace & Defense, Agriculture & Forestry, Arts, Entertainment & Recreation, Biotech & Pharmaceuticals, Business Services, Construction, Repair & Maintenance, Consumer Services, Education, Finance, Government, Health Care, Information Technology, Insurance, Manufacturing, Media, Mining & Metals, Non-Profit, Oil, Gas, Energy & Utilities, Real Estate, Restaurants, Bars & Food Services, Retail, Telecommunications, Transportation & Logistics, Travel & Tourism
Requested Company Size
  • Pre-Revenue Startup
  • Established Startup
  • High-Growth Startup
  • Small Business
  • Medium Business
  • Large Enterprise
Duration7 weeks (1551243600 - 1554955200)
Company Time Commitment2 Hours per week of mentoring, answering key questions, and providing access to helpful resources
Project Count1


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