Course Title

Northern Illinois University In-Class Advanced Cross-Functional Live Business Case (Fall 2019)

Collaboration Overview

Northern Illinois University's undergraduate Growth Strategy course is looking for a hyper-growth company in the DMV area to work on 3 projects from the selected company. Teams will consist of 4 students per group and a total of 6 groups to work across the 3 different projects.

  • Students will be sorted into 6 teams of 5-6 students per section
  • 2 student groups will be assigned to each project per section (4 student groups total per project)
  • Jacie Collum, the course faculty, will be the main point of contact for the projects (Jacie will check-in with Ashley weekly)
  • Ashley Condon will be required to participate in class every other week on Wednesdays to answer questions and provide feedback

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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

  • July 15, 2018

    Collaboration request published. Companies may express interest in participating.

  • August 1, 2018

    School faculty will begin interviewing interested companies and discuss project ideas.

  • August 24, 2018

    Final date for companies to express interest in participating.

  • September 4, 2018

    School faculty and project champion finalize project charter, legal documents, and background materials.

  • September 5, 2018

    OFFICIAL PROJECT LAUNCH: We’ll find a time on this day to web conference you into our class to kickoff the project.

  • September 12, 2018

    Students will be taken for a Site Visit to see a Product Demo.


  • December 3, 2018

    OFFICIAL PROJECT END: We’ll find a time on this day to web conference you into our class to close the project.

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

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Academic Program Details

SchoolNorthern Illinois University (NIU)
CourseNorthern Illinois University In-Class Advanced Cross-Functional Live Business Case (Fall 2019)
Graduate / UndergraduateN/A
Students EnrolledN/A
Student Time Commitment4-7 Hours
Class Meeting Day & Time*N/A

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

Collaboration Requirements

Requested Industries
Agriculture & Forestry
Requested Company Size
  • Pre-Revenue Startup
Duration12 Weeks (09/05/2018 - 12/03/2018)
Company Time Commitment2 Hours per week of mentoring, answering key questions, and providing access to helpful resources
Project Count3


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