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National Business Case Competition

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Since 2002, the Leaders of Tomorrow® National Business Case Competition has rewarded more than $400,000 in scholarships and programming support!

High school students analyze an MBA-level graduate school business case and present recommendations before panels of senior corporate executives and business school faculty. Judges evaluate participants with the same level of objectivity they would use to evaluate a graduate student or a professional consultant.

This competition showcases:

  • Critical thinking
  • Advanced academic presentation skills
  • Advanced math, analytical, writing, research and public speaking skills
  • Debating ideas in a high-pressure environment that invites scrutiny from both their peers and professionals.

How to Participate

Registration Dates and Fees
February 1 - March 31, 2016

Registration Fee: $350
(Requires a credit card charge. Fee is non-refundable.)
April 1 – May 2, 2016

Registration Fee: $500

(Fee is non-refundable).

The registration fee must be successfully processed prior to a chapter having access to the official case, scheduled to be released on March 2, 2016.

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The registration fee covers the registration of five (5) students and two (2) adult chaperones. Selected meals and lodging (maximum 3 hotel rooms) are included for participating teams. The fee does not cover city to city or local ground transportation costs or presentation materials. Chapters are responsible for all other expenses.

Additional Students, Chapter Members and/or Chaperones
The cost for additional students, chapter members and chaperones will be at the chapter’s expense. The fee for an additional student is $175 and for an additional adult chaperone is $200 and only covers the event and meals. The fee for attending the Awards dinner only is $75.00.

For more information on volunteering, contact lotcase@nbmbaa.org.

2016 LOT Case Competition
June 24 – 26, 2016
Southern Methodist University, SMU


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All NBMBAA chapters with a Leaders of Tomorrow program may enter a team in the competition if teams meet the composition guidelines.


  • PARENT/GUARDIAN CONSENT & MEDIA RELEASE FORM - Chapters must submit a consent & media release form for each participating student.

  • TEAM INFORMATION – After a chapter registers, please submit requested information on the LOT Case Competition Dashboard under the “Students” and “Mentors, Coaches & Parents” sections.

By registering a team, the chapter affirms that is has communicated to the team members and parents that any funds received by team members as a result of their participation in the Business Case Competition are scholarship funds to be used solely for educational purposes.

For more information on volunteering, contact lotcase@nbmbaa.org.

Lodging Arrangements

Lodging arrangements for additional guests must be made with the hotel and no later than June 1, 2016.

For more information on volunteering, contact lotcase@nbmbaa.org.

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All funds awarded to members of winning teams are scholarship funds to be used solely for educational purpose.

The Scholarship Awarded amounts are as follows and will be paid directly to the students’ educational institution and split equally between members on the team:

  • 1st Place Winning Team: $15,000
  • 2nd Place Winning Team: $10,000
  • 3rd Place Winning Team: $5,000

Note: Please keep in mind that the LOT Case Competition is a scholarship competition. Winning students will only receive funds if they are enrolled in a post-secondary educational institution, and scholarship awards will be paid directly to the educational institution.

For more information on volunteering, contact lotcase@nbmbaa.org.

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How to Become a Judge

Judging the LOT National Business Case Competition is an excellent way to give back. Helping students gain skills that few high school students develop is an added bonus. In the process, you’ll help students reach he heights of excellence they are capable of achieving, and embrace the belief that they can accomplish anything.

Judges must pay for their own travel and lodging expenses.

For more information on volunteering, contact lotcase@nbmbaa.org.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer roles include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Timekeeper
  • Logistics
  • Competition room management
  • Transportation
  • Development
  • Food management

For more information on volunteering, contact lotcase@nbmbaa.org.

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Additional Documentation

Why Should You Be Interested in Sponsoring the LOT® National Business Case Competition?

Business Case History

The Originators

In 2002, the chairs of four NBMBAA® chapters, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and Washington, DC, established the Leaders of Tomorrow® (LOT) National Business Case Competition.

Their Goal

  • Give an additional sense of urgency and purpose to student participation in local program activities
  • Improve a students’ analytical, writing, and presentation skills
  • Increase interaction with other LOT students across the country
  • Provide an alternative recruitment resource for corporate sponsors and higher education institutions for high school students
  • Showcase the abilities of minority students

First Competition

The first competition was held on Saturday, June 22, 2002 at Georgia Power headquarters in Atlanta, GA. The scholarships totaling $400 were awarded to two teams who tied for first place: Dallas and Washington, DC.

The Result

Since inception approximately 400 students have participated in the competition and over $250,000 in scholarships and programming support have been provided.

Past Competitions

13th Annual Competition, June 20-22, 2014
Host Chapter: Columbus, OH
Host School: The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business
Case Topic: Harley-Davidson
Winners: 1st: St. Louis; 2nd: New Jersey; 3rd: Greater Harrisburg

12th Annual Competition, June 21-23, 2013
Host Chapter: Boston, MA
Host School: Bentley University
Case Topic: Nissan
Winners: 1st: Greater Harrisburg; 2nd: Houston; 3rd: Raleigh-Durham Other Finalists: Atlanta and Philadelphia

11th Annual Competition, June 22-24, 2012
Host Chapter: Atlanta, GA
Host School: Emory University Goizueta Business School
Case Topic: Facebook
Winners: 1st: New Jersey; 2nd: Atlanta; 3rd: South Florida
Other Finalists: Austin and Hartford

10th Annual Competition, June 24-26, 2011
Host Chapter: Westchester/ Greater Connecticut in conjunction with Greater Hartford
Host School: University of Connecticut School of Business
Case Topic: Natura
Winners: 1st: Dallas; 2nd: Chicago; 3rd: New Jersey
Other Finalists: Westchester/ Greater CT and Toronto

9th Annual Competition, June 25-27, 2010
Host Chapter: South Florida
Host School: Nova Southeastern University H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship
Case Topic: WalMart
Winners: 1st: Dallas; 2nd: Houston; 3rd: South Florida
Other Finalists: Central Florida and Detroit

8th Annual Competition, June 25-27, 2009
Host Chapter: Detroit
Host School: University of Michigan Ross School of Business
Case Topic: Samsung
Winners: 1st: Austin; 2nd: South Florida; 3rd: Memphis
Other Finalists: Western NY and Washington, DC

7th Annual Competition, June 18-21, 2008
Host Chapter: Columbus
Host School: The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business
Case Topic: Starbucks
Winners: 1st: Columbus; 2nd: Washington, DC; 3rd: Dallas; 4th: Houston

6th Annual Competition, June 22-24, 2007
Host Chapter: Philadelphia
Host School: University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business
Case Topic: Apple Computer
Winners: 1st: South Florida; 2nd: Philadelphia; 3rd: Columbus

5th Annual Competition, June 23-24, 2006
Host Chapter: Houston
Host School: Rice University
Case Topic: NBA
Winners: 1st: Dallas; 2nd: Philadelphia; 3rd: Columbus; 4th: Houston

4th Annual Competition, June 24-26, 2005
Host Chapter: Dallas
Host School: Southern Methodist University
Case Topic: B.E.T.
Winners: 1st: Houston; 2nd: Dallas; 3rd: Washington, DC

3rd Annual Competition, 2004
Host Chapter: Richmond
Host School: University of Richmond
Case Topic: EMI
Winners: 1st: Atlanta; 2nd: Washington; 3rd: Dallas

2nd Annual Competition, 2003
Host Chapter: Washington, D.C.
Host School: Howard University
Winners: 1st Houston; 2nd: Atlanta; 3rd: Dallas

1st Annual Competition, June 23, 2002
Host Chapter: Atlanta
Winning Teams (tie): Dallas; Washington, DC

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