What is a case competition?
To develop the best recommendations for a real business challenge, based on information provided on its background, operations and problems.
What is a missional business?
While it may mean different things to different people, in this competition we focus on businesses set up in an emerging market, with the explicit goal of being profitable while reaching the local community for Christ. They are viable, sustaining businesses, not mission funded operations.
Why are missional businesses important?
Business that contributes to economic and social development of a community is welcomed by developing countries where most of the unreached peoples are today. See Business As Mission: The Why & How. Throughout history, business has always been a change agent in the world that facilitates the spread of the Gospel. See articles on Trade & Missions.
What's distinctive about this competition?
You will work on a real business case and get to know a network of missional business professionals and entrepreneurs who can enhance your education or career.
Who can participate?
Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled as of Fall 2016, and recent grads under age 35 are all welcome to register. Since this is a faith-based competition, we ask that participants be followers of Jesus Christ.
Is registration free?
Do I need a business background?
It is not a necessity, though it helps to have a basic business understanding. In fact, it is advantageous to build a team with diverse and complementary skills.
Do I need consulting experience?
No, you will find links on our webpage to useful training materials and background reading.
What are the requirements for the team?
Teams may comprise of 2-4 people. One member must be an enrolled full-time student in Fall 2016.
How will I be placed on a team if I participate on my own?
You may indicate at registration that you would like us to place you on a team. It may be a team outside of your campus or geographical location. However, we encourage you to invite a few friends and register a team since we cannot guarantee placement.
Will I get training?
You will find links on our webpage to useful training materials and background reading. We do not expect faculty from your school to provide in-classroom instruction as part of your participation, although you are encouraged to seek training opportunities and general business advice.
Will I get to meet missional business professionals?
The final round will take place at the Believers in Business Conference in New York City on April 7-8, 2017. Many kingdom-minded business professionals will attend as speakers and mentors. You don't have to be a finalist to attend the conference and we strongly encourage you to attend. If you are a finalist, GLS will pay to bring you there.
When is the preliminary round and what are the procedures?
The case will be released to registered teams beginning October 15, 2016. Participating teams have till January 15, 2017 to submit their recommendations online. A panel of judges select and invite finalist teams to the final round.
When is the final round and what are the procedures?
The final round will take place at the Believers in Business Conference in New York City on April 7-8, 2017. Finalists meet with missional business professionals and case client representatives, refine their recommendations, and present their final recommendations in a PowerPoint document before a panel of judges. The winning teams will be announced on the same day.
Can I attend the final round if I'm not a finalist?
Yes! We strongly encourage you to attend if you are a MBA or graduate student or professional. It will be a unique opportunity to meet kingdom entrepreneurs, learn from their experiences, and network with other like-minded people. However, the Believers in Business conference is designed for MBA students. Registration for undergraduates will be accepted on a case by case basis if you are not a finalist.
How are the finalists chosen?
Judges choose finalists based on a rubric that includes business and faith metrics.