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 unreached nation, with the explicit goal of being profitable while reaching the local community for Christ with positive social impact.
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 and community transformation. See articles on Trade & Missions. There are many opportunities for business professionals to serve alongside entrepreneurs to contribute to this cutting edge of the worldwide missions movement today. See International Business Careers.
What's distinctive about this competition?
You will work on a real business case making recommendations to solve current business issues facing an existing missional business and will get to know a network of missional business professionals and entrepreneurs who can enhance your education or career.
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 must be comprised of 2-4 people. At least one member must be an enrolled full-time student in Fall 2017 and all members must be under the age of 35. All team members must complete the registration process including the pre-competition agreement before a link to the online case materials will be released to the team. Once the case materials are released to the team, no new team members may join the team.
Will I get training?
You will find links on our webpage to useful training materials and background reading.
May I seek help from professors at my school?
Yes, each team may consult up to 3 advisors, including professors. Advisors must be followers of Jesus Christ and commit to maintain confidentiality of all case related information. If advisors want to have direct access to the online case documents, they may fill out the "Contact Us" form and make the request there.
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 February 23-24, 2018. Many kingdom-minded business professionals will attend as speakers and mentors. You do not have to be a finalist to attend the conference and we strongly encourage you to attend if you are a MBA or grad student or professional. If you are a finalist, GLS will provide a $1,000 grant to cover your travel cost to New York City and registration fee for the conference where the final round judging will be held.
When is the preliminary round and what are the procedures?
The case will be released to registered teams beginning October 15, 2017. Participating teams have till midnight January 1, 2018 to submit their recommendations online.
A panel of judges comprised of business executives and academics will go through 3 rounds to select 4 finalist teams from all participants by January 24.
All judges will only be given the team names to eliminate any potential bias based on school affiliations, gender, ethnicity, etc.
Even at the final round when the teams present themselves in person, the judges will not be given information about their school affiliations.
If the team name you create is suggestive of your school, we reserve the right to change the name when your submission is presented to the judges.
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 February 23-24, 2018. Finalists meet with missional business professionals and case client representatives, and present their final recommendations in a PowerPoint document before a panel of judges. The first place winner 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 by the conference administration on a case by case basis if you are not a finalist.
How are the team submissions evaluated?
Judges will evaluate all team submissions based on a rubric that includes business and faith metrics. It will be released to all participants as part of the case file so you will know what to focus on in your recommendations.