Case and Business Plan Competitions

You’ll join with other MBA students to demonstrate strategic thinking, use critical analysis skills, and deliver dynamic presentations in competitions across the country and internationally.

Exemplifying our commitment to providing you with real-life, hands-on experiences, we hold an annual Case Competition, open to all MBA/MS graduate students and graduate students from other invited schools. The prize money totals $5,000.

Additionally, we’re home to the renowned Panasci Business Plan Competition, which annually awards $40,000 in prize money. The Panasci Competition showcases individual and group student business plans and innovative ideas. The competition spans four months, during which you have the opportunity to work with Whitman faculty in the Business Plan Laboratory each week.  In early April, semi-finalists are selected to present their business plans to a distinguished panel of judges.

Whitman Case Competition
The Whitman Graduate Student Organization (WGSO) hosts an annual case competition each Spring.  Each team may have up to four team members. Teams must include students from the MBA, MS in Finance, and/or MS in Accounting programs. Six teams will be selected as finalists.

For more information, contact Lara Marto, vice president of academic affairs for Whitman's WGSO.

Our students compete across the country.  Some of our recent students competed in:

  • The KeyBank/Fisher College of Business MBA Minority Case Competition
  • Howard University’s MBA Exclusive
  • NAAMBA Global Case Competition

Not only have they competed, but our student teams have found great recent successes:

  • Four MBA students took home first prize in a Supply Chain Case Competition April 8, 2011 at Rutgers Business School.  Teams from Rutgers Business School, Syracuse University, University of Delaware, Lehigh University, and NJIT analyzed and presented a case to a panel of judges who were representatives of: Novartis, Colgate-Palmolive, MetLife, Verizon, AstraZeneca, and Panasonic.