Forming a team to compete in Chicago Booth-sponsored or national contests designed to showcase your business knowledge and skills is great preparation for your future. As a team, you will learn how to motivate people, build relationships and lead. Here are a few of the competitions in which Chicago Booth students have participated in the past:
- A.T. Kearney Global Prize - The A.T. Kearney Global Prize competition simulates an actual client engagement.
- Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC) - Sponsored by the Polsky Center and Energy Foundry, the VCIC allows students to play the role of venture capitalists, interact with real-life entrepreneurs to evaluate potential investment opportunities, and to be evaluated by actual investors.
- Fortune Small Business Business Plan Contest - This event is designed to uncover the nation's most promising entrepreneurs.
- Energy Finance Competition - This challenge tests MBA students from 16 of the nation's top business schools in a case based on the rapidly-growing energy industry.
- The Edward L. Kaplan New Venture Challenge - Sponsored by Chicago Booth's Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship, many successful businesses have been started as a result of the visibility winning this leading business plan competition creates. More about the NVC.
- JP Morgan Mergers and Acquisitions Challenge - For this competition, students work on a case created by the company based on an actual deal.
- IPO Challenge – Sponsored by the Investment Banking Group, this competition is designed to simulate the analysis, preparation, and delivery that investment bankers engage in when competing to win an IPO mandate.