Full-Time MBA


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. Partial funding is even available to help alleviate travel expenses. Here are some of the competitions which Chicago Booth students have participated:

  • The Edward L. Kaplan New Venture Challenge - The New Venture Challenge, sponsored by Chicago Booth's Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship, has led to the creation of many successful businesses as a result of the visibility from winning this leading business plan competition creates. Read article »
  • Social New Venture Challenge - The Social NVC helps students launch for-profit and nonprofit ventures that have a social impact mission and a model for financial sustainability.
  • Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC) - In the VCIC, students get to play the role of venture capitalists, interact with real-life entrepreneurs to decide potential investment opportunities, and are evaluated by actual investors.
  • Sterling Partners Investment Thesis Challenge (SPITC) - Students form teams to conceive and propose an original investment thesis in the Sterling Partners Investment Thesis Challenge.
  • The Marketing Summit at Wake Forest University - The Marketing Summit competition provides students with the opportunity to apply their marketing skills and creativity to real-world marketing challenges.
  • IPO Challenge - Sponsored by the Investment Banking Group, this IPO Challenge is designed to simulate the analysis, preparation, and delivery that investment bankers engage in when competing to win an IPO mandate.
  • Million Dollar Portfolio Challenge - MBA Face-Off - The Million Dollar Portfolio Challenge is a nine-week, real-time, fantasy stock and currency trading competition for teams of MBA students.
  • Deloitte National Case Competition - In the Deloitte National Case Competition, MBA students test their critical thinking, business knowledge, and strategic problem-solving potential through case simulation of a topical, complex business issue.
  • Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) Case Competition - In the SABR Case Competition, teams prepare an analysis and presentation of a real baseball operations decision.
  • National Energy Finance Competition - The National Energy Finance Competition challenge tests MBA students from 16 of the nation's top business schools, in a case based on the rapidly - growing energy industry.