2016 KeyBank Foundation Minority MBA Case Competition

KeyBank and Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University will be hosting its twelfth annual Minority MBA Student Case Competition March 4-6, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.

KeyBank Foundation will supervise the selection of a contemporary and never-before-used case topic addressing business issues with varied implications at either a national or international level. Teams of three presenters are being invited from universities and colleges across the country to compete.  Please note that, due to funding limitations, no alternate member of the team is being invited to participate or sponsored by the program.  Each team will benefit from the opportunity to develop important professional skills such as analyzing and responding quickly to often-complex business issues.  Also, teams will have a chance to hone their communication and team-building talents while learning from the expertise of business executive judges and moderators.

Important Dates:

  • October 1, 2015: Registration Begins
  • December 18, 2015: Registration Ends
  • December 30, 2015: Selected Teams Notified
  • February 4, 2016: Case Distributed to Selected Teams

Awards: 1st through 4th place winners receive trophies and team awards ranging from $1,000 to $7,000.  Each team will receive individual participation certificates and a team photo plaque. Members of each team will receive a participation allowance ranging from $200 to $400.

Registration: (October 1 - December 18, 2015) Each team must be composed of three presenting members. Only one team, will be given consideration for selection, per university.  16-20 teams will be selected to participate. Presenting teams selected for participation in this minority MBA student case competition must represent ethnic diversity.  At least one presenting team member must represent ethnic diversity. In the spirit of this minority MBA student case competition, it is desired that a majority of the team members presenting be of an ethnic minority background  (identify as being African American, Asian American, Hispanic/Latino American, Native American/American Indian or Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander). 

To be eligible, teams must submit a completed registration, resumes, and $150 nonrefundable registration fee. The 16-20 teams selected to participate will receive two nights of accommodations at the Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center. Meals are included in your registration.  Should a team be selected and withdraw or becomes unable to participate, its registration fee is nonrefundable.

For more information, please contact competition coordinator David Harrison at

FCOB-kybnkmbacse@osu.edu or (614) 292-1017.


2015 KeyBank Case Competition Results



    Prize Amount

 1st Place Saint Thomas University      $7000
 2nd Place University of Southern California      $5000
 3rd Place University of Chicago      $3000
 4th Place Boston College      $1000
 5th Place Yale University      $500


Best Presenters- Awarded $250 each



Jennifer Butler Wake Forest University
Kristen Hayman Florida A&M University
 Jason Arican University of Chicago
 Soledad Filgueira Saint Thomas University
 Gerald Turner University of Southern California


Best Question & Answer- Awarded $250 each



     Chirag Makhija Boston College
 Zoe Wang Yale University
 Phillip Robinson University of Chicago
Shadie Andraos University of California at Berkeley
Sinclair Ridley-Thomas University of Southern California


Photos from the competition:

Each team participating received a plaque and all participants received participation certificates. Also, for the first year, Best Presenters and Best Q&A Responders from each of the four brackets were awarded $250 awards. Based on distance traveled to the competition, members of each team received a participation allowance ranging from $200 (399 round trip miles or less) to $400 (400 roundtrip miles or greater).

The judges were thoroughly impressed with all the insights and recommendations the teams gave. The enormous investment of and time and talent was evident in insightfulness of all the presentations.