Office of Diversity and Inclusion Student Services KeyBank Case Competition

2017 KEYBANK FOUNDATION MINORITY MBA STUDENT CASE COMPETITION

KeyBank and Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University hosted its 13th Annual Minority MBA Student Case Competition on February 24-26, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio.

2017 CASE COMPETITION SUMMARY

During the 13th Annual Minority MBA Student Case Competition the KeyBank Foundation supervised 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 were invited from universities and colleges across the country to compete.  Please note that, due to funding limitations, no alternate member of the team was invited to participate or sponsored by the program.  Each team benefited from the opportunity to develop important professional skills such as analyzing and responding quickly to often-complex business issues.  Also, teams had a chance to hone their communication and team-building talents while learning from the expertise of business executive judges and moderators.

2017 CASE COMPETITION WINNERS

 Rank

 University

Prize Amount

 1st Place University of Pittsburgh $7000
 2nd Place University of Buffalo, SUNY $5000
 3rd Place Hampton University $3000
 4th Place The Ohio State University $1000
 5th Place Johns Hopkins University $500

BEST PRESENTERS (AWARDED $250 EACH)

Name

University

Christopher Staten University of Pittsburgh
Janeen Blige Howard University
 Cristal Perez University of Albany, SUNY
 JoLena Broussard Louisiana State University
Dominique Shipley University of Southern California

BEST QUESTION & ANSWER (AWARDED $250 EACH)

Name

University

A.J. Ajiboye American University
Briana Logue Hampton University
Vakeeshan Periyathamby The Ohio State University
Dominique Houston Louisiana State University
Vanyssa (Meng) Lin Johns Hopkins University

Each team participating received a plaque and all participants received participation certificates. 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 time and talent was evident in the insightfulness of all presentations.

ELIGIBILITY AND INFORMATION

Awards: 1st through 5th place winners receive trophies and team awards ranging from $500 to $7,000.  Each team will receive individual participation certificates and a team photo plaque.  Each team member will receive a participation allowance ranging from $200 to $400.

Registration:  Each team must be composed of three presenting members. Only one team, will be given consideration for selection, per university.  20-25 teams will be selected to participate. Presenting teams selected for participation in this minority MBA student case competition must represent ethnic diversity.  At least two presenting team members 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 by the deadline shown above. The 20-25 teams selected to participate will receive two complimentary hotel rooms for two nights at the Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center.  Meals are included in the registration.  Teams not selected to participate will receive a reimbursement of their registration fee.

For more information, please contact competition coordinator Dadrien Barnes at

FCOB-kybnkmbacse@osu.edu or (614) 292-1978.