KeyBank and Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University will host its 15th Annual Minority MBA Student Case Competition on February 22-24, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio.

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KeyBank and Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University hosted its 14th Annual Minority MBA Student Case Competition on February 23-25, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. During the 14th Annual Minority MBA Student Case Competition the KeyBank Foundation supervised the selection of a contemporary and never-before-used case topic that addressed 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 teams were invited to participate or be 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.




Prize Amount

 1st Place The Ohio State University $10,000
 2nd Place University of Alabama $7,500
 3rd Place Case Western Reserve University $5000
 4th Place Indiana University $3000
 5th Place Purdue University $1000




Shannelle Smith Case Western Reserve University
Rodrigo Grotewold University of Utah
Edgar Kennebrew Purdue University
Indya Weaver Hampton University
Catherine Porth University of Tennesee-Knoxville




Alison Houlihan University of Florida
Tran Nguyen Indiana University
Farzan Sohail Penn State University
Li-Ann Yap University of Washington
Danique Van Der Velden Tulane 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 $500 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.


Awards: 1st through 5th place winners receive trophies and team awards ranging from $1000 to $10,000.  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 Aziza Allen at

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