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Van Berkom JMSB Case Competition
March 23, 2019

This event, a premier case competition focused on small-cap investment will provide business students with an opportunity to showcase their ability to analyze financial business cases, develop strategic recommendations and apply the academic skills they have gained in the classroom.

Description
Seeing a gap in the case competition landscape for finance-specific competitions, Concordia University's John Molson School of Business (JMSB) and Van Berkom and Associates Inc. started the Van Berkom JMSB Case Competition in 2011. This event, a premier case competition focused on small cap investment, provides business students with an opportunity to showcase their ability to analyze financial business cases, develop strategic recommendations and apply the academic skills they have gained in the classroom while networking with other business students and professionals in the finance industry.

Teams should be made up of 3 - 4 students each, with the option for one alternate member.

Unique Case Format
The Van Berkom JMSB Case Competition is the only competition of its kind. Not only is the competition focused on finance, where teams must evaluate whether to hold or sell based on their assessment of the chosen company, but each case is presenting in a live format. Teams are invited in to a simulated analyst call, where Mr. van Berkom and two of his senior associates act as the management of the chosen company. Teams are given a summary of the company and then have the opportunity to ask two questions per team.

Nine Teams, Two Days
A qualifying round will be carried out in January of each year. Teams will be given a week to complete their analysis of a case and submit their written applications. The top nine teams selected by our qualifying round judges will be invited to travel to Montreal in March to compete in the Van Berkom JMSB Case Competition. The final competition will involve two days of intense case solving. Teams will be paired up to compete against each other based on a random draw and awarded points by the judges. The cumulative total for the two cases will determine the top three winning schools.

Judges And Scoring
The judging panels are comprised of three to four finance industry professionals selected by the organizing committee and director. Judges will score teams on a total of 30 points based on the following factors:
- Definition of Key Issue(s) - 5 pts
- Qualitative Analysis - 5 pts
- Quantitative Analysis - 5 pts
- Recommended Course of Action - 5 pts
- Handling of Question Period - 5 pts
- Presentation Effectiveness - 5 pts

2018 Outcome
1st Place: Sprott School of Business - Carleton
2nd Place: HEC Montreal
3rd Place: Babson College

Below are all participating schools of 2018.
Organizer
Concordia -- John Molson School Of Business
Eligible Schools
Babson College - Olin Graduate School Of Business
Carleton University - Sprott School Of Business
HEC-Montreal
Tulane University Freeman School Of Business
UC Berkeley - Haas School Of Business
University of New Brunswick
University Of Waterloo, Ontario, CanadaSmith School of Business - Queen's University, UB School of Management - University at Buffalo
Prize
All nine teams will compete for $6,000 in cash prizes, with first place walking away with a cheque for $3,000.