The Van Berkom - JMSB Case Competition is open to graduate business students (MBA, MSc, PhD, CFA) with a strong finance background. Of the teams invited to participate in the qualifying round, eight will be selected for the final competition. Qualifying teams will be competing for a generous prize pool totaling $10,000 that will be paid out to the top three teams. The focus of this competition is small-cap portfolio management and value investing. The quantitative analysis required for each case will be extensive. Qualitative elements, however, will be essential in differentiating teams who can demonstrate a thorough understanding of the complexities of small–cap investment management. Judges for the competition will be professionals working in money management.
Where: Montreal, Quebec. John Molson School of Business.
When: May 4th to May 5th, 2012
For whom: Registered graduate business students. (MBA, MSc, PhD, CFA).
About the teams: Each school may send a team of four students plus one alternate (if desired).
John Molson School of Business
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West
Suite MB 5.445
Montreal, QC H3G 1M8
Deadline: The registration deadline is March 16, 2012.
A 24-hour qualification case will be sent on March 23, 2012. The top 8 schools will be selected to advance to the first round of the Van Berkom-JMSB Case Competition.
Cost: $300 (to be paid as soon as the participating teams are determined in the qualification round).
Form of Payment: A cheque made payable to Concordia University.
Participants (for the hosting school) must:
- Be registered as graduate students on January 31, 2012.
- Have taken finance courses covering portfolio management and valuation.
- Successfully get through a qualifying round by demonstrating their ability to analyze a small-cap finance case.
- Candidates currently working towards their CFA designation will be given priority.
First Round (Regular Case)
The competition will consist of two rounds. First Round (Regular Case) In the first round, teams will have three (3) hours to prepare a case presentation. Following the preparation time, teams will give a 20-minute presentation, which will be followed by a 10-minute question and answer period.
Final Round (Live Case)
The top four teams will advance to the finals where representatives of a real company will present a live case. Finalists will be given the opportunity to ask representatives of the company questions. Following the live case briefing and Q&A, each team will have two (2) hours to prepare their case presentation.
The top three (3) teams in the final round will receive a prize payout.