Frequently Asked Questions (2019)


FAQ - Logistics and Schedule

When should teams arrive in Ann Arbor?

The welcome reception is scheduled for Thursday evening, November 21st, 2018 from 6:30-9:30pm in Ann Arbor, MI (final location to be determined). Please see the RECC Agenda page for a full schedule of events. We suggest arriving several hours before the Thursday Evening Reception to give you ample time to account for travel delays and ground transportation to Ann Arbor.

Will there be prize money?

Prize money will be awarded to the top three winning teams - $4000 for first place, $2000 for second place, $1000 for third place. Note that this is the amount awarded to the entire team, not each individual on the team.

When will the case be sent out?

The first round of the case will be distributed to teams on Sunday, October 20th, 2019. Case submissions are due by 11:59 PM on Tuesday, October 29th. Teams advancing to the final round in Ann Arbor will be notified by email on November 2nd, 2019.

Where should we stay in Ann Arbor?

Each team is responsible for securing their own lodging. We recommend using an aggregator site like Expedia, Orbitz, or Kayak, or also looking into Airbnb options. Please see the Logistics Tab on the RECC website for further details.

Do we need to rent a car?

It is up to each team if they would like to rent a car for additional travel. Taxis and Uber/Lyft are readily available in Ann Arbor and to/from DTW airport. Shuttle service is available from the airport, and information can be found on the Logistics Tab on the RECC website.

Are there discounts or sponsorships for student travel expenses?

Teams are responsible for their own transportation to the competition.

Will RECC assist with U.S. visa procurement for international participants?

RECC welcomes participation from international business programs but unfortunately cannot assist in the visa procurement process.

Do all team members need to be MBA students?

The case competition is structured to be for MBA students, however teams may have a maximum of two non-MBA master's students. Please note that PhD and undergraduate students cannot compete as this is a graduate-level competition. In addition, a maximum of two second-year MBA students are allowed per team.

I am an undergraduate student. Can I compete?

Participation is limited to students at the graduate level.

FAQ - Case

Will there be a difference in the first and final rounds?

Teams will be asked to address several questions as part of the overall case. There will be no additional information provided the day of the competition as teams will be required to turn in 2 slide decks when they arrive Thursday - 1 for the first round and 1 for the final round if selected. The final round will also be open to other students/faculty interested in listening to the presentations.

What is the selection criteria for selection the top teams?

The detailed selection criteria as well as judging criteria during the event will be distributed with the case.

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