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Competitions

Here, the competitive spirit thrives.

Through CABE, Robins students can take part in business competitions throughout the year, both within and outside of the school. 

Outside competitions include:

  • The CFA Institute Research Challenge (Richmond)
  • The International Business Case Competition (Boston)
  • The National Team Selling Case Competition (University of Indiana)
  • The Deloitte Battle of the Beltway (Washington, DC)

In the past, students have also participated in The College Fed Challenge in Richmond, the Fed Video Contest on Financial Literacy, Michigan Interactive Investments Intercollegiate Stock Pitch Competition, and the Goodman Accounting Challenge. 

If you are interested in participating in a new competition please contact David North, director of CABE.

Competitions held within University of Richmond include the following:

Business Pitch Competition

The annual Business Pitch Competition is open to undergraduate students across all schools and departments in the University, including individual student-entrepreneurs and teams of students. Held each spring, the Business Pitch Competition is judged by Robins School of Business faculty and executives from firms that range from tech startups to venture capital groups. Pitches are judged on concept, clarity, comprehensiveness, realistic implementation potential and potential value -- and winners get cash prizes (along with the motivation to take their product to market!)

The competition, sponsored by the Entrepreneurship Club, is judged by Robins School of Business faculty and executives from local firms. The goal is to create and present a business concept that is novel and marketable and an approach to building the venture that is reasonable and achievable.

Videos

2017 Business Pitch Competition: All Finalists

2013 Fall Business Pitch Competition Final Round: All Finalists

2013 Spring Business Pitch Competition Final Round: All Finalists

2012 Business Pitch Competition Final Round:

Pitch Introduction | Pitch 1 | Pitch 2 | Pitch 3 | Pitch 4 | Pitch 5

2011 Business Pitch Competition Final Round:

Pitch 1 | Pitch 2 | Pitch 3 | Pitch 4 | Pitch 5 | Pitch 6

McWick Case Competition

In the school’s McWick Case Competition each spring, teams of graduating seniors are assigned a business case. They must quickly evaluate the case and make recommendations for the company. The first round is judged by instructors of the BUAD 497 Strategic Management course. The best teams from each section are sent to a semi-final round to be judged by other Robins School faculty. The final round is judged by experienced executives.

This exciting event is funded through earnings from the McWick Fund. The donor, Kathleen McBride, frequently participates in the competition and makes the awards. She has sponsored the competition since 2000 in appreciation for the educational opportunities given to her as a student at theUniversity of Richmond and to help educate students with the skills necessary to create and manage their own companies.

For more information, contact Jeff Harrison.

CFA Institute Research Challenge

The Center for Active Business Education selects four students each year to participate in the CFA Institute Research Challenge (CFA Challenge). The CFA Challenge is an annual global competition which provides university students with hands-on mentoring and intensive training in financial analysis and professional ethics. Each student participant will be tested on their analytic, valuation, report writing and presentation skills and gain real-world experience as they assume the role of a research analyst.

The first round of The CFA Challenge is a team competition that includes colleges from around the state of Virginia. The competition includes an 8-10 page research report and presentation on a given company. The team will coordinate with a finance faculty member throughout the fall and spring semesters to compete in the competition.The timeline for the CFA Challenge is the following:

  • September – the Richmond team is selected and students meet their mentor
  • October –company presentation
  • January – final research report submitted to CFA Virginia for grading
  • February – finalists announced and oral competition

To be considered for the CFA Challenge, you should take the following courses your senior year:

  • FIN 467 Portfolio Management and Analysis
  • FIN 461 Cases and Financial Modeling (preferably fall of senior year or earlier)

For more information on the competition, visit the CFA website.

Deloitte Consulting Battle of the Beltway Case Competition

Sophomore and junior students have the opportunity to participate in a real-world federal government business case competition. Up to nine teams compete in a preliminary round at University of Richmond in October. Students develop and present a solution before a panel of judges including Deloitte Consulting practitioners and University of Richmond faculty. The top team(s) advance to the final round in Washington D.C. and compete against teams from other regional universities.

Students who participate in the competition achieve valuable experience with case studies and gain exposure to the consulting industry and Deloitte Consulting's federal practice. About 80% of students who participate in the case competition indicate they would participate again.While employment by Deloitte Consulting's federal government practice requires U.S. citizenship, all students are encouraged to participate in the case competition.

Contact:
Associate Professor of Management Jonathan Whitaker
Associate Professor of Management Doug Bosse

The Robins Debate

The Robins Debate was established as a means for students across the University of Richmond to discuss and dispute current business issues in a policy style debate. This competition is also open to students across all majors. Judges will consist of alumni and local business leaders. Tournament format:

  1. Four first-round matches
  2. Two second-round matches
  3. One final round match

Prizes will be awarded to winners of the debate with $2,000 to the first place team and $500 to the second place team. For more information visit this page.

Please send any questions or inquiries to CABE@richmond.edu.

International Business Case Competition

Information coming soon.

Contact
Tom Cosse
Associate Dean for International Business Programs

National Team Selling Case Competition

Each year, the University of Richmond National Selling Team competes in the prestigious National Team Selling Competition.  This event is hosted by Indiana University, and the Center for Global Sales Leadership at the Kelley School of Business on the IU Bloomington campus. This competition is made possible through the generous financial and volunteer support of Altria Group Distribution Company and 3M.   

The purpose of this even is to prepare today's sales students for the world of work. And in today's fast-paced sales world, more companies are turning to a team sell or team consulting approach to their major accounts. The competition attracts top teams of undergraduate sales students from America's leading universities who wish to pursue high-level, complex sales and to practice team selling simulations. Altria Group Distribution Company and 3M employees role-play as buyers and senior management, and also serve as judges.

Each year four University of Richmond students will be chosen for this select competition team. This opportunity offers not only a great line item on your resume, but also the chance to compete against students from some of the best schools in the country.  Selected students will receive training sessions and constructive feedback from selling experts in preparation for the competition.  In addition they will also have the chance to attend a job fair featuring top companies, such as:  Altria, 3M, Kraft Foods, CEB, Google, IGS Energy, Mondelez, MSDS Online, Northwestern Mutual, TEK Systems, Whirlpool, etc.  This experience also offers its participants:

  • The chance to take your classroom knowledge and experience and apply those skills in a selling situation that is realistic and relevant in today’s market. And, there are cash prizes: $3,000 for first place, $2,000 for second, and $1,000 for third.
  • Fun while networking with your teams, interacting with the sponsors, Altria Group Distribution Company and 3M Corporation, and meeting students from other universities.
  • Professors and sales centers will have the opportunity to network and share different team sales techniques and sales education methods.

Contact

Jeffrey Carlson
Assistant Professor of Marketing

Center for Active Business Education

Director
David North, Ph.D.
Queally 285A
(804) 287-1938
cabe@richmond.edu