CBS and Case Competitions

Teams of students represent CBS around the world - and win in the best Danish style! CBS has participated in international case competitions since 1998 and, in addition to having its own internationally recognized CBS Case Competition, CBS participates annually in several international competitions. We field teams at both the graduate and undergraduate level every spring and have a record of which to be proud! Why not apply to get the chance!?

Teams 2016

Champions Australian Undergraduate Business Case Competition 2016
CBS team at CaseIT 2016


Case Competitions: The General Concept

Business case competitions have taken place around the world for over three decades now. The first ones were in North America and were for national schools only. Then the idea evolved and international case competitions began. Fewer international competitions are to be found in the US at this point. They have migrated to Asia, Europe and Oceania. The competitions are evolving as they grow into exciting real-time consulting for companies and organizations.
A business case competition is a great opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills you have gained during your studies at CBS. The extra and invaluable benefit is that you get to apply that knowledge by working as a consultant outside the classroom. CBS strives to participate in competitions with "live" cases, which means that you work on issues confronting a real company or organization in real time.
All teams in the competition are given the same written case about a business and must develop a solution to the issues the company or organization is facing. Teams are restricted to their own members while cracking the case but normally have access to the internet and international data bases for research.

How does a competition work?
Each university sends a team of students (usually four) accompanied by their coach or faculty advisor. Competition can be between as few as eight schools, up to as many as thirty. The teams receive the business case and are then sequestered from the other students and faculty advisor for anywhere from 24 to 60 hours on-site - even longer if the research is done ahead of time off-site.

During that time the team members:

  • Read the business case (anywhere between 2 and 300 pages)
  • Identify the issues
  • Develop a solidly researched plan to resolve the issues
  • Prepare a presentation to convincingly communicate the proposals/plan for the "board of directors" or relevant body (jury of judges)

Case Competitions: The Vision
Participating in a case competition is an invaluable experience - for the students, for CBS and for the focus company in the case!

Many of the students initially apply because of the chance to travel. But they quickly realize there are other, much more important and valuable reasons.

  • "I always thought consultants were people who used nothing more than common sense. My eyes have been opened to the excitement and depth of that field now!" Spring, 2013
  • "I have learned more in the last four weeks with intense training than I learned in my entire education to date. I've learned how to apply all those theories that seemed so useless outside of the classroom!" Spring, 2014
  • "Today when applying for full-time positions in consulting, the skills I use the most are those I learned while participating in the case competition." Spring, 2011
  • "Participating in an international case competition at HKUST in Hong Kong was probably the peak of my three years as an undergraduate. Autumn, 2007
  • "Someone once said; "winning isn’t everything," and I agree. We didn’t win, not the competition anyway, but I still claim we won an experience that cannot be bought ever. CARPE DIEM!" Autumn, 2012
  • "I now have a large international network of future business men and women. You can't put a price on that!" Spring, 2014
  • "Presenting proposals to a real company that really wants to know what to do and how to do it is a chance that I am so glad I took." Spring 2010
  • "I've never been so exhausted. But I've never had so much fun getting so exhausted!" Spring, 1999

CBS gains from these experiences as well

  • CBS started by benchmarking against the best business schools. CBS has now proudly become one of the benchmarks for other schools.
  • CBS students gain polish and poise and assurance that is otherwise a difficult thing to impart in a classroom.
  • CBS believes in providing this opportunity to as many students as possible and not restricting itself to the dream team model. CBS has won using this strong democratic model, thus showcasing the breadth and quality of our students and education.

Companies gain from these experiences as well:

  • By being the "case company" they get the chance to have bright, young minds look at their business in ways they may never have considered.
  • The team proposals are almost always of great use to the company going forward. The winning solution is only part of their gain: even though others schools did not win, companies usually find excellent ideas incorporated in the remaining presentations and often these ideas can be used, as well.
  • The companies get a first-hand look at the upcoming graduates and future business men an women in a way that "normal" recruiting activities can never provide.

If you are interested in applying to become a member of the teams that represent CBS, read the information below and then contact:
Stephanie Hadler or Caroline Krzton, CBS Case Coaches

2017 Competitions

Spring Competitions

CaseIT MIS Case Competition 2017
Simon Fraser, Vancouver, British Columbia
When: Week 7 (14 - 17 February 2017)
Three-student undergraduate team 
2016: 2nd place Copenhagen Business School

Marshall International Case Competition MICC 2017
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
When: Week 8 (20 - 27 Feb 2017)
Four undergraduate team members
MMICC was discontinued for a few years and now is back! Last winner was University of British Columbia, Sauder School of Business

CBS Case Competition 2017  
Copenhagen Business School
When: Week 9 (26 February - 4 March 2017)
Four undergraduate team members  
2016 Winners: National University of Singapore

University of British Columbia, Sauder School of Business, Vancouver
When: Week 10 - 11 (10 - 20 March 2017)
Four undergraduate team members 
2016 finalist: Copenhagen Business School
Belgrade Business International Case Competition BBICC 2017
University of Belgrade, Serbia
When: Week 14 (4 - 11 April 2017)
Four undergraduate team members  
2016 finalists: Copenhagen Business School 
Autumn 2017 Competitions
Australian Undergraduate Business Case Competition 2017
University of New South Wales, Brisbane
Dates to be announced - Nov-Dec 2017
Four undergraduate team members
2016 winners: Copenhagen Business School

Application Process

Very Important Information
  • Deadline: Thursday, 3 January 2017 at 23.59. Application round is now closed.
  • Round One Interviews will begin on Monday, 9 January and run through Friday, 13 January. 
  • Please note: No Skype interviews will be possible.
  • Round Two team presentations will be by invitation only and take place on Tuesday, 17 January (1000 to 1800 approximately.)
  • Teams will be created and training will begin on Thursday, 19 January with a case bootcamp 20-22 January. 
  • You must be in Denmark throughout the rest of the semester and available for training up to the competition date.
  • Training and the first workshops will be at least twice a week, but often 4 times a week every week up to Week 9, when the first competition begins. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday need to be taken out of your calendar through the end of week 8!
  • Attendance is required at all workshops.
  • If you are returning to CBS after 10 January and if you have planned a vacation that is any time after 15 January up to the competition date, you are unfortunately ineligible for team membership.
  • Further details about the application process are under Frequently Asked Questions just below.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who is eligible to apply?

  • Undergraduate competitions: Any student currently in the third year of a CBS bachelor program (full degree CBS students only - no exchange students)
  • You must be proficient in English at negotiation level.
  • You must be present at CBS and not on exchange during the semester in which the training and competition take place.

2. Am I good enough to apply?

  • You’ll never know unless you try!
  • Grades are not the only criteria for a successful application and not the most important!.
  • Relevant student job experience, your business acumen is vital,.
  • “Elite” students are not the only ones chosen. That is a myth. However, participation in a competition will give you an edge that your theoretical studies cannot. THAT will put you in an elite group!
  • You have to be committed to putting in the work that is demanded in the training. If you cannot commit, then do not apply.

3. Can I apply as part of a ready-made group?

  • No. It is, however, good to know which other students you work well with, but the teams are put together across program lines to assure a good mix of background knowledge. It will take you out-of-the-box to work with students from other programs at CBS.

4. How do I apply?

  • Deadline: Thursday, 3 January 2017 at 23.59. 
  • Required for the application: 1) you must upload your CV and 2) your most recent marks from CBS.

5. What must be included on my CV?

6. What is asked for in the online application?

  • Name, address, e-mail address, date of birth, mobile number (the usual)
  • Date of expected graduation
  • Preference for competitions for undergraduates and area of academic preference or expertise
  • Indication of times available for an interview

7. Does it cost anything as a student?

  • Only in terms of dedication, time, and learning! Participation must be seen as an extra course with required attendance. Attendance is non-negotiable.
  • CBS pays for the flight to and from the competition; hotels and meals during the competition are provided, as well.
  • If you need to renew your passport, that is your expense. (Passports must be valid for 6 months after the date of the competition.)
  • If you require a visa for the country or some kind of entry permit, that is your expense.
  • You need to have a presentable, professional business suit. 
  • Aside from mandatory, professional business dress, all you will need to have is spending money for an occasional meal and any personal shopping.

8. How do I get the application to you?

  • You fill out the online application. Include your CV and marks from CBS and your exchange semester.
  • We will go through all applications received by the deadline and short-list those we wish to interview
  • If you are short-listed, you will be invited to a Round One interview on one of the days 9 - 13 January. You need to provide more than one time frame in which you are available!
  • After Round One interviews, a limited number of students will be invited for Round Two. Assessment Day, which will be 17 January from 10 - 18.
  • We will then put together teams and send out mails to all who applied - either informing which team you have been selected for or with a "regrets" mail. 

10. When does training start?

  • Training begins immediately with an introductory workshop on Thursday, case presentations on Friday, and a case bootcamp over the weekend  (week 3) for all teams, as all teams for that semester train together to learn from one another and to attend the various workshops and mock case competitions.

11. What is included in the training and when is it?

  • There are six weeks of intensive training starting in week 3 and continuing every week up to the CBS Case Competition in week 9. Graduate and undergraduate teams train together for maximum shared learning. Each week (Week,3,  4, 5, 6, 7, and 8) consist of at least a Wednesday workshop; after the workshop each team receives that week's case; Case preparation is from Wednesday afternoon through Friday morning; Fridays are for proposal presentations (mock competitions) after case crack. 
  • Attendance is mandatory and commitment is required. It is a great deal of work and very intense, but it's worth it! If you cannot commit to the training due to job or family responsibilities, then you should not apply.
CBS Record of Wins: 1999 to date

They came, they analysed with blood, sweat, tears and laughter, and in the end, they competed in the best Danish style!

Champion: Copenhagen Business School
2016 Australian Undergraduate Business Case Competition, Melbourne, Australia
Christina Skov Jensen (IB)
Jakob Terkildsen (IBP)
Ricco Hansen (IB)
Rikke Knudsen (SEM-A&C)
Finalists: Copenhagen Business School
2016 BBICC University of Belgrade, Serbia
Tom Vollmer (PRO)
Emil Sørensen (IB)
Kajin Rashik (HA-Almen) 
Kristian David Mangold (European Business)
2nd runnerup: Copenhagen Business School
2016 MMICC, McGill University, Montreal
Christian Jelsbech (HA-Almen)
Rikke Knudsen (SEM)
Jannik Pedersen (IB)
Alexander Rosenberg (IB)
Finalists: 2016 Sauder Summit Global Case Competition 
University of British Columbia, Sauder School of Business, Vancouver
Jarl Greve (IB)
Morten Arrild Juhl(IB)
Sarah Nadine Raida(IB)
Sebastian Robert Kersting (IB)

Best in Industry, Copenhagen Business School

2016 Global MBA Consulting Challenge, Marshall School of Business, USC

Christian Wanding Dahl (IMM)
Simone Ringmann (AEF)
Finn Jannik Schmidt (AEF
Ida Bjørlig (IT)
Jonas Müller (IMM)

2nd place Copenhagen Business School 
2016 CaseIT MIS Case Competition, Simon Fraser University

Rasmus Bo Madsen (IT)
Esben Søndergaard Petersen (IB)
Peter Gelardi Mikkelsen (IBP)

Finalist, 2nd place: CBS

2015 Sofaer International Case Competition, University of Tel Aviv

Alex Fong (FSM) 
Casper Laurent (OIE) 
Line Diemer Wulff (AEF) 
René Thygesen (MIB)

Overall winner: CBS

2015 Global Consulting Challenge

Peter Lærkholm Petersen -  FIN,
Joachim Brejnholt Satchwell - FIR
Sigrid Sømod -  IT
Anders Skovsgaard Valentin - FSM
Jan Dong Høgh Vejdiksen - FSM

Second Place: CBS

2015 Sauder Summit, UBC

Casper Sylvest Helledi, IB; Andreas Langholz, IBP;
Katrine Refvem, IT;
Philip Sørensen, IB (GLOBE)

First Place: CBS

2014 HEC International Graduate Competition

Innovation Management: Casper Laurent (cand.soc. OIE), Finance: Jonatan Dehnisch (cand.merc. FSM), Social Entrepreneurship: Maja Okholm (cand.merc. IBP/CEMS MIM), Marketing: René Thyggesen (cand.merc. MIB)

Second Place: CBS

2014 Sauder Summit Case Competition

Emil Dalgård (IB), Kai Naijoks (IB), Line Wulff (IB), Linus Hoppe (GLOBE)
Finalist: CBS

2014 Copenhagen Business School Case Competition
Benedikte Friis (BLC German), Johan Stubert (IBP), Mads Schou-Andreasen (GLOBE), Simone Ringmann (IB)

First Place Overall: CBS

2013 Global Consulting Challenge, University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business 

Christian Hedegaard (CM FIR), Mads Misiak Friis (CM SOL), Daniel Ruff (CM IMM), Morten Veith Schroeder (CM AEF), Mads Wadstrøm Christiansen (CM AEF)

First Place: CBS

2013 Grundfos Challenge Regional Finals

Jannik Henriks (CM IT), Line Hansen (CM SCM), and Max Cantor (CM AEF)

First Place: CBS

2013 Grundfos Challenge International Finals

Jannik Henriks (CM IT), Line Hansen (CM SCM), and Max Cantor (CM AEF)

2nd Place: CBS

2013 International Business Ethics Case Competition, The Center for Ethics and Business at Loyola Marymount University, the Opus College of Business of the University of St. Thomas (MN), and the Ethics & Compliance Officer Association (ECOA)

Bjørg Ilsø Klinkby (MSc IBP), Adam Eithz Kromann (MSc BAP) and  Anne Cathrine Garde (MSc IBP)

Semi-finalist: CBS

2013 Sofaer International Case Competition, Tel Aviv University, The Leon Recanati Graduate School of Business Administration

Alexander Strøm (CM IMBE), Ignas Gibavicius CM SCM), Søren E. Pedersen (CM FIR) , Esben Anneberg Poulsen (CM AEF)

Finalist: CBS

2013 CBS Case Competition, Copenhagen Business School

Anders Lykke Iversen (BSc IB), Douglas von Euler-Chelpin (BSc IBP), Bertil Jessen (BSc EBA), Tennae Villadsen (BSc BLC)

First Place Short Case: CBS

2012 STAR Case Competition, Rotterdam School of Management

Jesper Damsgaard, Andreas Holmbom, Katja Everhardt, Mads Misiak Friis

First Place Long Case: CBS

2012 STAR Case Competition, Rotterdam School of Management

Jesper Damsgaard, Andreas Holmbom, Katja Everhardt, Mads Misiak Friis

2nd place: CBS

2012 Sofaer International Case Competition, Tel Aviv University, The Leon Recanati Graduate School of Business Administration

Daniel Ruff, Marcus Mølleskov, Pedro Maestrelli, Line Hansen

2nd place: CBS

2012 HEC International Case Competition, HEC Montréal, Canada

Shafak Samsheer, Victor Olsson, Karin Blomqvist,  Christian Refshauge, 

First Place: CBS

2012 Scotia Bank International Case Competition , University of Western Ontario, Richard Ivey School of Business

Justinas Pasys, Sara Friis Bache, Mads Misiak Friis, Jesper Damsgaard

Finalists:  CBS

2012 MICC - Marshall International Case Competition, University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business, Los Angeles, California

Mark da Silva, Josephine Jørgensen, Lisa Mogard and Daniel Tufte-Kristensen.

2nd PlaceCBS

2011 SMU APEX Global Business IT Challenge, Singapore Management School

Mads Bukholt, Mads Wadstrøm. Andreas Nielsen

Best Presenter: CBS' Mads Wadstrøm

2011 SMU APEX Global Business IT Challenge, Singapore Management School

Mads Wadstrøm

Innovation Award: CBS

2011 Grundfos Challenge
(First time ever won by team of business economics students!)

Andrea Wiholm, Katrine Bay Ejlersen, Sofie Bay Ejlersen

First Place: CBS Overall Winner

2011 Global Consulting Challenge, University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business 


Simon Sylvest, Christian Øhrgaard, Theis Malmborg, Caspar Høgh, and Joel Madsen

Best Industry Recommendation Award: CBS

2011 Global Consulting Challenge,University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business

Simon Sylvest, Christian Øhrgaard, Theis Malmborg, Caspar Høgh, and Joel Madsen

First Place: CBS Business Economics

2010 Grundfos Challenge  

Danielle Bernth, Anne Ernst, and Karina Kaae Hermansen

First Place: CBS

2010 CIBER MBA International Business Case Competition:University of Wisconsin at Madison

Mia Møgelgaard, Simon Sylvest, Caspar Høgh, and Theis Malmborg

Best Presenter Award (in his division):
CBS' Theis Malmborg

2010 CIBER MBA International Business Case Competition:University of Wisconsin at Madison

Theis Malmborg

Finalist: CBS

2010 Global Business Challenge:
University of Washington, Seattle

Tobias Faber, Sarah Landsted, Maja Raaberg, and Dan Nielsen

First Place: CBS

2010 CA World International Case Competition on The Strategic Value of IT Management
CA World 10, Las Vegas NV

Theis Malmborg, Stephan Brostrøm, Christian Øhrgaard

First Place: CBS

2009 Regionals - CA World International IT Business Strategy Case Competition
Region 6: Kristiansand, Norway

Theis Malmborg, Christian Øhrgaard, and Stephan Brostrøm

Finalist: CBS

2009 Copenhagen Business School Case Competition

Nicki Brøchner, Caspar Høgh, Rasmus Steiness, and Simon Sylvest

2nd Place: CBS

2009 International MBA Case Competition:
George Washington University 
Washington, D.C.

Maxwell Veyhe , Morten Jensen, Stefan K Madsen, and Michael Nass Nielsen

First Place: CBS

2009 Apex Business IT Case Competition: Singapore Management University,

Christian Øhrgaard, Theis Malmborg and Stephan Brostrøm

Best Team - Coaches' Award: 

2009 Apex Business IT Case Competition: Singapore Management University,

Christian Øhrgaard, Theis Malmborg and Stephan Brostrøm

Best Presenter Award:
CBS' Theis Malmborg

2009 Apex Business IT Case Competition: Singapore Management University,

Theis Malmborg

Finalist: CBS

2008 Inaugural Champions Trophy Case Competition:
University of Auckland, New Zealand

Christian Aaen, Cecilie Ena Lise Pedersen, Frederik Roikjer, and Kadri Kinkar

3rd Place: CBS

2008 HSE Corporate Credit International Case Competition: 
HSE, Helsinki, Finland

Søren Friis Nielsen, Mikkel Krogsgaard, Henrik Tordrup Nielsen and Thomas Ryaa Rasmussen

3rd Place: CBS

2007 CaseIT MIS Case Competition:
Simon Fraser University

Mads Rebsdorf, Helena Gufstavsson, Anders Nissen

First Place: CBS

2007 Global Business Challenge: 
University of Washington

Thomas Bo Jørgensen, Jonas Holgaard Levring, Mikkel Munch M. Krogsgaard, and Stefan K. Madsen

Finalist: Global Team (CBS member of)

2007 Global Business Challenge
University of Washington

CBS Member: Harald Tolleshaug

First Place: CBS (Business Economics Group)

2006 Grundfos Challenge

Philip Gaël Dall, Lars Dyrhagen, Anne Kyed

Finalist: CBS

2006 Marshall International Case Competition;
University of Southern California

Rune Mosbech, Simon Schock, Jes Jessen, Søren Friis Nielsen

First Place: CBS

2006 WELLContest (CSR):
Copenhagen Business School

Erik Vindahl Andersen, Chris Kim Yong Ng, and Ellora Faruq

Second Runner-up: CBS

2005 Marshall International Case Competition;
University of Southern California

Bjørn Ruwald, Peter Faaborg-Andersen, Stefan Jung, Fleur Heineke

2nd Place: CBS

2005 McGill Management International Case Competition:
McGill University, Montréal

Frederik Ditlev, Morten Højland Bøjsen, Rasmus Vendler Toft, Christoffer Rasmussen

First Place: CBS

2005 CIBER MBA International Business Case Competition:
University of Wisconsin at Madison

Susanna Beranova, Kanit Dahl, Thomas Jannsen, and Søren Korsbæk

First Place: CBS

2004 CBS Case Competition:
Copenhagen Business School

Lars Elmvang, Lea Kreiner, Katrine Kunst, Patrik Setterberg

Emory Communication Award: CBS

2004 PIM International Case Competition

Rasmus Hannemann Møller, Mandeep Kaur, Pål Holde Dahl, Mads Langhorn

Second runner-up: CBS

2003 Marshall International Case Competition;
University of Southern California

Steffan Nevermann, Ulrik Binzer, Michael Winther Sørensen, Pål Holde Dahl

First Runner up: CBS

2002 McGill Management International Case Competition:
McGill University, Montréal

Danny Juul Christophersen, Christian Pedersen, Anne Reker, Mikkel Bønnelycke

Second Runner-up: CBS

2001 Marshall International Case Competition;
University of Southern California

Anders Schelde, Søren M. Christensen, Lene Christensen, and Søren H. Nielsen

Finalist: CBS

2001 Global Business Challenge: 
University of Washington

Laura Kirkegaard, Birger Dudek, Rasmus Jarlov, and Mauricio Bolana

First Place: CBS

1999 Marshall International Case Competition;
University of Southern California

Kristian Ebbensgaard, David Gruhn, Sigurgeir Gudlaugsson, and Max Heimann



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