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Conference 2016 Agenda

Case Competition

This year, we celebrate the 10th Annual Minority MBAX Case Competition. We commemorate a decade of excellence from business students across the country, as well as the dedicated faculty at Howard University School of Business.

The Minority MBAX Case Competition, sponsored by LMI, unites top MBA candidates and gives them the opportunity to apply critical thinking to a complex business challenge and compete for $11,000 in prize money.

The business case, developed by some of LMI’s top logistics experts, is heavily focused on engineering and business practices, and requires a cross-disciplinary team. We suggest you be creative when selecting your team members as a variety of skills are needed to develop a solution—from market research to business process. Teams should approach the case strategically and bring insight from a variety of perspectives.

pdf-icon Download 2013 Case Study Here


Each team will consist of 3-4 members. At least 50% of the team must be comprised of individuals from an ethnic minority group. One faculty/staff member may serve as the advisor and should attend the competition. Provided by LMI, the case is based on real government issues, allowing top MBA students the opportunity to demonstrate their strategic, analytical, and communication abilities on practical pressing problems.

Prize Money

First Place: $5,000

Second Place: $3,000

Third Place: $2,000

Fourth Place: $1,000


The registration fee includes tickets for meals, dinner reception, MBAX workshops, and complimentary access into the HU MBA Career Fair Expo.  Students are strongly encouraged to setup interviews with interested companies.

Early registration is $200/per team, beginning July 14, 2014 through September 8, 2014.  The general registration fee is $300/per team, beginning September 9, 2014 through October 3, 2014.

*The first 15 teams to register will receive free housing accommodations

*Each team will be placed in two double rooms for Thursday and Friday, October 16-17, 2014.

*Registration will fill up fast, so please submit your team during Early Registration to take advantage of the $100 discount per team and free housing.

*The entire team must arrive by Thursday, October 16, 2014 between 2:00pm-4:00pm check-in for the case competition.


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Rules & Details

General Rules

1.      Teams will consist of 3–4 members. The teams may be a combination of U.S. and foreign students, but at least 50 percent of the team must represent an ethnic minority.

2.      Teams must designate one person as the team captain. This person will be the point of contact for all correspondence between the team and competition organizers. It is the responsibility of the team captain to ensure the entire team receives all communications.

3.      All team members must be currently enrolled MBA or MS students and must bring a Student ID as validation.

4.      Teams are limited to one faculty advisor. The advisor is prohibited from exchanging tips with other advisors or conferring with judges or staff for the duration of the competition.

5.      All team members (not their advisor) must be present at the hotel between 2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 16, 2014, to register their team for the competition. Any teams who do not register for the case competition by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 16, 2014, will be disqualified.


1.      In addition to the materials included with the case, team members may use any publically available sources or materials (i.e., libraries, Internet) for their research.

2.      Once the team receives the case on Monday, October 6, 2014 (by downloading it from the FTP site), coaching by faculty members, school staff, or contact with outside experts is expressly prohibited. This includes industry contacts and faculty other than the team’s faculty advisor. Each team is permitted to have one dress rehearsal presentation with its faculty advisor prior to the competition. Feedback to the team from the advisor should be restricted to the organization, format, and style of presentation only. Feedback from advisors on content or strategy aspects is not permitted.

3.      Teams must submit their presentation on a USB drive and on paper handouts at registration by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 16, 2014. Therefore, NO changes can be made to the presentation after registration. The USB drive should be clearly labeled with the team number and should only include the final presentation file. The USB drives will be returned to the team captain after the competition. Teams should submit 8 black and white, stapled copies of their presentation at registration.

4.      Presentation must use PowerPoint 2007 or newer. No audio will be allowed in the PowerPoint presentations.


1.      All team members MUST speak as part of the presentation. The advisor cannot participate in the presentation in any way.

2.      Teams are prohibited from referring to their university affiliation in any presentation materials or in the oral presentation itself.Teams that do so will have 20 points subtracted from their score.

3.      PC laptops with Microsoft PowerPoint and an LCD projector will be available to teams during their presentation. The paper handouts will be distributed to the judges by competition organizers before the presentation starts. Teams members are not allowed to use speaker notes.

4.      Each team will be given 5 minutes prior to the start of the presentation in case of technical difficulties. If the problem is not resolved after 5 minutes, teams must use their paper handouts.

Competition Format

1.      All teams will compete in the first round on Friday morning, October 17, 2014, from 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. The top four teams will be selected to compete in the final round on Friday afternoon, October 17, 2014, from 3:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

2.      Team advisors may only observe their teams during the first round. All participants may observe the final round once their final presentation has been delivered.

3.      Teams that are picked to present in the second round will then do their original presentation for a new set of judges,

4.      Each round will consist of a 20-minute presentation and a 10-minute question and answer session with the judges.

5.      Teams in both rounds will be judged on quality of analysis, creativity, clarity and viability of recommendations, use of case facts and data, quality and style of oral presentation, Q&A session, and team participation.

6.      All competitors and advisors must wear the name badge provided in order to enter presentation and reception events.

7.      The top four teams will receive their prizes in the form of a check payable after the competition. Students are responsible for completing any necessary documents, as well as providing their social security number to receive payment. Please allow at least 5 weeks for payment of prize money.

Cancellation Policy

Without exception, registration fees are forfeited should team cancellation be required. Teams may bring a substitute if any team member becomes unavailable for the competition.

Code of Conduct

The Ethic of Reciprocity is the Golden Rule. It states that one has the right to just treatment and a responsibility to ensure justice for others. In order to ensure a just competition, each team must be respectful of other groups.

-          Please do not discuss the content of the case with other teams in any way either before or during the competition.

-          Please have your entire team available at the applicable destination at your scheduled time.

-          Please exit your applicable room when your time has expired.

-          Do not question the opinion of the judges.

-          Please be gracious in your conduct throughout the duration of the competition.

All teams are expected to attend both first and final rounds of the competition and the award ceremony.

Conference Disclaimer

You Must Read This BEFORE You Register:

Full Conference Attendee:

Your MBAX conference registration is NON-REFUNDABLE AND NON-TRANSFERABLE.  When on site at the conference badges/meal tickets will be needed to attend all functions and if you lose your badge/meal tickets you will be required to re-purchase your original registration. Absolutely NO Exceptions.

In order to better manage our cost we are asking that you to confirm if you will attend the Saturday night events by checking yes or no on the registration form.  If you are NOT planning to attend we ask that you please check no so we can plan accordingly.

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