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The 2022 Championship Round will be hosted online by the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa, USA, and will be judged by business professionals and academics from across Iowa and from UNI’s global network.  It will feature the 16 teams that advanced from the Qualifying Round.

An Opening Ceremony and Welcome Reception will be held on Sunday, March 6, followed by three case rounds beginning on Monday, March 7 and continuing through the week. The competition’s overall champion and the winners of other awards will be announced during the Closing Ceremony on Friday, March 11.  All events will be conducted online.

All rounds will include a live presentation (15 minutes) immediately followed by a live Q&A session (10 minutes).

For the initial two rounds, teams will be divided into four divisions of four universities each. Teams will deliver their presentation and participate in the Q&A, after which they will be assessed relative to the three other teams in their division. Following each match, the judging panel will rank the teams 1 through 4 (specific point totals will be associated with each ranking).  Within each division, the team with the highest cumulative score following the two preliminary rounds will advance to the Championship Final.  If the highest point total in a division is shared by more than one team, the team with the highest ranking in the 10-hour case will be deemed the divisional winner.

The Championship Final will see the four divisional winners present their solution to the 10-hour case a second time (i.e., there is no third case).  Teams will not be permitted to make any alterations to their slides, but are free to change the way in which they speak to those slides.

  • Round 1: 5-hour Case (Monday/Tuesday) *
    First place: 10 points; Second place: 8 points; Third place: 6 points; Fourth place: 4 points
  • Round 2: 10-hour Case (Wednesday/Thursday)
    First place: 10 points; Second place: 8 points; Third place: 6 points; Fourth place: 4 points
  • Championship Final (Friday)

* All days/times refer to Iowa time (i.e., North American Central Standard Time, UTC–6)

Judging Criteria

Judging in the Championship Round will be done holistically, with consideration given to both the merits of the plan and its justification. Recommendations should be logical, actionable, realistic, creative, and well-founded. Presentations should be clear, concise, and persuasive, with clear effort to show the link between recommendations and the underlying analysis. Since this is an international business competition, preference is given to presentations that consider the role of cultural, economic, political, legal, demographic, and geographic variations, where appropriate.

⇒ View the Championship Round Evaluation and Feedback Forms.


For videos of championship-winning presentation from the in-person version of the competition, please visit the pages from previous editions