February 15–16, 2013
The premier case format competition built around businesses facing sustainability challenges, while succeeding financially. Now in its 12th year. Sponsored by Newmont Mining Inc.
Virtual Round: December 1, 2012
Final Round: February 15-16, 2013
The Leeds Net Impact Case Competition is the premier case competition format built around businesses facing sustainability challenges, while succeeding financially. Together with our sponsor, this competition attracts the top rated business schools and future industry leaders to Boulder, Colorado, for a two-day event. The competition is an opportunity to bring together students, executives and businesses who share a common commitment to sustainable business practices and financial returns.
We are very pleased to announce that the sponsor of our 12th Anniversary competition is Newmont Mining Inc.!
A global leader in the gold mining industry, Newmont is the only gold company included in the S&P 500 Index, the Fortune 500 and the esteemed Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. Newmont is Headquartered near Denver, Colorado, and has approximately 43,000 employees and contractors worldwide.
2013 Highlights Include
- $17,500 in prize money – a 17% increase from last year’s $15,000 purse.
- Amazing networking opportunity – MBAs from across North America and professionals from a wide-range of industries
- Discounted lodging in historic Downtown Boulder – The Boulderado Hotel
- Chance to sample some of Boulder’s best sustainable products
- Many more to come
We look forward to hearing from everyone who is interested in competing. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The early registration deadline is November 2, 2012 at 5pm (MDT). Prior to the deadline, registration fees will be $125 per team.
The final registration deadline is November 12, 2012 at 5pm (MDT). Prior to the deadline, registration fees will be $150 per team.
Please note that YOUR REGISTRATION IS NOT COMPLETE until you have made payment. After completed the survey at the above link, please call Olga Platitsyna at 303.492.3032 with your credit card information.
The first round consists of an online submission of a short deck formatted PowerPoint presentation. The submission requires teams to creatively analyze a particular issue (not the same for the final rounds). Teams, which consist of four students, will have two weeks to complete the case and return the deliverable to us for judging, which will be done by Colorado business professionals and professors.
Semi-Final and Final Round
The semi-final round will consist of the top 20 teams from the first round. The 20 teams will be divided into five groups and compete against other teams for a spot in the final round. Teams will be given the semi-final and final round case, which is the same, before they arrive in Colorado. Once in Colorado, the teams will be given an opportunity to ask Newmont representatives questions that may impact their case analysis. On Saturday morning of the competition, teams will present their PowerPoint presentation to the final round judges. Of the 20 teams that advance to the semi-finals, five teams will qualify for the finals. The finals will allow the teams to present their presentation to a new set of judges. The top three teams will be awarded a CASH Prize. The finals judges will be comprised of C-Level executives from sustainability, energy and academia.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions at email@example.com.
Multiple Team Submissions
- There is no limit to the number of teams any school may enter for the first round
- No overlapping: students may only compete on one team
- A maximum of three teams from any one school will be able to move on to the final rounds in Boulder, CO
- Cooperation between teams from the same university is not allowed; each team needs to work completely independently
- Teams are to be composed of four graduate students from each participating institution
- A minimum of three students must be enrolled in your respective school's MBA program
- The other member may be a student in a different graduate program in your university
- The team MUST consist of the same four students that will compete in the final competition in Boulder, should your team advance
- In compelling cases, teams my substitute one member between the First-Round and final competition
- If unavoidable, teams may participate in the final competition with three MBA students
- NO human input (outside of the four-person team) is allowed. Failure to abide by this policy will be grounds for disqualification
- This includes, but is not limited to conversations, emails, or other contact regarding the case, deliverable(s) or contact with the company involved in the case
- Schools that submit multiple teams are not allowed to consult with other teams from their university or any other faculty member
Faculty, Coaches, Advisers, etc
- Teams are not allowed to receive input from faculty, coaches, advisers, or third-party consultants to aid them in their analysis of deliverables, or to attend live rounds
- The participation of faculty, coaches, advisers, etc. or their assistant(s) are grounds for disqualification
- Do not contact the company in the case, or anyone directly affiliated with the case
- Please do not consult faculty members in your case research
- Presentations will be judged based on your ability to analyze the information presented in the case, and clearly and effectively communicate a recommended course of action that is well-grounded in fundamental business principles. That is, finance, marketing and sustainability
First Round Submissions
- Submissions for the first round are due back to us no later than Wednesday, November 28 at 11:59pm Mountain Time
- Upon release of the first case your team will received detailed instructions on format and submission procedures
Timeline & Costs
October 25-27, 2012
Net Net Impact National Conference in Baltimore, MD – we will have a table at the Expo on the 26th, so please stop by. Discounted entry fees are available there! ($125 per team is the discounted price until November 2)
Monday, November 12
$150 entry fee for first-round competition is due to administration office of Leeds School of Business by close of business day (5pm Mountain Time). Late payment may result in a reduced amount of time to complete the case. So please, get your money in sooner than later.
Wednesday, November 14
Case Materials: The article, template Power Point slides for the deliverable, and instructions will be e-mailed to each team's contact person.
Wednesday, November 14—Wednesday, November 28
Prep Time: Teams prepare analysis for article using the template Power Point slides, provided by Leeds, for final deliverable.
Wednesday, November 28, at 11:59pm Mountain Time
Due Date: First-Round deliverable due back via email for judging. NO late entries will be accepted. Send the document ahead of time if you think there may be a problem.
Monday, December 3
Results from the First-Round announced
Monday, December 17
$850 entry fee due for the advancing teams
(Please take note that this is a short turnaround from the time that we announce the advancing teams. Make arrangements in advance if your school has a long processing time.)
Friday-Saturday, February 15-16, 2013
Competition Semi-Finals and Finals in Boulder, CO
Congratulations on reaching the semi-finals. Below is some information regarding of the logistics for the finals weekend in February. If you have questions beyond what is below, please post them on blackboard and we’ll get to them as soon as we can.
The Final Case
The final case will be posted on blackboard on February 2nd.
You should plan to be in Boulder and checked into the Hotel Boulderado by 5pm on Friday, February 15th. When booking your room at the hotel Boulderado, be sure to use the promo code for the discounted room rates.
Most major airlines fly into Denver’s airport, however, it is a major hub for United, Southwest, and Frontier. You will need to get yourself from the airport to Boulder; we do not provide transportation. There are several means to do this.
Fare Quote from DIA to Hotel Boulderado
Upon exiting the airport, follow signs to “RTD” which is located on the 5th traffic island in the passenger pick-up area. The bus ride typically takes about an hour and costs $11 each way. The route to Boulder is AB. Exit the bus at the Boulder Transit Center. From there, it is a quick walk down 13th street to the Hotel Boulderado. Please refer to the schedule to plan accordingly.
Most major car rental agencies are represented at the Denver airport.
5:00-6:30p: Registration and Cocktail Reception
6:30-7:00pm: Welcome by Leeds School of Business
7:00-9:00pm: Presentation by Newmont Mining, Q&A session
8:00–12:00pm: Semi–final Presentations
12:00–1:00pm: Lunch Break
2:00–5:00pm: Finals Presentations
6:00-7:00pm: Cocktail Hour
7:00-10:00pm: Award Banquet
- Bainbridge Graduate Institute (2 teams)
- Claremont Graduate University
- Columbia School of Business
- Concordia University
- Darden School of Business (Virginia) (2 teams)
- Duke University (2 teams)
- George Washington
- Georgia Tech
- HEC Montreal
- Indiana University
- Penn State
- University of Alabama
- University of Arizona
- University of Minnesota
- University of Washington (3 teams)
Sustainability at Leeds
David Payne: Leeds Faculty Member
Chris Barba, Leeds MBA '12 & Net Impact President
Mathias Frese, Leeds MBA '13 & Net Impact Case Competition Co-Director