2021 Virtual Case Competition

The NASBITE International Student Case Competition is an exciting learning opportunity for undergraduate students attending two-year and four-year colleges and universities that offer an academic business program.  This year we will also be launching a track for graduate business students, which will be an exciting expansion for those incorporating the CGBP into their graduate business programs. The 2021 competition will be entirely virtual. Competitive pricing (just $250/team), and an April presentation schedule are attractive competition features to highlight.

The Competition allows international business students to solve a real-world challenge posed by a U.S.-based exporter. The goals of the NASBITE International Student Case Competition are:

  • To provide college and university students the opportunity to work collaboratively on a creative solution to a real-world international business challenge, and to put their research, presentation, and networking skills to work.
  • To provide the sponsoring company access to the very best international business students presenting potential solutions to their international business challenges.
  • To provide a solid foundation for student involvement and participation within NASBITE International.


Case Competition Format
NASBITE International is excited to announce a new format for our 2021 competition. All teams will prepare a recording of their proposals and submit those recordings along with an executive summary document to the judges by April 5, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. From these submissions, we will name finalists who will participate in live virtual sessions to be scheduled with the judges the week of April 19, 2021 from which final winners will be determined.

This competition historically has been intended only for undergraduates, but given the expansion of CGBP preparation to graduate programs and the need for more virtual learning assignments, in 2021 we will pilot a graduate track for the competition. A winner from among the graduate student team submissions will be announced, but no prize money will be awarded. Teams must be made up solely of three to four undergraduates for the undergraduate competition and solely of two to three graduate students for the graduate competition. A school may submit both an undergraduate team and a graduate team proposal, but each team must be separately registered to compete.

The recording of the team’s proposed solution should be no more than 30 minutes. A written executive summary (5 pages maximum) should be submitted along with the recording. Team virtual presentations will be scored based on a rubric by a panel of judges representing the sponsoring company and NASBITE membership. The rubric will be furnished to registered teams with the written case.

The top-scoring teams will be invited to be finalists and will be interviewed by the judges about their proposed solution in a live virtual session. Teams that do not move onto the final round will have the opportunity to learn the strengths and weaknesses of their proposal compared to others if they would like constructive feedback.

The team registration fee for the 2021 student case competition is $250. The advisor and school must register to receive the case and the other resources provided, but the names of the students do not have to be submitted until the final presentation is submitted in case the case is being used as a class project. Advisors need to indicate whether the team is graduate or undergraduate. No substitution of team members will be allowed once the team submits. The deadline for team registration is Monday, February 1, 2021. 

General Information
On November 18, 2020, NASBITE hosted a live informational session to share tips regarding best practices, lessons learned from past competitions, and to answer any questions. The session was recorded and can be viewed here.