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Program description and Team Eligibility2018-11-19T18:59:48+00:00

2019 NASBITE International Student Case Competition

April 8-9, 2019

Savannah, Georgia

The 2019 NASBITE International Student Case Competition is an exciting learning and networking opportunity for undergraduate students attending two-year and four-year colleges and universities which offer an academic business program,The Competition brings together top undergraduate business and/or marketing students to solve a real-world international marketing challenge posed by a top U.S.-based exporter.

The goals of the NASBITE Student Case Competition are:

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

Up to 18 student teams will compete by presenting live during a Preliminary Round on Monday, April 8, 2019. Teams will have up to a maximum of 30 minutes to present their proposed solutions to a real exporting challenge faced by the sponsor and subject company, AdEdge Water Technologies. Details of the specific challenge will be revealed to registered teams on or before February 15, 2019. A written summary of the team’s proposed solution is required to be submitted at the time of the presentation.

Team 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 by February 15, 2019.

At the conclusion of the Preliminary Round on April 8, all participating teams will gather for a Team Mixer dinner and social, during which four Finalist teams will be announced. The four Finalist teams will then be called individually before the judges on the morning of Tuesday, April 9 to defend their case and answer questions.

The team selected as 2019 Case Competition Champions will be announced during the National Small Business Exporter Summit Luncheon on April 9. All teams are invited to participate in the luncheon.

The team registration fee of $750 provides for participation for one instructor and up to four students, and includes the April 8th Team Mixer Dinner and Social, and the luncheon on April 9.

The team registration fee does NOT include registrations for the National Small Business Exporter Summit on April 9, nor the NASBITE Annual Conference on April 10-11. However, deeply-discounted Student registration fees for the Annual Conference are available (see details below).

The team fee does not include travel or lodging expenses or meals other than the April 8 dinner and the April 9 luncheon. Registered teams are eligible for the special NASBITE hotel rate of $179/night plus tax at the DeSoto Savannah Hotel in Savannah, GA.  Teams must and submit a completed Team Registration form and the Team Registration fee must be paid by February 1, 2019 in order to receive the case on February 15 and a spot in the Case Competition.

The 2019 Case Competition Subject Company: AdEdge Water Technologies

Founded in 2002 and headquartered just north of Atlanta, Georgia, AdEdge Water Technologies specializes in the design, development, fabrication, and supply of water treatment solutions, specialty medias, legacy and innovative technologies that remove a wide range of contaminants from water.

AdEdge’s mode of work and technologies allow its customers to understand how to manage the elements in a variety of industries with outstanding results. These industries include drinking water, industrial process, mining, dewatering, construction, chemical, remediation, and general tertiary wastewater treatment.

AdEdge has extensive experience in the removal of arsenic, iron, manganese, hydrogen sulfide, fluoride, nitrate, and uranium from water, and has sold hundreds of water systems ranging from 5 gpm to over 20 MGD in North America and locations throughout the world including Canada, India, Africa, and countries in Latin America.

AdEdge recently expanded its engineering and manufacturing capabilities to design and build all systems in its manufacturing facility. The USEPA awarded AdEdge 12 arsenic demonstration projects, more than any company in the industry. AdEdge works with 75% of the top 12 design firms in the United States and with hundreds of engineering firms throughout the world.

For more information, visit https://adedgetech.com/.

Meet Our Partners & Sponsors

Summit Event Sponsor: BGI Worldwide Logistics, Inc.
BGI Worldwide Logistics, Inc. is the on-demand freight transportation and logistics specialist providing domestic and international third-party logistics services to commercial customers. BGI specializes in delivering unique solutions to complex shipping problems. Our customers rely on us as their expert resource in an increasingly complex domestic and international transportation environment. For More information on BGI Worldwide Logistics: http://www.bgiworldwide.com/ or email to sales@bgiworldwide.com

NASBITE Gold Partner: Centers for International Business Education and Research (CIBERs)
The Centers for International Business Education and Research (CIBERs) were created by Congress to increase and promote the nation’s capacity for international understanding and competitiveness. There are 17 nationally designated Centers administered by the U.S. Department of Education, located at Brigham Young University, The Ohio State University, George Washington University, The University of Texas at Austin, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Colorado Denver, Georgia State University, University of Connecticut, Indiana University, University of Maryland, Michigan State University, University of Miami, San Diego State University, University of South Carolina, Temple University, University of Washington, and Texas A&M University. Learn more at http://us-ciberweb.org.

Annual Conference and Summit Sponsor: Commerce Bank
We help educate exporters who want to find ways to expand their global sales efforts. We also help trade specialists educate people who want to learn how to export. For the last hundred years, Commerce Bank’s International Department has been serving export companies across America. We offer direct telephone lines to staff who know customers and their company’s needs. It doesn’t matter to us if you have one export transaction a year, just getting started, or are an experienced global company looking for better service. Our approach is to learn about your process, share best practices, and come up with ideas on how to help. Challenge accepted, so contact us today. Learn more here: https://commercebank.com/business/payables-and-receivables/payables/international-payments

Annual Conference and Summit Sponsor: First Home Bank
First Home Bank is a Preferred SBA Lender and ranks as a Top 10 SBA Lender nationwide in total dollar volume and SBA loans approved. For more information, be sure to visit the First Home Bank table in the Chesapeake Foyer to learn about the benefits of SBA financing and enter for a chance to win Apple Airpods! For more information: www.firsthomebank.com/sba.

Silver Partner: Kompass North America

Whether a large corporation or small business that wants to develop its local market or to export its know-how abroad, Kompass puts a unique worldwide database at its clients’ fingertips with its prospecting assistance tools and direct marketing solutions.  Market analysis, sales mapping, targeting, internal database optimization, preparation of prospecting files, mailing, emailing. Kompass can support its clients’ marketing and sales goals at each stage of their business development. https://us.solutions.kompass.com/m/easybusiness/

Silver Partner: Thunderbird School of Global Management
Global business requires a different brand of leadership. Since its inception in 1946, Thunderbird has focused exclusively on educating global leaders in the intricacies of international business and management. Now a unit of the Arizona State University Knowledge Enterprise, today Thunderbird is strengthened by the resources of America’s largest and most innovative public university. Thunderbird offers in-person and online executive education training, including custom programs where the school partners with organizations and businesses to meet specific self-defined objectives. Programs can be held at a company’s facilities, or in any or our global locations in Phoenix (Arizona), Geneva, Dubai and Moscow. Regardless of where you may be in your professional journey, Thunderbird can help you reach your destination. Learn more at https://thunderbird.asu.edu/executive-education

Bronze Partner: Global Training Center
For more information: http://www.globaltrainingcenter.com/nasbite

Bronze Partner: GrowthWheel
GrowthWheel helps business advisors, and their organizations, make more impact and be more productive by offering a certification program, a visual toolbox, and a cloud-based platform that allows you to work with clients in a consistent way and produce reports that track client progress like you’ve never seen before. For more information go to: www.growthwheel.com

Bronze Partner: FITT (Forum for International Trade Training)
For over 25 years the international business community has trusted FITT to support high performers in international trade. Providing online and in person international business training for both private companies and government trade advisors, our internationally recognized training program, FITTskills, has helped over 17,000 people refine their skills to succeed in global markets. FITT also partners with post-secondary institutions by providing access to a leading-edge, standards based, curriculum and instructor resources to support and enhance their international business programs. Learn more at https://fittfortrade.com/

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