- Apply the theory you learn in class to solve existing business challenges with the BCom Case Competition
- Represent the University of Melbourne and compete with other student teams from across the world to solve a business case at an International Case Competition
- Do you have a great idea for a StartUp? Pitch your idea at the UniMelb StartUp for your chance to win seed-funding to get your project off the ground
BCom Case Competition
The BCom Case Competition is a campus based competition designed to complement the International Case Competition program, providing a greater number of students the opportunity to participate and develop case competition skills.
It offers an opportunity for you to test your business case solving skills, receive training from and network with corporate sponsors and get hands-on experience as a management consultant. Plus the opportunity to win amazing prizes including a share in $5,000 cash, guaranteed interview for the International Case Competition program, and a guaranteed interview for SPP's graduate/internship program.
Who can apply?
Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce, 2nd year and above including Honours.
How do I apply?
Students must apply via an online application form. Applications for the 2018 BCom Case Competition will open in Semester 2.
We encourage you to enter as a complete team of 4, however if you would prefer you can enter as a team of 2 and we will match you with another team of 2 for the competition.All teams will consist of 4 students: submit 1 application form per team.
Thanks to our BComp Sponsors
SPP (Principal Sponsor)
SPP is a high-impact consulting firm that partners with senior executives to overcome complex strategic and operational challenges. From high-growth SMEs to to some of Australia's largest businesses, SPP works closely with clients across a broad range of sectors to deliver practical results with a tangible outcome. SPP brings a customer-focused, nimble and highly skilled team with a rigorous and consistent approach to projects to help clients improve and grow. Their work ranges from strategy development, market research, business case development, and inputs to policy, through to the implementation of organisational improvements. SPP has been a longstanding partner of the University of Melbourne through sponsorship of the University Case Competition, employment of undergraduates, as well as being a leading recruiter of MBAs from the Melbourne Business School.
UBS (Major Sponsor)
UBS is committed to providing private, institutional and corporate clients worldwide, with superior financial advice and solutions while generating attractive and sustainable returns for shareholders. Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, UBS has offices in more than 50 countries, including all major financial centres, and approximately 60,000 employees. In Australia and New Zealand, UBS provides comprehensive investment banking and asset management services to corporates, institutions and governments by combining local insight and credentials with the firm’s global franchise.
Market Lane Coffee (Local Business Partner)
Market Lane Coffee is a boutique coffee roaster and retailer, born and based in Melbourne. Dedicated to high quality coffee, they source their beans from some of the best coffee growers in the world, and roast them in small batches, always aiming to bring out the finest qualities. Market Lane Coffee is passionate about customer engagement and education. Their mission is to make good coffee accessible and exciting, simple to understand and appreciate, and easy to brew and enjoy.
International Case Competitions
The Faculty of Business and Economics attends some of the best International Case Competitions in the world. We have sent students to dozens of exciting destinations over almost two decades, and next year it could be you!
In 2017, our teams competed in California, Florida, Oslo, Montreal and Bangkok. Read all about their experiences in the FBE Newsroom.
Destinations for 2018 include:
- Auckland, NZ: Champions Trophy Case Competition (28 January - 4 February)
- Oslo, Norway: BI International Case Competition (10 February - 16 February)
- California, USA: Marshall International Case Competition (21 February - 24 February)
- Vancouver, Canada: Sauder Summit Global Case Competition (3 March - 9 March)
- Montreal, Canada: McGill Management International Case Competition (11 March - 17 March
Who can apply?
The program is open to all BCom students who will be in their 2nd year or above (including Honours) in 2018.
You MUST be available on Wednesday evenings and weekends for training between the end of November and the date of the competition that you are selected to go to.
How do I apply?
- Applications to be submitted online. The deadline is usually mid-late September
- All applications will be assessed by a panel of academics and International Case Competition alumni
- Results of the selection round will be communicated via email in late September
- Interviews will take place in early October
Please note: Applications for the 2018 International Case Competition have now closed.
Please note that you need only submit one application form to be considered for all competitions. If successful in your application and interview, you will be placed in a team designed for one specific competition/destination according to your team's strengths.
To complete your application you will need to prepare in advance:
- Your resume - the file name should be: FamilyName_FirstName_StudentID_resume.pdf
- A cover letter - the file name should be: FamilyName_FirstName_StudentID_letter.pdf
- A current photo (face) - the file name should be: FamilyName_FirstName_StudentID_photo.jpeg
- A statement of your results from my.unimelb - the file name should be: FamilyName_FirstName_StudentID_results.pdf
- A response to the following statements (maximum 250 words each):
- Describe the personal attributes and skill set that you will bring to an international case competition team.
- Describe the personal attributes and skill sets you feel would be needed in your team to complement your own
Note: If shortlisted, you must be available for the following period:
- Interview day - Wednesday 18 October
- If selected to compete at an International Case Competition, you are required to be available for an eight-week training program on Wednesdays (from 6pm), and during the day on Saturdays and Sundays over the summer vacation, commencing on 25 November (except the University holiday period; 24 December - 1 January)
Costs and payments
All accommodation for every competition is paid for by the Faculty. Participating students also receive a bursary which covers the cost of flights and sundries.
The Faculty of Business and Economics is pleased to announce the launch of this year's UniMelb StartUp Pitch Competition where participants will have the opportunity to pitch their startup idea to a panel of Australia's most prominent Angel Investors and Industry Experts for feedback and prizes!
This year's competition is chaired by internet marketing and social media expert Dr Brent Coker, and is proudly supported and sponsored by entrepreneurship experts from Melbourne Business School, Wade Institute and Australian Trade and Investment Commission's Landing Pads in San Francisco.
UniMelb StartUp '17 has now concluded. Please keep an eye on this page for more information about UniMelb StartUp '18.
Prizes and Speakers
This year we are pleased to be able to offer winning teams up to $6k in seed funding as well as an opportunity for finalists to apply for a month-long Entrepreneurship Program in San Francisco valued at $32,000!
Participants will also have access to three preparatory seminars and workshops delivered by entrepreneurship experts Professor Colin McLeod (Program Director, Master of Entrepreneurship) and Dr Marcus Powe (Mentor, Wade Institute) to help you and your team prepare for your pitch and the competition in general, read on to find out more!
The UniMelb StartUp Pitch Competition is as much a competition as it is a learning experience. Whether or not you have a start-up idea in mind, we encourage all students across the University who are interested in entrepreneurship to take part in at least the first stage of the program:
- Meet like minded individuals at the Mixer Nights - this is a great place to meet others to form a team or even join a team that is looking for someone with your unique skills! Multi-disciplinary teams are seen as an advantage so try to create your very own 'super-team'!
- Learn about start-ups through the free seminars and workshops delivered by experts.
- Form a team of up to 4 members (try to form a multi-disciplinary team) and submit your proposal which will be assessed by a panel of experts.
- The top 10 submissions will progress to the preliminary round.
- The top 5 teams that make it through the preliminary round will progress to the Finals.
- The top 3 teams that make it through the Finals will receive seed-funding to the value of: $3,000 (first place); $2,000 (second place); $1,000 (third place)
- All finalists (top 5 teams) will be eligible to apply for the Entrepreneurship Program hosted by Landing Pads in San Francisco valued at $32,000!
1. Express your interest in joining any of the competition stages listed above
2. Read the Competition Handbook for participation details (including eligibility and participation requirements)
3. Register to attend a mixer night to meet other participants or form a team:
- Mixer Night 1: 5.30 to 7.30pm on Thursday, 3 August
- Mixer Night 2: 5.30 to 7.30pm on Tuesday, 8 August
4. Register to attend Preparatory Seminar 1: Customer Validation
(5.15 to 6.15pm on Tuesday, 15 August)
5. Register to attend Preparatory Seminar 2: Product Market Fit
(5.15 to 6.15pm on Tuesday, 29 August)
6. Register your team and submit your proposal (applications close Sunday, 10 September)
Please refer to team eligibility and proposal criteria in the handbook in Step 2 before completing this step. This form should only be completed by the Team Leader on behalf of the entire team. You will be asked to provide information about your team members - please ensure that you have the following information on hand for all team members before starting your application:
- Student ID
- First name
- Last name
- Preferred first name
- Course/Program of study
- Email address
- Mobile number
- Dietary/accessibility requirements
Please refer to the Competition Handbook for further information about the competition such as: eligibility, key dates, proposal requirements, the entrepreneurship program and judging criteria.
The UniMelb StartUp ‘17 Competition is proudly supported by: