APEX Postgraduate Case Competition

APEX challenges participants to solve complex, interdisciplinary business problems currently being experienced by organisations across a variety of sectors.

Overview

First held in 2016, the APEX Postgraduate Business Case Competition (APEX) is a joint effort between the University of Melbourne and the Indian School of Business. In 2017, the competition will be hosted by the University of Melbourne with leading business schools from Australia, India and New Zealand competing. This year, the competition will run from Sunday 10 December until Wednesday 13 December.

APEX will challenge students to solve complex, interdisciplinary business problems currently being experienced by organisations across a variety of sectors. In solving these problems students will be able to demonstrate their analytical, time management and presentation skills.  The competition will provide ample opportunity for valuable exchange between industry representatives and students, as well as encouraging students to build inter-institutional relationships.

Competition Format

Students will work in teams on two cases throughout the course of the competition:

Case 1:

  • Short-form case (prepared and presented within one day)
  • Random team allocation into two divisions (five teams per division)
  • Presentations will be ranked and awarded points at the end of the round.

Case 2:

  • Teams will be given 24 hours to prepare a presentation.
  • Random team allocation into two divisions (five teams per division) for the semi-final presentation.
  • Presentations will be ranked and awarded points at the end of the round.
  • A weighted average of Case 1 (25%) and Case 2 (75%) will be used to determine the top three teams that will move to the final round which will determine the champion team for the competition..

Detailed rules and regulations will be provided to the competing schools, in due course.

Eligibility

Students selected by their universities for participation in international business case competitions are generally ambitious, intelligent, and motivated to succeed. While the student selection process varies between schools, the process typically requires students to maintain a high standard of academic achievement and also demonstrate strong personal and professional attributes. Selected as the best representatives of their universities, business case competition participants are a select group of the keenest young minds in business.

  • Participants must be under 30 years of age, as at the first day of the competition.
  • Each of the team’s four participants must be enrolled full-time in a Master’s degree program.
  • Participants must be full degree students at the university, and may not be study abroad or exchange students from any other institution.
  • Past APEX participants are ineligible to compete.
  • Each team should be accompanied by a university advisor.

Schedule

Day 1: Sunday

Welcome Function

Day 2: Monday

Case One Preparations and Presentation

Social Evening

Day 3: Tuesday

Case Two Preparation

Day 4: Wednesday

Case Two Presentations and Closing Ceremony

Day 5: Thursday

Departure

Press and Media

Press and media may be invited to cover certain activities throughout the week. Competitors will be asked to sign a release form for any photographs or videography taken during the competition week.

Who is this for?

Graduate students

Contact

If you have any further questions about this program please contact us.

Isha Kaur
fbe-see@unimelb.edu.au