Competition Instructions and Process for Selecting the Aston Team 2014
These instructions cover the process for selecting the team to represent Aston Business School at the AUBCC. For the AUBCC rules see www.aubcc.com or Aston’s Blackboard site for the Australian Undergraduate Business Case Competition.
The competition is open to teams of final year students registered on an Aston Business School full-time Single or Combined Honours bachelor degree programme. Entry is not open to study abroad/exchange students visiting Aston.
Entrants must be under 25 years of age on 30 November 2014. Please check you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity before entering the competition.
Teams need to consist of four members, and should have cross-disciplinary knowledge and experience. It is particularly important to have finance and marketing expertise within the team.
For individuals who are interested in joining the competition, but are unable to form a complete team, an area of the AUBCC Blackboard has been set up to enable you to connect with other potential team members.
In order to enter the competition, teams are required to submit an application form by Monday 13 October 2014. The application is via an online survey, and details of the link will be available on the AUBCC Blackboard.
Receipt of the application form will trigger entry into the first round of the competition, when teams are given 10 days to analyse and present a solution to Case 1. Case 1 will be released on Monday 13 October. Team presentations should be submitted in a video format to the AUBCC Blackboard by midday on Thursday 23 October. Details of the video format and assessment criteria will be provided on Blackboard.
At the end of the first round, four teams will be selected to enter the second round of the competition. Successful teams will be notified on Friday 24 October, and will then have five days to prepare a solution to Case 2. Teams will be required to present their solution in front of a panel of judges on Wednesday 29 October. Guidelines for the presentation will be issued with Case 2.
Two teams will be selected to enter the final round of the competition. Successful teams will be notified on Thursday 30 October. At this stage provisional flight bookings will be made for both teams, and where necessary, team members will need to apply for an appropriate visa for entry to Australia.
In the final round both teams will receive personal mentoring in preparation for the final case, which will be issued on Friday 21 November. Teams will have 3 days to prepare a solution for presentation to the final panel of judges on Monday 24 November. Guidelines for the presentation will be issued with Case 3. The successful team will be notified on the day and provisional flight bookings will be confirmed.
In the event that an individual withdraws or is withdrawn from the competition in the final round, the judges reserve the right to reform a new team from the remaining individuals.
The successful team will depart for Brisbane on Friday 28 November to arrive in time for the start of the Australian Undergraduate Business Case Competition on Sunday 30 November 2014.
By entering the competition, teams must commit to be available on the dates and times detailed in the timetable below. If this necessitates missing other classes, please make sure you agree any absences with the relevant module tutor