Accepting the Challenge: BCom Students Demonstrate Collaborative Problem Solving During 24-Hour Case Competition

March 15, 2023 | Hamilton, ON
Contributed by Joanna Williams, Marketing and Communications Strategist

First year Bachelor of Commerce students were provided with a challenge: within 24-hours you must prepare a financial literacy case and present your idea to a panel of alumni judges.

Over 900 BCom students accepted the challenge!

The 24-hour case challenge is part of DeGroote’s BCom Rethink initiative where students work together to solve a financial literacy problem. This immersive experience fosters an environment of belonging and collaborative problem-solving, integrating core business skills with essential communication, critical thinking, and entrepreneurship skills.


This event is often a highlight for first year students and is designed to challenge and push them out of their comfort zone. What seems like an enormous challenge at the beginning, turns into a transformative experience as students pull together, navigate the time crunch, delegate, and present a solution.

“We’re growing our students to develop those skills that they need to be successful in life and in their careers,” says Sue McCracken, associate dean, academic.

Students take the skills they learned in class and turn them into action by working on real-life problems.

During the fourth annual 24-hour case, over 900 students participated and 150 volunteers from the DeGroote community supported students in this unique learning opportunity.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Comment Policy

We generally welcome discussion on our blog posts. However, we reserve the right to edit or delete comments in certain situations:

  • Comments which include unrelated or suspicious links or messages (spam).
  • Comments which are off topic.
  • Comments which attack or threaten individuals or a group of people.
  • Comments which include profanity or messages that would generally be considered offensive or inappropriate by the McMaster community.

This site is moderated by the DeGroote Marketing and Communications team. If you have any questions please email Katie Almas.