These are the three pillars of the MBA Games, a national competition between business schools, held annually since 1988. McMaster University is hosting the games this year, on the weekend of January 2. Over 700 MBA students from more than 16 business schools across Canada will come together in Hamilton and Burlington to meet, compete, and do some good.
The academic component of the games involves four business cases, spread throughout the weekend. Typically, these cases are real business challenges faced by real organizations. Teams from each school usually have three hours to develop a solution and present it to a panel of judges.
This year, one of the cases is special. Organizers are working with the City of Hamilton’s Economic Development office to create a case that will be sent to the teams a few weeks before the competition. The case will focus on creating a strategy for promoting investment by the kinds of organizations that will encourage young professionals to live and work in the city. The competitors will present their solutions on January 3 at City Hall to a panel of Hamilton business professionals and city officials.
Fundraising is a big part of the spirit competition. In 2014, the spirit component of the games raised over $50,000 for the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation, a national charity that supports families and children who have cancer. The goal is to raise even more for this year’s charity partner: Ronald McDonald House Charities. A national charity was chosen so that the money raised by teams from across the country would impact their local communities back home.
MBA students from the DeGroote School of Business won the Games in 2014, earning McMaster the privilege of hosting this year’s event. Participants will be staying in the city and using several Hamilton and McMaster venues including the Hamilton Convention Centre, Liuna Station, the David Braley Athletic Centre, Hamilton City Hall, and the Ron Joyce Centre in Burlington.
You can learn more on the MBA Games 2015 website. Good luck to all the teams in the lead up to the games.