National Business Case Competition

Each year, MBA students from around the country submit case studies on current business challenges facing the corporate world. The competition, sponsored by ExxonMobil, awards top students scholarships and corporate internships.

The National Business Case Competition, sponsored by ExxonMobil, invites MBA/MA teams from select business schools to analyze compelling business issues that challenge students’ critical thinking, analytical and communications skills. The competition provides graduate business students at select schools the opportunity to compete for scholarships as either a team or individual. Entrants are given a specific business topic and asked to present the business case in an innovative strategy to solve a corporation's problem.

2019 Case Topic

Sponsored by:This year’s competition, sponsored by ExxonMobil, will challenge teams to develop a comprehensive strategy for the recruitment, development, and retention of high potential black leaders for a global F100 company. Registered teams will receive the full case, with complete details, by February 15, 2019. Team submissions will be due March 15, 2019.

Click here to apply for the 2019 National Business Case Competition.


The Executive Leadership Council’s 2019 Business Case Competition is open to graduate MBA, MA, and MS students. Teams may consist of up to four students and each team must include at least two students who are black, with one of the black students serving as team captain. There is no registration fee or cost to participate.


The first place team will receive a $35,000 scholarship cash award and will be recognized during The Executive Leadership Council’s 2019 Recognition Gala in October before an audience of more than 2,000 corporate, education, civic, and community leaders. The second place team will receive a $20,000 scholarship cash award with the third place team receiving $15,000.

Judging Process

A panel of corporate, non-profit, academic, and policy leaders will serve as judges and review the team submissions. Based on first round scores,the top three teams will be invited to our Finals to present their cases to determine final rankings. Teams will be notified of first round scores by March 29, 2019. Our Finals event will be hosted by ExxonMobil in Houston, April 8-9, 2019. All travel and lodging will be provided by The Executive Leadership Council.