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Miami, Florida, USA | June 18 – 21, 2017

It is with great pleasure that IFAMA announces the 2017 Miami Student Case Competition.

The case competition follows the same protocol IFAMA introduced in Aarhus in 2016, with adjustments as needed given the actual number of teams registering. Up to 36 teams will be accepted during the registration period. Teams require a faculty advisor, who will be the primary contact for communications. Teams will consist of not less than 3 and not more than 5 members.

General Structure of the Competition

The 2017 Miami Case Competition is organized into three tracks:

a- Undergraduate
b- Intermediate Graduate; and
c- Advanced Graduate

The preliminary rounds begin on on Sunday, June 18th for all tracks.  The official  case and instructions are released in 30 minute increments to the first teams beginning at 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM and from 10:15 to 11:15 AM. Each team must file their presentation no later than 4 hours after receiving the case. Delays in picking up the case will not extend the deadline. 

Teams will present 30 minutes after submitting their presentations and are given  5 minutes to setup; 15-20 min to present, and 5-10 min for Q&A.  Team sequence and presentations in each section is  randomly selected, however some flexibility is provided to accommodate students who are also presenting research papers should some overlap occur during  the Symposium. The final timing for all teams will be posted by the registration desk on Saturday, June 17th and will also be announced at the Student Welcome Reception on Saturday late afternoon, as scheduled in the conference program.

As noted, and contingent on how many teams register, IFAMA can accommodate up to six concurrent sections on Sunday, two per track. This will allow a maximum of (2 sections x 3 tracks x 6 teams) = 36 teams to register and compete. The event will be capped at 36 teams. Each section will send a finalist team to Monday’s finals. In case there is only one section for a given track, the section will send two finalists on Monday.

There will be a first and second place winning team in each track: Undergraduate, Intermediate and Graduate; each receiving the same recognition. Winners will be announced at the Presidential Banquet on Wednesday evening, June 21,  2017.

Please note: Mr. Raj Vardhan, Senior VP, Olam International and Board Member, IFAMA, has announced that OLAM International will offer a paid internship at an international location to the members of the winning team, Undergraduate track.  IFAMA has received a similar internship offers for the winners of the Graduate track, and is actively working to define a similar offer for the winners of the Intermediate track. IFAMA will release additional information on this as it becomes available.

The table below presents the timing of Monday’s final rounds. Please note the strict timing guidelines.

Schedule for Monday’s case release and final presentation.

 Winning team of each section    Case received      Teams file their docs     Teams present at (25 minutes)
 Undergrad. Section 1  8:30  12:30 13:00 - 13:30
 Undergrad. Section 2  9:00  13:00 13:30 - 14:00
 Intermediate Section 1  9:00  13:30 14:00 - 14:30

 Intermediate Section 2  10:15  14:15 14:45 - 15:15
 Graduate Section 1  10:45  14:45 15:15 - 15:45
 Graduate Section 2  11:15  15:15 15:45 - 16:15

Registration Process, Teams

NEW to 2017 is a process that will be followed

  • The application for registration will indicate what segment the team wants to compete: Undergraduate, Intermediate (mostly teams with both undergraduate and graduate members), Advanced Graduate (majority of the members are Graduate). The final “classification” will be contingent on actual enrollment, but IFAMA will endeavor to follow the preference indicated by the Team.
  • Acceptance of application will be sent to the faculty advisor on a first come first served base.
  • To signify the team’s commitment and to allow for proper allocation of IFAMA support to the teams, the faculty advisor of accepted teams will be responsible for paying a US $1,000 team deposit fee. 
  • Formal Conference Registration of accepted team members needs to be completed no later than May 1. Teams who have not registered by May 1, 2017, will be excluded from the competition, their deposit will be forfeited, and any committed support will be allocated to other teams if and as appropriate.

Registration Process for Students not in a Team

IFAMA welcomes application for registration by “unattached students” who will be placed in appropriate “international” teams. Indeed, some of these teams composed by unattached students have done extremely well in the past (check out the winning teams from prior years!).

The process will be similar to that presented  above for teams with these exceptions / modifications:

  •  The Unattached Student deposit fee is US$ 250.
  • The deposit, net of any bank transaction costs,  and  financial awards, will be distributed at the Miami conference.
  • IFAMA guarantees placement on an appropriate team.

US Visa Requirements

A Visa may be required to enter the USA to attend the 2017 Miami conference. IFAMA will provide appropriate letter of invitations to registered students (i.e. reg. fees paid) requiring a US Visa.

It is the responsibility of the individual student to verify whether or not they need a Visa, and to determine the appropriate deadline required by the US Visa Processing Authorities to process a visa application in time for Miami.

Students who require an endorsement letter from IFAMA must allow time to meet the deadlines. Letter request information will be available on this website by February 1.

Email letters will be processed and emailed back weekly. If an original letter is required by the US authorities, please be advised that it will be sent by regular mail, or by courier, provided a courier fee of US$ 100 is added to and paid with the registration fee. This fee will offset the couriering costs; students are therefore invited to act early to save the need for this cost.


  1. Team and individual registration begins January 23rd. 
  2.  A deposit is required with the application: $1,000 for a Team, $250 for an individual student. *Once your application is received, detailed wire instructions will be sent to you regarding the payment of deposit fee. Application is formally accepted only after receipt of the deposit.
  3.  The competition is comprised of 3 tracks (Undergraduate, Intermediate, Graduate).
  4.  Eliminator rounds occur on Sunday, with advancing finalists on Monday. The schedule will be posted on Saturday and IFAMA will make our best effort to avoid any overlap between team activities and Symposium paper presentations by team members.
  5.  Student financial support is available. See [Student Financial Support and Application].

    For information please contact:  Dr. Francesco Braga, CEO, IFAMA   Email:

    Relevant Dates 

    February 1, 2017 - Registration opens: formal applications accepted by IFAMA
    May 1, 2017 - Deadline to register for the conference, & provide final team list to IFAMA
    June 17, 2017 - Team Check-In and Welcome Reception
    June 18, 2017 - Orientation, Student Case Competition Preliminaries
    June 19, 2017 - Student Case Competition Final
    June 21, 2017 - Winning Teams announced during Presidential Banquet

    How to Register  Team and Individual Registration Instructions  


    Conference Quicklinks 

    Academic Symposium

    2018 Symposium Call for Papers

    2018 Call for Teaching Cases

    Student Information

    2018 Student Case Competition  

    2018 Student Financial Assistance

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