2023 STUDENT CASE COMPETITION
We are pleased to announce a call for teams for the IFAMA 2023 Student Case Competition as part of the 2023 World Conference that will be hosted in Christchurch, New Zealand June 17-18, 2023. Theme: Transforming the Global Food and Fibre System: Worldwide innovation for a resilient, nature-positive, and food-secure future.
Since 2005, IFAMA has hosted the only International Student Case Competition for students and early career professionals serving the agribusiness sector. It offers students and early career professionals a global stage to demonstrate their analytical and problem-solving skills, while giving their respective universities a venue to showcase the next generation of changemakers in the ag sector. (Learn more about the Student Case Competition).
Now in its 18th year, the Global Case Study Competition will be hosted in Christchurch, New Zealand in partnership with internationally recognized Lincoln University and Massey University. Teams from around the world will have an opportunity to compete and showcase their talent on a global stage in a country that lives and breathes food and agribusiness.
The IFAMA Global Case Study Competition has established itself as the world-leading case championship for food and agribusiness students and young professionals.
Designed to challenge analytical, problem solving and strategy skills in addition to teamwork, design, and presentation skills – this competition provides an unparalleled experience to develop and showcase global case talent.
The 2023 competition will accommodate teams in three divisions: undergraduate students; graduate students, or early career professionals. Early career professionals should be under 35-years old. Teams can have from 3-5 members.
Undergraduate teams must be comprised of only undergraduates. Mixed teams are allowed among the graduate and young professional levels; however, the team must largely be comprised of members within that category.
Universities may also send multiple teams. Individual student applications are also accepted, and teams can be formed with students from multiple universities (IFAMA can assist in this pairing if needed). A current IFAMA membership is required before team members can participate.
Each team must have either an academic or industry advisor. The advisor will be the key point of contact between IFAMA and the team prior to the competition. Although advisors play a major role in helping students prepare for the competition, students must work independently from their advisor during the competition. Students and advisors will be given the scoring rubric in advance that will to be used by the judges.
All teams will gather for group meeting prior to the start of the preliminary competition. Exact start times and complete details will be provided in advance of the competition. Teams will have four hours to analyze the case and submit their PowerPoint slides and another hour before their case presentation in front of a panel of industry and academic judges. It is expected that team members will have comparable speaking roles and significantly contribute to their team’s presentation.
Team presentations will be open to the public but participating teams may not attend the presentations of other competing teams. Approximately 30 minutes will be allocated for each presentation, five minutes for set up, 15 minutes for the presentation, and ten minutes for a question-and-answer period with the judges. The judges will evaluate each team based on their presentation and responses to the judges’ questions.
SEMI-FINAL AND FINAL ROUNDS
The top five teams selected by the judges in each division will be invited to advance to a Semi-final Round of the competition on Sunday, 18 June 2023. Although complete details are not yet available, teams advancing to the Semi-Final Round can expect to complete one of the following scenarios: 1) Revise their Preliminary Round presentation after receiving further guidance from the Student Case Chairs; 2) Prepare a revised presentation after receiving a short addendum to the preliminary case; or they may receive an entirely new but shorter case in which they are required to analyze and develop a presentation.
The top two teams selected by the judges in each division will be invited to advance to a Final Round that will occur during the first day of the Forum on Monday, June 19, 2023. Fifteen minutes will be allotted for the presentation and 10 minutes for questions and answers. Judges will assign scores based on the presentations and responses to the judges’ questions.
The winners in each division will be formally recognized during the IFAMA Presidential Banquet and awards ceremony. Cash awards and other prizes to be announced.
Each member of the team must be an active member of IFAMA to participate in the Student Case Competition.
If you are not currently a member, we are offering FREE 1-year memberships to all students, graduates, and early career professionals, who submit their applications between November 25 and Deadline—February 20, 2023. Download the application here: TEAM APPLICATION | INDIVIDUAL APPLICATION
All teams must complete the application form and upload it into the Application Portal: http://ifama.submittable.com/submit Submit only one application per team.
Alternatively, if you submit your application and register after February 20, 2023, and you do not have a current IFAMA membership, you may easily join IFAMA by following this link: www.ifama.org/join-now ($25 USD membership fee).
Students or Early Career Professionals who are not attached to a team but want to compete may apply to join a team by completing an individual application. Every effort will be made to accommodate all unaffiliated individuals, however, if more applications are received than can be accommodated, preference will be given to applications with the earliest submission dates.
Upon acceptance, all student team members and their advisors are expected to follow the normal registration process for the IFAMA conference. To get the best rate, plan to register at the Early Bird fee by March 20. The team and individual registration deadline close on May 1, 2023. Registration fees include attending the entire congress, June 17-22.
TIMELINE AND REGISTRATION FEES
Conference registration opens January 23, 2023. To register visit: https://etipu.boma.global/
Competition Questions: Elena Garnevska: E.V.Garnevska@massey.ac.nz
Logistical Questions: Kathryn White: firstname.lastname@example.org
2023 STUDENT CASE COMPETITION CHAIR
Elena Garnevska, Senior Lecturer in Agribusiness, Massey University, New Zealand
“It’s such a privilege to be involved with the IFAMA Student Case Competition. The ideas and visions applied to real world problems that come out during this intense competition underpin my belief in the next generation of agricultural leaders. They are the ones who will bring the agricultural innovations of tomorrow to the cutting edge of food and value chain sustainability. Supporting the talents and skill sets of these young leaders and watching them flourish is why Bayer sees the IFAMA student essay challenge and case competition as such engaging and valuable initiatives."
— Ronald Guendel Gonzalez, Global Head Partnerships, Food Value Chain, BAYER