Diverse Minds. Unlimited Solutions.

The Inclusive Excellence (IE) Business Case Competition connects diverse students and selects companies committed to inclusive excellence. As one of the country’s few business case competitions surrounding diversity, the IE Business Case Competition allows students to apply critical thinking and knowledge about diversity to real-world problems facing the participating companies.

Daniels will hold the ninth annual IE Business Case Competition on May 11, 2018.

Register as an Individual or a Team

IE Business Case Competition Schedule of Events

April 4        Information Session
April 18      Team Applications Due
April 30      Case Released
May 2 & 3   Team Training and Case Site Visit to Denver International Airport
May 11       Case Competition


Student Participation & Registration


Participating teams of four to six students must meet the following requirements:

  • Be mixed gender
  • Represent at least two countries
  • Be comprised of both undergraduate and graduate students
  • Include at least one student from a program outside of Daniels (e.g. Korbel, Sturm, GSSW, etc.)

Teams are challenged to put together the most diverse team and define their criteria for diversity.


Students will receive a business case problem focusing on inclusive excellence and business.

Presentation Guidelines

Teams should consider the following broad guidelines when presenting their case:

  • Presentations should be professional and follow business standards (business dress, language, etc.).
  • Consider distinctive viewpoints, such as the community, management, employees, financials and shareholders, etc.
  • Convey a comprehensive understanding of the case including: key issues, possible impacts and future government regulations.
  • Provide a strategic decision analysis including a financial analysis, if applicable.
  • Present a clear resolution and demonstrate proactive management processes.
  • Demonstrate creativity.
  • Bring awareness and attention to inclusive excellence.

Scholarship Prize Money:

  • First place: $6,000
  • Second place: $4,000
  • Third place: $2,000

Prizes are based on per team

The competition has three main goals:

  • Engage in thought leadership and development between business and education
  • Recognize corporate partners who are innovators in the area of inclusion
  • Fundraising for inclusive excellence scholarships and activities

Benefits to students include:

  • The opportunity to tackle a current issue around inclusive excellence, which is a strategic imperative for a participating company
  • Résumés of selected team members are presented to the participating companies for internship and job consideration
  • Team members gain exclusive access to select executives from the participating companies

Daniels invites companies to engage in the following ways

  • Sponsorship Opportunities:
    • Presenting Case Sponsor—$10,000
    • Reception Sponsor—$5,000
    • Student Engagement, Recruitment & Training Sponsor—$2,500