Application Process

The application period for Race & Case 2018 will open on September 18, 2018. Prospective teams will be asked to complete a brief questionnaire and submit a short essay on ethics. There is no fee to apply. Twelve teams will be selected for the 2018 competition.

The deadline for application is November 1, 2017. Teams will be notified of their selection by November 15, 2017, and are required to pay a $500 non-refundable deposit by December 15, 2017 to secure a place in the competition. Additional teams will be placed on a standby waitlist on a rolling basis should a place become available after the deposit deadline.

Program Fee

The 2018 program fee will be $3000 per team. The program fee covers hotels, lift tickets, most meals, and transportation during the competition. Teams will be responsible for their own airfare, ski/snowboard rentals, and transportation to and from Denver International Airport to the hotel.

Team Composition

Teams will be comprised of four graduate students, and each team must include at least one male and one female competitor. Every team member must be a current student at the educational institution affiliated with the competition application submitted by the team. Teams may include any combination of part-time and full-time graduate students. Teams may have no more than one executive MBA student participant.

Only one team per university may compete.

Case Competition

The case portion of the competition will make up 90% of the overall score and will take place on Friday, February 23, 2018 at the University of Denver. The competition will focus on a business case with an ethical dilemma, which will be delivered to each team prior to the date of the competition. Each team will present their solutions twice, once in a boardroom setting and once in a theater setting, to two separate panels of live judges.

Teams will be provided small study rooms for use throughout the day.

A random drawing will determine when each team will present.

Presentations should be formatted as PowerPoint. Teams may request additional formats, pending the approval of the Race & Case organizers. The presentation must be given in English.

Ski/Snowboard Race

The ski/snowboard portion of the race will make up 10% of the overall score. The race will be held Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the official EpicMix Ski Arena at Breckenridge, CO.

  • Each participant may ski/snowboard a maximum of three runs on the race course. The fastest time will be kept for scoring.
  • The fastest male and female ski/snowboard time on each team will be combined for the overall ski/snowboard score.
  • Teams may accept a default time for those participants that choose not to participate in the ski/snowboard challenge.
  • A handicap will be used to calculate a snowboarder’s race time vs. a skier’s race time.
  • Participants will have the remainder of the day to ski/snowboard at Breckenridge on their own, prior to an afternoon après-ski awards ceremony.


A cash prize pool of $20,000 will be divided amongst teams whose combined case and race scores place first, second, or third. 1st place will receive $10,000, 2nd place will receive $6,000, and 3rd place will receive $4,000. The winning team will receive the Race & Case Winners’ Cup to display on campus for the following year and will be automatically eligible to compete in the 2019 competition.


Team captains will need to submit the team’s presentation on an otherwise blank USB drive during check-in on the morning of Friday, February 23rd, 2018. The presentations will be loaded onto Race & Case computers. However, teams are strongly encouraged to save and bring a copy of their presentation on a jump drive. Clickers will be provided for advancing slides (or teams may bring their own). There will be no microphones. Technological support will be available throughout the case competition. Printing services are available on campus in the University of Denver bookstore.