Registration closes October 23 for nationwide case competition

  • October 5, 2023
  • By WashU Olin Business School
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Registration closes October 23 for nationwide case competition

The Koch Center for Family Enterprise is launching a nationwide case competition with the case “Values and Data from the Owner’s Box.” Registration is now open and will close on October 23, 2023.

The case focuses on the Taylor family and their work in the newest Major League Soccer franchise to balance financial and nonfinancial ownership objectives. Family Enterprise Scholar Jessica Timerman and Koch Center Director Peter Boumgarden wrote the case.

The competition will seek to address the challenge for St. Louis’ first soccer club as it balances purpose and performance. The students will wrestle with how the owners can build a team that competes while also accelerating the economic and cultural development of the region.

In February, the Koch Center will welcome the finalists to campus to pitch the owners on how they might best move forward and build upon the momentum of the team’s first year.

Open to graduate and undergraduate students

Each team will be required to submit a short write-up (limit to three pages single-paced and appendices) by 11:59 p.m. CST on the due date, outlining how you think the Taylor family should allocate resources in the next five years to best balance 1) performance on the pitch, 2) financial return on investment and 3) development of the broader region, both culturally and economically.

A panel of judges will select the advancing teams. Five graduate teams and five undergraduate teams will advance to the final round of the competition.

The competition is open to both graduate and undergraduate students in any program of study. Each team is composed of four presenters. Teams must register as either graduate or undergraduate only; the teams cannot include both. Students participating on a team must be enrolled in their respective programs through the Spring 2024 semester.

A full schedule and registration links are available here.

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