February 24, 2022

University of Kentucky to Host 2022 SEC MBA Case Competition

University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics
University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics

By: SEC Staff
SECU (Twitter: @TheSECU)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics will host the ninth annual SEC MBA Case Competition April 7-9 in Lexington, the SEC announced on Thursday.

The SEC MBA Case Competition, established in 2013, provides opportunities for SEC business schools to showcase their students’ skills at solving simulated, real-world problems faced by a large corporation. Although this year’s corporation will be announced at a later date, previous companies involved in the competition include Aflac, AT&T, Regions Financial and FedEx Corporation.

“We are excited to host the SEC MBA Case Competition in person for the first time since 2019,” said Lorna Patches, Executive Director of the Professional Resource Center at the Gatton College. “Although it is an intense three days, it is an opportunity for students across the SEC to network and collaborate in an environment of friendly competition. Our entire planning team is looking forward to providing an exceptional experience for all of our SEC colleagues on the UK campus and around Lexington.”

The SEC competition will begin on Thursday evening with a casual event designed for competing MBA students to meet and share experiences before the work commences the next day. On Friday morning, the teams will receive the case from representatives of the case company, and then they have approximately 24 hours to prepare their recommended solutions – before presenting to a panel of company executives in divisional and final rounds on Saturday.

At last year’s event, hosted virtually by Auburn University, the Gatton College MBA team placed third overall in presenting strategies to Aflac.

This year, the winning team receives an award of $10,000; second place receives $6,000; third place receives $3000; fourth place receives $1,000; and individual division winners for best presenter and best Q&A are awarded $250 each.

For more on the SEC MBA Case Competition, click HERE to view a short video.