The University of Florida has won three of the first four SEC MBA Case Competitions.

University of Florida to host 2017 SEC MBA Case Competition

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida will host the 2017 SEC MBA Case Competition on April 6-8. The case will feature a business problem facing Nationwide Insurance.

The SEC MBA Case Competition debuted in 2013 and is a graduate-level competition that allows SEC business schools to showcase their students’ skills at solving simulated, real-world problems that cover the spectrum of business disciplines.

“UF is honored to host the 2017 SEC MBA Case Competition,” Senior Director Leadership, Assessment, and Full-time Student Affairs Kara Cupoli said. “I have had the opportunity to be a part of the planning and vision of this competition since its inception six years ago and it has been a true collaboration amongst each of the SEC schools who are committed to providing outstanding learning opportunities to our students. We are looking forward to upholding the phenomenal standards set by the previous host schools and are excited to welcome the SEC to Gainesville!”

UF won the first three times the competition was held, and the University of Alabama won the event in 2016.

The SEC MBA Case Competition is one of several events overseen by SECU, the academic initiative of the Southeastern Conference. All 14 SEC schools will be represented by a four-member team of MBA students. Teams are divided into four divisions and have 24 hours to develop a solution to an issue facing Nationwide Insurance. They will analyze the company’s problem, come up with a strategy and present their solutions to a panel of judges.

The overall winner receives a traveling trophy and a $10,000 award. Awards are also given to second place ($6,000), third place ($3,000) and fourth place ($1,000). There are also $250 awards for individual winners of the best presenter and best question-and-answer categories.

The event also promotes networking for team members. The MBA teams from each school have a chance to interact and build relationships with team members from other MBA programs across the conference.