When should teams arrive in Pittsburgh?
The Thursday Evening Networking Reception is scheduled for March 26th, 2020 from 5:00-8:00pm in the Tepper School of Business building in Pittsburgh, PA. We suggest arriving as many days before the competition as possible to attend CMU Energy Week. It is highly encouraged that teams arrive by 5:00pm to attend the networking reception as we will be going over some event details.
Will there be prize money?
Yes. $10,000 in total prize money will be awarded to the top 3 winning teams. 1st Place = $6,000, 2nd Place = $3,000, and 3rd Place = $1,000.
When will the case be sent out?
The first round of the case will be distributed to teams on Wednesday, February 26th,2020. Case submissions are due by 11:59 PM on Wednesday, March 4th, 2020. Teams advancing to the Semi-Final Round in Pittsburgh will be notified by email on Sunday March 6th, 2020.
Where should we stay in Pittsburgh?
Each team is responsible for securing their own lodging. We recommend using an aggregator site like Expedia, Orbitz, or Kayak, or also looking into Airbnb options.
Do we need to rent a car?
It is up to each team if they would like to rent a car for additional travel. Taxis and Uber/Lyft are readily available in Pittsburgh and to/from PGH airport.
Are there discounts or sponsorships for student travel expenses?
Teams are responsible for their own transportation to the competition.
Will TC3 assist with U.S. visa procurement for international participants?
TC3 welcomes participation from international business programs but unfortunately cannot assist in the visa procurement process.
Do all team members need to be MBA students?
The case competition is structured to be for MBA students, however teams are only required to have one current MBA student.
Will there be a difference in the first and final rounds?
Teams will be asked to address several questions as part of the overall case. There will be some additional information provided the day of the competition for the three final teams. Those teams will have an hour to revise their presentations for the final round.
Who will be watching the final round?
Since we're lucky enough to have our competition coincide with CMU Energy Week, there will be a plethora of viewers from other students, faculty, staff, professionals, and those attending the NREL pitch day going on at the same time.
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