What is CBS Case Academy?

 

The Case Academy is a training program within the various disciplines of case solving, which is offered to a selected number of motivated and ambitious students over the course of 4 weeks. Executed through a series of workshops, the program is tailored to provide students – having no or minor experience – with the basic tools to excel in case competitions. The workshops, entailing both theoretical content and practical exercises, will be conducted in cooperation with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) – and will elevate your case solving and presentation skills to the next level.

Starting from the fall 2019 onwards, the Case Academy will only take place once every year (as opposed to twice every year in previous semesters).

“Being a part of the Case Academy has provided me with unique skills which cannot be taught during an ordinary semester. I would definitely recommend students with the slightest interest in the ‘case-world’ to apply for the Case Academy, dedicate time to be present at workshops and finally give all it takes in the Final Case Competition”

– Julie (Finalist in Spring 2018)

When?

The Case Academy has an intake once every year in the fall. The coming Case Academy is conducted over the fall 2019 semester. The dates for the workshops are listed below.

Who?

Students enrolled at a BSc or MSc program from all educational backgrounds are welcome. Previous case competition experience is not a requirement.​

What?

Besides strengthening your problem-solving and presentation skills, the Case Academy will allow you to meet like-minded students and top-tier consultants.

Workshops

Welcome! In this workshop, you will be introduced to the Case Academy and to the concepts of case competitions and case-solving. You will also meet the team with whom you will be working during the Case Academy and be introduced to your mentor.

The workshop will also introduce methods for structured problem-solving that will be crucial for the rest of the program.

Become initiated in the world of case-solving!

This comprehensive workshop will equip you with some of the most fundamental tools and approaches to solving a case. Firstly, it will teach you how to break down a problem and come up with a solution in a structured way using a hypothesis-driven approach. Secondly, it will cover how to communicate that solution clearly and convincingly. Along the way, you will be walked through the best practice process of how to approach a case and end up with a finalized and well-structured presentation.

The understanding you gain from this workshop is vital if you want to get the most out of the following workshops.

Time to get technical!

In this workshop, we will teach you how to quickly and effectively build slides that are easy for the audience to decode.

“A good presentation beats a good solution” is a common saying for case competitors. In this workshop, we will focus on how you present a solution well, taking into account both verbal communication, body language, and how to communicate well as a group.

This workshop will take place on the same day as the Midway Case Competition, and will thus serve as a direct opportunity to apply the learnings by solving and presenting a case.

Time for real-life practice!

In extension of the Presentation Techniques workshop taking place on the same day, your team will solve a 5-hour case for a Danish start-up company. Afterwards your team will get to present the solution and receive feedback on the presentation. The best teams will also get a chance to present at the Midway Final.

This is an ideal opportunity to apply the learnings of the workshops to a real-life business problem.

No solution wins unless it has impact!

This workshop will introduce you to the fundamentals of calculating and communicating financials in a case competition. Furthermore, it will cover how to address the implementation and risks of your solution.

What you have all been preparing for: The Final Case Competition. Here you get to apply all the techniques and theories in a 15-hour case, and you will present your solutions to a jury of company representatives, experienced BCG consultants, and case experts. Nice prizes and eternal fame await the best teams. Will you take home the victory this year?

How do I apply?

You open the application form by clicking the button below. For your application, you are asked to upload one PDF file containing all of the following.

  1. Motivational letter (maximum 1 page), including:
    • Your motivation for joining the Case Academy
    • What you hope to gain from the Case Academy
    • How you will contribute to making the Case Academy an excellent learning experience
  2. CV (maximum 2 pages)
  3. Most recent university grade transcript

You can merge multiple PDFs into one using this tool.

Our assessment will primarily be based on your motivation rather than your merits in terms of work record, grades and previous case-solving experience.

Application deadline: 6th of October 2019 at 23:59.

The application deadline has now passed. Thank you for all the applications. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

 

Frequently asked questions

Your application, CV, and grade transcript must all be submitted in English.

Yes, all BSc and MSc students enrolled at a Danish university are eligible to apply. In fact, we have had past participants from both University of Copenhagen and Technical University of Denmark (DTU) taking part in the Case Academy.

Yes, exchange students are eligible to apply for the Case Academy.

We will return to all of you with an answer on Wednesday, 16th of October 2019 at the latest.

We expect all participants to take part in the full program as the workshops often build on each other as we progress. We do allow our participants to miss a maximum of one workshop during the Case Academy. Should you miss more workshops, then you will not be regarded as a certified participant and you might risk suspension from the program. If you are unable to participate in one of the workshops, then please state this clearly in your application.

You might be in the situation that you have not yet received grades at university level (if, for example, you are a first-year bachelor’s student). If this is the case, you can simply leave this part out of your uploaded PDF document. Under the GPA section in the application form, simply tick the box “I do not yet have a university GPA”.

What past participants say about the Case Academy

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Rating of overall experience (Scale 1-5)
Woukd you recommend the Case Academy to a friend?
Would recommend! 98%
What did you gain from the Case Academy?
It improved my case solving skills! 90%
Did the Case Academy spark your interst in case solving?
Yes, it did! 96%

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