Solving real-world business challenges with analytics.

This competition is a chance for the brightest graduate analytics students in the country to come together and solve a real-world business problem. During the competition, teams will perform a deep-dive analysis and consider multiple data points before making their recommendations to a panel of industry experts.

The event will be held virtually in March and April 2021. See Rules and Information for competition details.

Attend the virtual Final Round!

The final round of the Case Competition will take place virtually on Friday, April 2, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. CDT. We hope you'll join us to watch the fabulous finalist team presentations! The event is free and open to the public.

Register to attend


1st place - $5000
2nd place - $3500
3rd place - $1500


Teams of 3-4
Enrolled in master's program
No more than 30 teams allowed
Two teams max per school

Case Sponsor

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation


Registration Jan. 4 - Feb. 26
Launch case March 3
First round submissions due March 18
1st round winners announced March 26
Final round submissions due April 1
Winners announced April 2


Registration for the Iowa Graduate Business Analytics Case Competition will open on January 4, 2021. If you have any questions, please contact Allison (Yoder) Hershberger or Kris Arens.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: As of Feb. 18, our competition has reached capacity.  If a registered team is no longer able to attend, waitlist teams will be invited to participate on a first-come, first-served basis. (Teams registering on the waitlist will provide credit card information, but will not be charged unless their registration is accepted.)

Registration fee: $40 to cover hosting and maintenance costs.

Registration Closed 

Contact us

Have questions about the competition? Need to reach the organizer? Reach out today.

Kristine A. Arens
Professional Director, M.S.
Business Analytics, and Lecturer