Eligibility & Teams

  • Maximum of 30 teams allowed to register for first round, 5 teams advance to final round.
  • Two (2) teams per school may register.
  • Teams of 3-4 Graduate-level students. PhD students are not allowed.
  • Final team rosters due by Monday, March 1. We will not allow teams to adjust team members after seeing the case.


  • The case will be distributed on Wednesday, March 3, two weeks prior to the first round submission deadline.
  • All case information, materials, communication, and submissions will be managed using a centralized site. Teams will be granted access to the site and are expected to utilize the site for the duration of the competition.
  • Once the case is distributed, teams cannot solicit assistance from anyone who is not on the team (including staff, faculty, other students, or the sponsoring organization). All work presented must be solely that of the participating team members. Outside research is allowed (e.g. written, online).
  • After the case is distributed, teams will be given a one-time opportunity to ask questions. All questions must be received by the designated timeframe, as listed. The case sponsor and case officials will review questions and post responses.
  • For data analysis, teams are free to choose the software they utilize.


  • Presentation slides must be formatted using Microsoft PowerPoint or Adobe PDF and be PC-compatible.
  • The first slide of the presentation should list your assigned team number, as well as photos and names of team members. Do not put your school name or logo on any material and do not identify your affiliation to the judges prior to or during the presentation. A student's school affiliation should remain anonymous. Failure to comply with this rule will result in disqualification.
  • Recording of the slide presentation should include video and audio of all team members. Teams are allowed to choose the tool used to record the presentation - for example, Zoom or Microsoft Teams.
  • It is the team's responsibility to ensure audio and video are working after the submission is uploaded to the competition site.
  • Presentations should be no longer than 15 minutes. When judging, videos will be stopped at 15 minutes.
  • Each member of the team is required to present, although the amount of time per speaker may vary.
  • First round teams must upload their presentation and slides to the proper location within the case competition site. Additional details will be provided by competition officials.
  • Presentations must be turned in by 8:00 a.m. (Central Time) on Thursday, March 18. You will not be permitted to make changes to your slides after this submission deadline.
  • Final round live presentations are open to all non-advancing teams and to the public.


  • The judge's panel will be comprised of experts from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other analytics leaders from various industries.
  • The judges will act as a group of top managers and/or directors. The judges are familiar with the data analytics space and the problems identified in the case. Therefore, the case facts do not need to be repeated. Define and analyze the problem and present a justified plan of action with recommendations.
  • A judging rubric will be used when scoring presentations.


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


The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Sponsor) and the University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business (Organizer) are not responsible for incorrect contact information or inconsumable entries that do not meet submission criteria. All decisions of Sponsor/Organizer are final.

By participating in the Iowa Graduate Business Analytics Case Competition, teams (i) agree to be bound by the official competition rules, (ii) agree that the Sponsor and Organizer may use individual team members’ name and likeness for the purpose of promoting and publicizing this and future competitions, (iii) agree that their presentation and any subsequent material submissions may be used by both Sponsor and Organizer.

Competition Timeline

(All Times Central Standard Time)

Monday, Jan. 4 - Friday, Feb. 26 – Team registration

Monday, Mar. 1 – All team members identified and registered

Monday, Mar. 1 @ 12:00-1:00 p.m. Case Competition Launch Call/Zoom Meeting

Wednesday, Mar. 3 @ 8:00 a.m. Case Launch - all materials delivered to teams

Thursday, Mar. 4 @ 4:00 p.m. – Team questions regarding case due

Monday, Mar. 8 (afternoon) – Team questions answered and posted

Thursday, Mar. 18 @ 8:00 a.m. – First Round Presentation and Slides Due

Friday, Mar. 26 First Round Winners Announced (5 teams advance to final round)

Friday, Mar. 26 - Thursday, Apr. 1 – Finalists revamp presentations and resubmit based on feedback

Thursday, Apr. 1 @ 8:00 a.m. Final Round Presentation and Slides Due

Friday, Apr. 2 @ 12:00-3:30 p.m. – LIVE Final Round Judging

Friday, Apr. 2 @ 3:15 p.m. – Winners Announced Live!

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