Scott Anderson

Clock is Ticking: Friday’s the First NB Case Writing Competition Deadline


We all have them, we all need them, and we’ve got one looming on Friday, Oct. 12. That’s the first deadline for the NextBillion Case Writing Competition. But don’t stress, this first hurdle is the smallest.

This is the third year of the competition in which judges evaluate business cases chronicling innovations in market-based approaches to economic or social development.

On Friday (sometime before 11:59 P.M. wherever you are on planet Earth) we’re asking students and/or professors to submit this short entry form, which includes a space for a brief description of organization/business/leadership they hope to detail when they submit the full case.

Again, this first application merely indicates what you’re planning to write about, and hopefully will help you create an early outline for the full case. (By the way, the deadline for final case submissions is Dec. 12).

Contest manager GlobaLens, the case writing division of the William Davidson Institute, is managing the competition to identify and publish these best practices, and to share this knowledge with the university community by publishing the most dynamic and engaging cases.

This also is a good time to remind any fence sitters who are trying to decide whether tol take the plunge: The winning cases not only will be published and offered up for adoption by universities and business schools around the world, there’s also little financial incentive for your hard work. This year, Citi Foundation is sponsoring the competition and will be offering higher prize money for winners:

  • 1st place: $3,500
  • 2nd place: $2,500
  • 3rd place: $1,000

So, why not get started? Download a competition entry form HERE (pdf), a competition submission form HERE (pdf) and if you’d like to review the complete listing of rules and regulations, click HERE (pdf).

Read up on all the details of the competition here, and check out our slate of judges here. If you need a little inspiration, check out the 2011 winners HERE.

Finally, if you have any questions about the 2013 competition, please contact Sandra Draheim with GlobaLens at:

There’s still plenty of time, but don’t wait until the last minute to send us your ideas.