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Competition Process

Timeline: Please see below a sample illustration of the competition process from previous years. You will receive updates on the latest dates for this year's contest in the Competitor Portal once you have registered a team. 

Competitor Preparation: Upon registration, teams will receive access to competition preparation tutorials and templates released through the NIBC Live competitor portal from the time of registration opening until the completion of the First Round.

First Round: The First Round begins with the dissemination of the First Round Case. Registered teams will receive a 100-page case package with a comprehensive valuation model template and detailed instructions. They will have 3 weeks to prepare their submission with the expected resolution time being 2 weeks. Competitors will submit their cases, after which the top 48-64 Undergraduate and Graduate teams will be invited to the Final Round held in Vancouver, Canada. 

Final Round: During the Final Round , finalist teams will receive a case package with refined research, datasets and a scenario-enabled transaction model.

Boardroom Panel: Teams will be given 8 hours of resolution time to analyze a realistic investment banking transaction and prepare a board presentation to a panel of experienced bankers in tiers of 8 teams per boardroom.

Gala Dinner Panel: The top Graduate and Undergraduate teams will present to a live audience of 500 professionals and students during the Gala Dinner. The Final Round Judging Panel comprised of Senior Managing Directors will then select the winning teams to which a $10,000-15,000 prize pool will be awarded.