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Local Case Competition Zürich 2019


The Graduate Consulting Club will host its third Local Case Competition on April 27th, 2019 in Zürich. Students from ETH Zürich, University of Basel and other Swiss universities will present their ideas on a challenge to be announced on the day to an expert jury. This is an opportunity to get to know real-life challenges in the start-up world, expand their networks, and compete to win an awesome prize – the invitation to attend the Global Case Competition, where the best teams from around the world will be participating, and a cash prize. 


  • Location — ETH Hönggerberg, Student Project House

  • Date — 27th April, 2019

  • Teams — 4 members; a maximum of 10 teams will be able to participate

  • Participation selection criterion — a short motivation text; no prior experience needed

  • Jury — Senior consultants, start-up founders and business leaders

  • Case — Developing a strategy for a Swiss start-up

  • Format — Case given on the spot, one day competition

  • Networking Apéro — Meeting the jury experts and getting to know fellow participants

Concept – Competitive Spirit Fuels Synergy

Our goal is to bring together students who share our passion for problem-solving. We aim to provide a platform for students to forget about frameworks for a day, and to learn how to take on a real-world business situation. 

For us, a case competition is a means to challenge and engage the participants to find solutions for problems which have no conventional answers. In a competition, minds are pitted against each other and the struggle produces beautiful results. This happens naturally when great talent is stimulated to come up with the best ideas.

The business problem that participants will solve is a strategy challenge. As in the year prior, a Swiss start-up will come to the competition and present their real-life challenges. We will task the teams to come up with creative ideas for these challenges. The ideas can then be pitted against each other and the best one wins the day. The participants are rewarded, and the best strategy can be taken up by the start-up company - it is a win-win situation.


Participants are students, postgraduate researchers, and alumni from ETH Zürich and the University of Basel who are not working in the consulting profession. Students and alumni from other Swiss universities are also welcome to join. You don't need to be a member of the club in order to participate.

One of the goals of this competition is to bring students of different universities together to exchange ideas and get better acquainted with each other. However, we are the consulting club of ETH Zürich and the University of Basel, therefore a team that applies should have at least two people from either of those two universities.

All members of the team should apply individually and list their teammates in the Comments section of the application form below.

If you do not have a team but want to participate, we encourage you to apply individually – teams will be then randomly formed from these applications. A team assembled from single applicants won the Local Case Competition in 2017, therefore don't underestimate your chances if you don't have a team from the start.

Sponsors – A Mutual [Bene]Fit

Our sponsors play an essential role in the competition. Not only do they financially support the competition, but they provide us with the opportunity to meet consulting leaders and industry experts. We want the students to learn about consulting from consultants themselves: hearing first-hand from opinion leaders in consulting is the most powerful way to inspire students to pursue a consulting career. It is really a mutual benefit – for the students to get exposure to consulting and for companies to increase their global outreach and recruit top talent.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact us at