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Local Case Competition Zürich 2018


The Graduate Consulting Club will host its second Local Case Competition on April 14th, 2018 in Zürich. Students from ETH Zürich, University of Basel and other Swiss universities will solve a riveting business case of an emerging digital-technology start-up, expand their networks, and compete to win an awesome prize an all-expenses-paid trip to the University of Cambridge for the Global Case Competition, where the best teams from around the world will be participating. Students will compete in teams to deliver innovative and creative solutions for a real business problem in front of an expert jury formed of professionals from consulting companies, the start-up scene and the business world.


  • Location — ETH Hönggerberg, Student Project House
  • Date — 14th April, 2018
  • 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 an emerging technology start-up
  • Format — Case given on the spot, one day competition
  • First Prize — All-expenses-paid trip to the Global Case Competition in Cambridge, UK
  • Second Prize — Financial award
  • Networking Apéro — Meeting the jury experts and getting to know other 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. An emerging technology start-up has contacted the Graduate Consulting Club and asked us for the creation of their strategy in the short and long term. A wonderful idea was immediately born - why not allow the start-up to present itself and its problem to our creative members who are keen to take on a real-world challenge and see what comes out. 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.



A bridge to one of the most prestigious universities in the world.

Pack your bags and go to the University of Cambridge to compete against teams from all around the world. The winners will be invited to the Global Case Competition in Cambridge, UK. The GCC has partnered with the Cambridge Consulting Network, the largest student consulting club in the United Kingdom, in order to bring the Global Case Competition brand in the UK after its very successful debut in New York last year. Many teams from consulting clubs around the world are waiting for you there for a two-day competition, formal dinners, field trips, and the simple enjoyment of wandering around the colleges of one of the oldest universities of the world. All-expenses-paid, of course.

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