Are you a life scientist interested in business or entrepreneurship? Do you wonder how game-changing decisions are made about our innovative discoveries once they leave the lab? Penn Biotech Group (PBG) and Penn Graduate Consulting Club (PGCC) will be hosting a nation-wide Penn Healthcare Case Competition on November 13th, 2021. This event is meant to give graduate students(PhDs, JDs, MDs, master’s, MBAs, etc) and postdocs an opportunity to solve a real healthcare problem in teams of 4-6 members. You will also be able to meet and engage with corporate leaders from top healthcare and biotechnology firms who will be serving as judges.
All are welcome to apply to participate. No business experience is necessary. Cash prizes will be given! More information can be found by clicking the buttons below.
The competition has ended on November 13, 2021. Here are the winning teams:
1st place: Astralis Consulting (Ishtiaq Mawla, Fabienne Birkle, M. Sydney Smith, Shree P. Metur, Wayne Hawkins )
2nd place: MBS Dream Team (Jonathan Ventura, Alexandra Anaele, Christian Torres, Alice Wen)
3rd place: Physicianeers (Priya Arunachalam, Sandra Zhi, Brendan D'Souza, Robby Loving)
Case Competition FAQ
What is the structure of the case competition?
You will form a team of 4-6 members (2 MBA students max/team). If admitted into the First Round, your team will have ~1 week to solve the healthcare-related case prompt. Following, your team will present your proposed solution(s) in a 10-15 minute video presentation. More detailed information will be included in our manuals for competitors. If admitted into the Final Round, your team will present your solution in front of a live panel of judges on November 13th, 2021.
What if we don’t have MBA students in our team? Can we still participate in the competition?
Yes. You can participate as long as there are 4-6 members in your team.
How many teams will be admitted into the First and Final Rounds??
First Round: After the submission of the cover letter and resume, 15-18 teams will be admitted to the First Round.Final Round: After the submission of your team’s video presentation, 4-6 teams will be admitted to the Final Round.
I don’t have any consulting experience or business background. Can I still compete in the case competition?
Yes, absolutely! We encourage everyone who is interested in consulting to apply, regardless of whether you do or do not have prior consulting experience. It will be a great learning experience!
How can I find teammates?
We encourage teams to be formed through individuals you may know from your program, extra-curricular activities, lab, etc. Additionally, we will host two virtual coffee chats that will enable you to meet other interested applicants and form teams of 4-6.
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