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2024 Cornhusker Case Competition

Thank you for your interest in representing your institution at the 2024 Cornhusker Business Case Competition hosted by the Nebraska Business Honors Academy. This is a competition for students by students. Undergraduate teams eager to apply their analytical and problem-solving skills to a sports business case are invited to compete!


October 24-25, 2024
Registration Coming Soon
Early Bird Registration Deadline: September 1, 2024, $250 per team
Final Registration Deadline: October 1, 2024, $400 per team

Important Information

Team Composition

Teams of 4-5 undergraduate students


As a recognition for excellence, top teams win the following cash prizes split evenly between team members:

1st Place:


2nd Place:


3rd Place:


Case Information

This business case competition, hosted by Nebraska Business Honors Academy students, will challenge competitors to apply a broad set of skills and present to different audiences. Teams will be tasked with utilizing donated funds to implement a revitalization process at a given zoo. Successful teams will analyze the public support opportunities for the zoo, ascertain key financial and operational details, and design a unique value proposition for stakeholders.

Pre-Competition Work

The first week of October, participating teams will be sent a case overview packet which will include details on the case, presentation expectations, and other required final deliverables. All case deliverables, supporting documents, and presentation will be required to be returned by Friday, October 18.

Tentative Competition Schedule

DAY 1 | Thursday, October 24 | Howard L Hawks Hall, Nebraska City Campus
*Business Casual Dress
6-8 p.m. Networking
DAY 2 | Friday, October 25 | Howard L Hawks Hall, Nebraska City Campus
*Business Professional Dress
8:15 a.m. Check In
8:30-9 a.m. Opening Remarks
9:15-11 a.m. Presentation 1 (All Teams)
11 a.m.- 12 p.m. Lunch
12 p.m. New Case Information Released
12:15-1:15 p.m. Teamwork Time
1:15-2:45 p.m. Presentation 2 (All Teams)
3-3:30 p.m. Break
3:30-4:45 p.m. Final Presentation (Top 4 Teams)
5-5:30 p.m. Awards

2023 Cornhusker Case Competition

First Place Winners

First Place: University of Texas- Austin

Second Place: University of Cincinnati

Third Place: University of Texas-Austin

Travel Accommodations

Each visiting team is responsible for their own hotel and travel accommodations.


Howard L. Hawks Hall

730 N 14th Street, Lincoln, NE 68588

Howard L. Hawks Hall

Lincoln offers a variety of hotels within walking distance of the College of Business. The closest hotels are in the Haymarket district or downtown Lincoln.

Air Travel

Destination: Lincoln Municipal Airport (LNK)

Destination: Omaha Municipal Airport (OMA)
About 65 miles from campus or around an hour drive. Here are some options for getting from OMA to your visit in Lincoln:


When you drive to Lincoln, you'll have many options for parking near campus.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What makes a successful team? The most competitive team will have a group of students who possess the skills to analyze information critically, move quickly and deliberatively, and consider feedback from the judges.
What should I expect? This is a competition for students run by students. We promise you a minimum of two presentations. You will also get two sets of feedback from the judges. Judges will be comprised of both faculty and industry representatives.
What does my registration cost cover? Registration costs cover Thursday evenings networking social which includes heavy appetizers and desserts, Friday’s lunch, and other associated programming costs.
Do I have to be a business major to be on a team? No, we welcome all majors to participate.
Who will the judges be? A combination of industry professionals and faculty. Throughout the competition you will have the opportunity to receive both written and verbal feedback from the judges.

Competition Planning Team

Avery Plessel
Avery Plessel

Junior, Marketing

Sophie thomas
Sophie Thomas

Junior, Marketing and Management

Braden Starck
Braden Starck

Junior, Finance and Management

Kaylee Campbell
Kaylee Campbell

Sophomore, Actuarial Science


Erin Burnette
Nebraska Business Honors Academy

Rebekah Neary-DeLaPorte
Nebraska Business Honors Academy