Case Study Competition Example: The Way MBA Students Make Winning PPTs

If you're an MBA aspirant wondering how students make PPTs to present their ideas in corporate case study competitions, then this post can help you. In one of the previous posts on "How to Win National Level Case Study Competitions?", I had shared the steps to prepare for the different rounds of these competitions.


In the comments section of that post and also in the messages, I was asked to share some sample case study PPTs so that the members could have a look at what the judges liked in the winning PPTs.


In order to bridge that gap and provide for this piece of information, today I'll be sharing some samples from the PPTs of 4 national case study competitions that my team won during MBA, namely:

  1. Colgate Transcend

  2. OYO The Catalyst

  3. Capgemini L'innovateur

  4. Kotler's Conundrum

Case Study Competition PPTs


ROUND - 1


Three Winning Strategies


In the prequel to this post, I had shared three strategies to create PPTs for Round 1. I will be sharing examples of our Round 1 PPTs using the same strategies:

Strategy 1 - Leave no blank spaces, fill your slides.

In the example shared above, you can see how we made use of the entire space of one slide to showcase everything including the research, the main idea, the challenges, its financial implications, etc.


The reason why you should make full use of the PPT space is because the first round comprises of thousands of teams and the evaluator has very limited time to go through each idea. So, the first level of evaluation is often dependent on how extensively the team covered all grounds and how much effort they put in.

Strategy 2 - Conduct and show primary and secondary research.

The first example can be used to make this point as well. If you notice the first illustration on the top titled "Contamination in Supply Chain", it is based on a secondary research that we found on the web.


In order to make your presentation look more holistic, always try finding existing researches that support your claims. If you're unable to find some, it's always better to conduct your own primary level research.



Strategy 3 - Add a video/GIF/wireframe to explain your idea.

In the example shared above, we used a wireframe (not exactly a wireframe but an illustration) to show how our recommended idea i.e. an app would work. Now, this slide is not full of content because there was no restriction on the number of slides, so we used the space to showcase the idea. You can use custom animation if there is any space constraint or if you want better impact.


ROUND 2 -

The round two strategies are similar to round one but here you need to focus a lot more on your primary research and the insights you were able to draw from it. For example, we conducted a rich primary research for OYO Life and depicted all the insights in the format shared above. While presenting this slide to the managers from OYO, we kept our focus on the insights than the data per se.


ROUND 3 -


In the final round, you must not have a lot on the slides. The leadership team likes logic, brevity and creativity more than numbers, analytics and stuff like that. So, in the final presentation, present your ideas using differentiators like GIFs, videos, live prototypes, etc.


For the purpose of this post, I'm going to share the prototype that we created for Colgate Palmolive. As you can see below, this is how one of our ideas looked on the slide (check top left image).

Now, in order to showcase our idea better, we converted this illustration on slide into a real life prototype. Our idea was around testers and we spent some time before our finale on creating this:

We created live tester samples for the panelists to see and placed them in a box that we curated for Palmolive:

Essentially, what we tried during was to bring our idea to life so that the panelists could understand it better. This also helped us differentiate our presentation from the other contestants.


Bottom Line


By now you would have got a sense of how case study competition templates are created. Please note that this is not how presentations are made at B-schools or in companies. This is very specific to case study competitions and that too it is a personal choice. Our team always followed this pattern in all the competitions we won.


Due to the nature of information in the presentations, a lot of it being sensitive, I cannot share all the slides of any presentation but I hope this gives you a flavour of the style that is generally followed in these competitions.

Do let me know if this post helps you even a bit because I've received many messages in the past in which students have asked for such references. Hope I was able to do justice to those requests.


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