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What is PHICC?

PHICC is a unique and novel opportunity for graduate and advanced professional degree students in Pittsburgh to showcase their highly-transferrable skill sets and network with local and national industry and consulting firms by applying their intellect and ingenuity to solving a real-world business problem. Twelve teams of 3-5 students have one week to present a comprehensive analysis and give supported recommendations for the case, with first and second place teams winning cash prizes.

What is the objective of PHICC?

The objective of PHICC is to expose, educate, and implement critical thinking skills in a realistic sense of business setting during innovation development and commercialization process. In addition, this team-driven case competition will allow the participants to address problems beyond the scope and disciplinary field of one’s previous education. The concept is to target hundreds of advanced degree and professional students that otherwise do not self-select for branching out their creative problem solving skills and innovations.

Who is eligible to participate?

The competition is open to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows of all disciplines. Participants will be given a case to assess and will be expected to present a comprehensive analysis and solution. All presenters will be given feedback and the best initial presentations will be selected for a second round from which a winner and runner-up will be chosen. All participants are invited to a networking session in the evening. Only one MBA is allowed per team.

Does registering my team guarantee a spot in the case competition?

Unfortunately, no. For logistical reasons only 12 teams participate in the final competition. This year, two alternate teams will also be included.

How are teams selected?

The resumes of each of your team members will be blindly evaluated for your diversity across disciplines, demonstrated interest in business and entrepreneurship, academic success, and leadership or teamwork experiences. Teams with the overall highest scores will be selected. 

I don't have a team, but I would still like to participate. What can I do? 

If you do not have a team set up, try entering your name into our group matching form. On this spreadsheet you can find other people looking to form a team. Feel free to get in touch and register together as a team. In past years, teams formed this way have been very successful.  

I have a different question. Whom can I contact?

Please email phicc2017@gmail.com for further information or with any questions.