A4S International Case Competition
The A4S International Case Competition (A4SICC) is a unique opportunity for students across the globe to help shape a future where sustainable business is business as usual. This is the chance for your ideas to be seen and heard by leaders from some of the world’s largest and most influential companies!
With a different focus every year, the A4SICC attracts a diverse group of business and accounting students – the business leaders of the future – and harnesses their drive and creativity to help today’s business executives solve some of the world’s greatest challenges.
We invite students with creative and critical mindsets, as action-oriented and resilient problem-solvers, to come together and design the next generation of sustainable business models.
The competition is free to enter.
- Timing: Application window is open from 6th November 2023 to 14th January 2024. Semi-finals take place in February 2024, with the final on 22-23rd March 2024.
- Format: Video presentation, business proposal and panel presentation.
- Language: English.
- Participants: The competition is open to teams of 3-5 students and attracts both graduate and undergraduate students. There are no restrictions on the discipline(s) you are studying, but the financial rigour of models presented will be carefully evaluated, so a healthy dose of business/accounting acumen is strongly recommended.
- Geography: Global. Semi-finals take place virtually, the in-person final is in Toronto, Canada (a travel fund is available).
- PRIZE: CA$10,000 for the winning team; CA$5,000 for the runners-up.
More details are available in our Competition Entry Guide. Click here to download.
We will be holding two interactive information sessions where an industry expert will share insights on the case focus as well as general information on the competition. The sessions include time for a Q&A where attendees can ask any remaining questions.
Date: Monday 9th October (Asia Pacific, UK, Europe)
Time: BST 08:00 / CET 09:00 / SGT 15:00 / AEDT 18:00 / NZDT 20:00
Date: Friday 13th October (Americas, UK, Europe)
Time: PT 08:00 / EST 11:00 / BRT 12:00 / BST 16:00 / CET 17:00
THE CASE 2024
This year, the A4SICC 2024 is challenging students to examine potential impacts on human rights in corporate business models and strategies, and to develop innovative business practices, approaches and solutions where profits and a commitment and action on human rights go hand in hand.
- Examine connections between the features of their business model (value proposition; value chain; cost structure and revenue model) and potential impacts on people’s human rights.
- Develop innovative business practices, approaches and/or solutions for the company to adapt their business model and to address these potential impacts.
See what previous winners have to say...
Teams Greenify and High On Hemp highlight the benefits of competing at A4SICC 2023.
Teams Greenify and High On Hemp share advice for future A4SICC applicants.
Explore previous winning team ideas...
2023 winners – Team Greenify: Using green walls to cool our cities
In 2023 we challenged students to identify ways to scale up nature-based solutions, in an impactful and resilient way. Team Greenify, from Nanyang Business School, Singapore won with their nature-based ‘Green Wall’ solution to reduce the energy needed to cool our cities from the urban 'heat island effect'. Their solution used an innovative financing model attractive to real estate owners.
2022 winners – Team Concordia: Using seaweed to reduce cattle methane emissions
Team Concordia Consulting Group, from John Molson School of Business, Concordia University, Canada, won with their idea to achieve a carbon-neutral meat industry by distributing its product (seaweed) as a supplement to cattle feed. This improves the nutrition of the meat, and drives down methane emissions per cow by up to 60%. The competition in 2022 focused on designing real-world solutions to deliver a net zero society. Teams were asked to design actionable, measurable, commercial business and financial models that achieve these goals with sustainability at the core of their business’s strategy.
2021 winners – Team E-Fishing Sea: Connecting fishers to end consumers whilst reducing supply chain inefficiencies
A4SICC in 2021 asked for real solutions to increase resilience, productivity and wellbeing of organizations and their stakeholders by creating robust supply chains. Team E-Fishing Sea from HEC Montréal, Canada, won with their idea to connect local fishers to local markets.
Anchor Business Schools
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A4SICC Anchor Business Schools work with us over a number of years, providing entrants to the competition every year. We provide tutor packs, assessment rubrics and guidance on integrating the case into your programmes. We ask our supporters to post/repost our A4SICC communications on social media, and to include relevant A4SICC content on your website or in other suitable communications.
If you are a business school tutor and would like to apply to become an Anchor Business School, please complete the form here.