February 2018

Multiple Locations


Attendees must be a collegiate chapter/colony member who is also registered for the PBLI. There is no team size limit.


There are no registration costs to participate in the Case Competition; however, participants must be registered for the PBLI.


Phase 1 | Team submission deadline: December 1
Phase 2 | Continuing teams’ final submission deadline: January 19

About 2018 Case Competition

Case Competition is designed to provide participants an opportunity to identify a social issue, create a business plan, consult with an expert in the field, and impact their community.

The  United Nations’ Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was used as a framework for the competition. Teams will choose one of the seventeen goals described to identify their social issue. From there, teams will create and submit a 5-minute video about their issue along with a business plan executive summary. These items will be vetted by entrepreneurial industry experts to identify which teams will move forward to round two.

Round two consists of delivering the team’s sustainable startup business plan. Teams will present at the Opening Program of PBLI. The onsite presentation will also be in front of a panel of reviewers. Winning teams will receive a monetary award to be used to progress their business plan.

2018 Locations



February 2-4

San Francisco

San Francisco Bay

February  2-4

Boston Harbor


February 9-11



February 9-11

Additional Information

What are the registration rates and deadlines?

Each member of the team must be registered for PBLI. All case submissions must be received by 12:00 midnight eastern time on December 1. All teams will be notified whether they will advance to round two.

What is the dress code?

Business Professional (no jeans, t-shirts, tennis shoes, caps or hats).

What are the rules and regulations?

Refer to the Case Competition’s complete rules and regulations guide.

How do I submit the business plan and video?

Submissions can be made online here.

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