A five-person team of juniors took home the first place at the inaugural Johns Hopkins Consulting Club case competition over the weekend, winning a $500 prize.
The competition, held Saturday on JHU's Homewood Campus, tasked a group of 18 teams with solving a real-world business problem, creating a strategy, and presenting it to a panel of judges.
Each team received two pages of information about a hypothetical situation: a beverage company that wanted to grow global sales volumes by 150 percent by 2020. After four hours, they presented their solution to a group of five judges from Accenture, a consulting firm that sponsored the competition.
The top teams proposed several solutions: an expansion into emerging markets, embracing online beverage sales, and acquiring or entering into a joint venture with other international beverage companies, among others.
The first-place team included Graeme Steller, Syed Hossain, Alex Broholm, Billy Wang, and Yadel Okorie.
"The JHUCC executive board and Accenture judges were all very impressed by the quality of work presented," said Antonio Spina, JHUCC's public relations chair, "and I think it just goes to show that Hopkins students really have what it takes to make great consultants."
The event was organized by the Johns Hopkins Consulting Club, the university's first club of its kind geared towards undergraduates. According to the Career Center, consulting is the top choice for undergraduates in 2015. The Consulting Club launched last spring to help prepare students for careers in consulting and case interviews, attracting more than 80 members since its inception.