New England College Case Competition!

Location : Bentley University, Waltham MA

When : March 27th 

The Institute of Business Planning and Forecasting (IBF) New England Chapter is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual IBF College Case Competition scheduled for Friday, March 27th.  The case is being written by Jesper Maaloee, Head of Demand Planning for Home Market Foods, and will focus on forecasting and sales and operations planning. There is no cost to the schools or team members other than their travel expenses.

The event is being hosted by Bentley University in Waltham, MA. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for students.  All participating students will receive a free 1-year student membership to IBF including access to the Journal of Business Forecasting.  The winning team members will receive free registration to the IBF Boot Camp on August 12th through 14th in Boston, as well as other prizes donated by our sponsors for the event.

Team Make-up

  • Must be undergraduate students
  • Limit of 5 students per team
  • Each school may have more than 1 team, but we will be able to accommodate a maximum of 7 teams.  
  • As you assemble your teams, please send the team members’ names and email addresses no later than Friday, February 28th to Teresa McCarthy (

All team members must be present for the competition on Friday, March 27th.  

The Case

  • The topic will be forecasting and S&OP.
  • The case will address people, process, and technology, and will have a quantitative component.
  • The case will be approximately 3-4 pages plus data.
  • Students will receive access to the case during breakfast on the day of the competition.
  • Students may bring research materials for reference during analysis, and they will be provided with internet access (provided they bring their own laptops)
  • Students are not allowed to contact anyone during the case analysis other than authorized IBF members.
  • Final presentations will be judged by a panel of 3 to 5 IBF New England chapter members who are industry experts in Forecasting and S&OP.
  • Faculty and other IBF members are invited to attend the students’ presentations.