Entrepreneurship Case Competition Executive Judges & Executive Panel
All freshmen of the Sawyer Business School are required to complete Entrepreneurship 101: Business Foundations. A key requirement is the end-of-semester competitive presentation on supporting and presenting a presentation to a group of executives. Nearly 650 freshmen forming 130 teams present recommended solutions to nearly 75-100 executives detailing strategies related to a current business situation.
The Entrepreneurship Case Competition runs two rounds, where all teams present their strategic recommendations, and the best and implementable strategy (as determined by the executive judges) from each section, advances to the final event. During the final event, Suffolk University’s Case Competition Team is selected by the SUCCT external executive panel, to represent the university in local, regional and national case competitions. The SUCCT is a program sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurship.
This course has been a crucial part of the SBS experience for the past 20 years and continues to serve as the foundation of our students’ success. The presentations occur during the fall and spring semesters each academic year. We need your participation to continue to expand and strengthen this program so contact us today.
More than 2,000 students at Suffolk University enroll in nearly 40 courses in entrepreneurship each year. Our alumni-entrepreneurs are important for the delivery of our academic program. If you are interested in exploring teaching opportunities or have a new topic that may strengthen our rigorous program, contact us today.
Our alumni are an important community for internships for our current students. Three of our five entrepreneurship concentrations require a 3-credit internship in the areas of corporate, social or family entrepreneurship. Internships are coordinated through the Center for Entrepreneurship in collaboration with Suffolk University’s Career Development Center and our RamRecruiter platform. Contact us today to post an internship or request additional information.
You’ve learned a lot from your experience as an entrepreneur. Now you have the chance to share that knowledge with the young, bright minds of Suffolk. Becoming a mentor is a chance to give back and help students become successive innovators.
Becoming a guest speaker for any of our entrepreneurship courses, the Entrepreneurship Club, or extracurricular events, is a rewarding and appreciated experience. While our academic program has a strong balance between practice and theory, the power of our alumni sharing your stories and the related lessons learned brings relevance to the academic and practical experience.
Our dynamic entrepreneurship faculty have adjusted course schedules or planned activities to expand guest speaking opportunities. Guest speaking is typically done in 75-minute sections in our entrepreneurship major or graduate concentration core courses.
For more information about guest speaking opportunities, please visit the Center's site.
Is your venture facing any challenges? Suffolk Entrepreneurship students may be able to help.
As part of our Entrepreneurship capstone requirement, undergraduate majors work on pro-bono consulting projects for actual business clients, under the direction of a faculty coach.
About 8-10 students will spend 14 weeks developing proposals for you.
- Weeks 1-2 In-class discussion consists of business and legal primers bringing together all functional areas of business in the context of solving client problems. During this phase, guest speakers from various startups speak to our students to give a more diverse business experience in preparation of working with client organizations.
- Week 3 Clients present their company and potential situations to the class with a Q&A session. There are typically 3-4 clients per semester.
- Week 4 Clients and student-consultants meet to complete an interview process, as well as develop a mutually agreed-upon statement of work.
- Weeks 5-6 Student-consultants develop their project management plans, managing their time, resources and deliverables to the client.
- Weeks 7-12 Student-consultants present their deliverables to class (clients receive a written report 48 hours before the presentation for pre-presentation comments). Student- consultants debate strategies in class to continuously improve project quality.
- Week 13 Student-consultants present their final strategies to clients in class. Clients are encouraged to attend this session to provide feedback.
Students have worked with clients, such as: the City of Newton Economic Development Commission Entrepreneurship Incubator, the Environment and Health Group, Edella, Inc., SumoSkinny, Anna’s Fried Dough, Porter’s Restaurant, Ideologie, Candy.com, and more.
Suffolk University students do not enter into nondisclosure or confidentiality agreements. As such, as a client participant in this course, you understand that any information you provide is considered public. We recommend that you keep all sensitive information confidential. However, you will need to find the balance of providing sufficient information necessary for the student-teams to provide you with a valuable end-of-semester deliverable.
For financial information, we recommend using a multiplier or divisor so you can convert financial information provided by students into data that reflects your company. You may also use percentages in place of dollars.
In addition, you understand that this is an academic exercise and that Suffolk University does represent any warranties of any kind. Visit the E-Clinic page for more information.
Center Programs and Site Coordinator
George G. Moker
Director of Entrepreneurship Programs