Cornerstone Research Case Competition comes to Cal!

Personally, I have always found that case competitions are a great way to get hands-on experience to real business problems and develop analytical skills.

Here are some best moment clips taken from our past blogs about students’ experiences with case competitions!

Target Corporate Social Responsibility Case Competition

“We learned a ton about corporate sustainability through the competition. Not only this, but it was interesting to learn about the shifting attitudes in consumer purchasing for sustainable goods. It was definitely a ton of fun working with my team until 5 AM the night before the presentation, and practicing all day the next day. I would definitely suggest anyone interested in doing a case competition to try it out for the amazing experience!”

BaVenture Capitalist Case Competition

“We learned a tremendous amount from weeks of staying up until 5 a.m. researching and understanding the industry dynamics, RetailNext’s true value proposition, and relevant or even peripheral information. We were able to present our well-thought-out and well-designed presentation in front of some of the most reputable investors and showed the venture capital world what Berkeley students were capable of doing in the heated competition between Berkeley and Stanford in the startup world. We also got support and dress shirts with RetailNext’s logo from the management that we wore to the presentation–dress to impress. The presentation was held on the second to last day of instructions at Berkeley, so we three seniors concluded the college education at Berkeley with a perfect ending, yet it’s also a beginning to a new chapter of career and ventures.”

Below are the details for the upcoming case competition!



UC Berkeley’s Delta Sigma Pi is hosting Cal’s first Cornerstone Research Case Competition. Participating in the competition is a great way for students to explore economic and financial consulting, interact with Cornerstone’s consultants, and compete for prizes. Each team will act as consultants, providing advice to attorneys involved in complex litigation and regulatory proceedings.

Join our Facebook event here:

Teams and Eligibility
We encourage teams of four, although the minimum number of members per team is two. Each team must have at least 1 non-business major. We welcome all years, although Berkeley sophomores and juniors are particularly encouraged to participate.

Sign-up Procedure
Register your team at

Those who register by Friday, 3/27 at 6 PM will be able to receive the case prompt ahead of time on Friday, 3/27 at 7 PM to review before the Q&A session on Monday, 3/30 from 7 PM – 9 PM.

The last deadline to sign up is 3/30 at 7 PM.

1st Place team: $1,000 Visa gift card and lunch with the Cornerstone Research SF Recruiting Leadership
2nd Place team: $600 Visa gift card
3rd Place team: $200 Visa gift card

Competition Guidelines
Teams will submit analysis in the form of a 3 page written executive summary, including supporting exhibits, tables, and charts. The judges, comprised of Cornerstone Research professionals, will review the presentations and select three finalist teams to present in a final round. Finalist teams will make a 10-minute presentation followed by 10 minutes of Q&A from the judging panel.

Submission must include a cover sheet including the team name, the name of each team member, and their graduation year.

Key Dates
Details about these events will be provided through email to registered teams.

Sign Ups Open: Sunday, March 15
Sign Ups Close (to receive the case ahead of time): Friday, March 27 at 6 PM
Case Distributed: Friday, March 27 at 7 PM (72 hours prior to kickoff)
Sign Ups Close (final deadline): Monday, March 30 at 7 PM
Case Competition Kickoff and Case Q&A: Monday, March 30 from 7 PM – 9 PM at 170 Barrows
Case Submission: Sunday, April 5 at 11:59 PM by email
Finalists Announced: By Tuesday, April 7 at 12 PM
Final Presentations: Thursday, April 9 at 6 PM at 156 Dwinelle

If you have any questions, please send them to Jessica Ou (

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