Case Competition 2019

STAY RELEVANT / Case Competition

This is your chance to apply your academic expertise to the field of strategic business development with a view to helping companies to stay relevant for their customers and partners.

  • A collaborative project between Silkeborg Municipality and Aarhus University

Using your academic expertise in practice

You are one of many students from the Faculty of Arts who will be meeting on Monday 7 October and Tuesday 8 October in Aarhus, or on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 October in Emdrup. In partnership with your fellow students, you will be using your academic expertise to find solutions to problems facing a variety of companies.

In Aarhus you and the other participants will be divided into groups of up to five people. On Monday 7 October you will be introduced to a working method called “design thinking” by Lasse Chor from Happy 42 – http://happy42.dk/. The next day (8 October), you will be taken by coach to Silkeborg, where you will be given the chance to work on a specific problem for the next seven hours. Each group will then be asked to pitch their solution to a panel of judges.

In Emdrup you and the other participants will also be divided into groups of up to five people. All the students at the Danish School of Education in Emdrup are welcome to register for the case competition. Both Bachelor’s and Master’s degree students We need to find enough interesting cases and order enough food – so we need to know how many people will be coming. On Thursday 24 October you will be introduced to a working method called “design thinking” by Lasse Chor from Happy 42 – http://happy42.dk/. The next day (25 October), you will be working on a specific problem for seven hours. Each group will then be asked to pitch their solution to a panel of judges.

Taking part in this case competition is a good idea because:

  • It will give you the chance to develop your skills in relation to working with design processes
  • You’ll get the chance to pitch some good ideas and show potential employers what you can do
  • It’s a good platform for using your theoretical knowledge to solve practical problems
  • You’ll learn more about business life and gain insight into strategic design thinking
  • It will look good on your CV

Learning objectives

Participation in the Stay Relevant Case Competition will enable students to:

Knowledge

  • Demonstrate understanding of the ways in which theoretical knowledge from their degree programmes can be communicated and used in relation to a relevant labour market

Skills

  • Give presentations by making pitches
  • Independently communicate the relevance of academic theories and methods in relation to the labour market
  • Use their own academic expertise to solve problems which are relevant for the labour market

Competences

  • Independently adapt their academic skills for use in society as a whole
  • Take part in development work in a constructive manner

Pitch workshop on 4 October in Aarhus

By way of preparation for the Stay Relevant Case Competition, you can take part in a workshop at which we will practise the art of giving a pitch. You will learn how to present yourself or your ideas. Pitches can be used in a variety of situations – in networks or exams for instance, or when looking for a job. We will teach you how to pitch yourself, and the workshop will give you the chance to practise giving your pitch.

Aarhus: Programme for 7-8 October 2019

Programme for 7 October 2019

15:00-17:00                  Introduction to design thinking, working with cases and pitching
                                    Lasse Chor, Happy 42, in the Law Lecture Theatre, building 1343, room 275

                                    See slideshow here.

Programme for 8 October 2019
The event on 8 October will be held at: Campus Bindslevs Plads in Silkeborg


08:00                            Coach leaves Aarhus University, Langelandsgade 139, car park.

                                     The case competition will be held in Silkeborg at Campus Bindslev Plads.

                                     Breakfast is included

09:00                            Welcome, motivational talk and presentation of the problem Lasse Chor, Happy 42

09:30-12:30                  Case work

12:30-13:00                  Lunch

13:00-15:30                  Case work

From 15:30                   Submission of slides.

                                    Name the file with your groupnumber and mail it to Terkel Rørkær Sigh

                                     terkel.r.sigh@cas.au.dk

15:30-16:30                  Coffee and cake

16:30-17:30                  Pitch for companies – round 1

17:30-18:30                  Pitch for companies – round 2

Around 18.00                 Dinner

18:30-19:30                  Pitch for companies – round 3

19:30-20:00                  Pitch and presentation of the winning case – snacks and a glass of bubbly

20:00-20:30                  Award ceremony

20:30-21:15                  Coach returns to Aarhus

Emdrup: Programme for 24-25 October 2019

Programme for 24 October 2019

13:00-16:00                   Introduction to design thinking, working with cases and pitching 
                                      Lasse Chor, Happy 42, room D165

Programme for 25 October 2019

08:30                            Check in and breakfast in room A200

09:00                            Welcome, motivational talk and presentation of cases by Lasse Chor, Happy 42

09:30-12:30                  Case work

12:30-13:15                  Lunch

13:15-16:00                  Case work and preparing a pitch

16:00-16:30                  Submission of slides (when relevant) or other material. Coffee and cake

16:30-18:00                  Pitch for companies – round 1/perhaps round 2 (all participants listen in)

18:00-19:00                  Tapas and a glass of bubbly while we wait for the judges to announce the result.

                                    When the judges are ready, the award will be presented

19:00 onwards               The Friday bar will be open

Food and refreshments

Food and refreshments will be served all day (you don’t need to bring anything yourself).

We will round off the event with a glass of bubbly in connection with the award ceremony.

Competition prizes

  • First Price
  • WTF-Award
  • Audience Award

Rules

The companies taking part have the right of ownership of all rights, inventions, production methods and other technical advances arising in connection with the case competition. The transfer of rights to the companies taking part occurs automatically and continuously as these rights arise.

The students are entitled to use products and material deriving from the case competition in contexts relating to exams and teaching at Aarhus University. The students are entitled to present their results of the case competition (also when applying for jobs) to the extent that this does not lead to the subsequent use of such results in breach of the rights that have been transferred to the company concerned. Students may only use products and material arising from the case competition in other contexts subject to a separate written agreement with the company concerned.

Designmentor: Lasse Chor

Lasse Chor is a Danish entrepreneur who started his first company at the age of 13, and has since then been heavily involved in the Danish and global entrepreneurship ecosystem. Through his current company Happy42 Lasse is currently mentor for a number of startups around the world, and advisor to a handful of large corporations including some Fortune 500 companies. Lately Lasse also turned his attention to investments and he’s currently active as a private angel investor. Bonus info is that Lasse’s mom thinks that he’s is the best son in the world.

Judging panel

  • Unni From, Deputy Head of School of Communication and Culture
  • Gregers Pilgaard, head of development Silkeborg Municipality
  • Anita Dalsgaard, strategic digital adviser
  • Laurent Ponty, EU Category Development at Arla
How did it go in 2019?