The CASE Competition 2020
Presented By the Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate at Columbia Business School

The world’s leading real estate development CASE competition


The CASE is an international real estate development competition that provides graduate student teams the opportunity to showcase their real estate knowledge, creativity, and problem solving abilities by analyzing and programming a complex real world development site. The CASE is organized and hosted by The CASE Collaborative. The CASE is not an invitation-only competition; it is open to any graduate student team in the world.

Unlike other competitions, The CASE focuses on real estate acquisition, development programming, and investment underwriting at the asset level. The competition mimics the circumstances and challenges that students of real estate finance, construction, planning, and design will encounter in the development industry after graduation.

A competition packet that includes detailed information about a specific development site is distributed to registered graduate student teams of three (3) to four (4) graduate students each. Teams have ten (10) days to submit a brief concept narrative and summary development program, a full Excel-based financial proforma, a presentation slide deck, and a final ‘bid price.’ Based on the submissions received, a panel of distinguished industry professionals selects the top teams to travel to New York City to compete live in front of other panels of distinguished industry professionals.

Born out of the MIT Alumni Association of the Center for Real Estate (AACRE), The CASE was created to foster camaraderie among real estate professionals with common interests and to provide a platform for connecting those professionals to the distinguished graduate students who participate in the competition. Since our inaugural competition in 2010, over 800 participants from 45+ graduate programs have competed for the Kent Roberts Trophy and the pride of being selected as the premier young real estate problem solving team in the world.

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Final Registration Submitted Online Deadline
CASE Materials Released To Participants
CASE Entries Submitted Online Deadline
Thurs & Fri
Semifinal and Final Rounds
New York, NY
Benefits of Competing
Unique development-focused real estate CASE competition
World-class networking with judges, corporate sponsors, and peers
International recognition from potential employers; you’re in the spotlight!
Exciting opportunity to experience Columbia Business School and New York City, a vibrant center of real estate development.
Benefits of Competing
Participants must be pursuing a master’s degree
Minimum of three (3) and maximum of four (4) members per team
Unrestricted number of teams are allowed to register per university
The top teams will be selected to present their development proposals at Columbia Business School
Click Here to Download Full Rules and Competition Format
CASE Finals 2018 Highlight Video.
2020 Program Agenda Coming Soon.
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The CASE has been run by the Alumni Association of the MIT Center for Real Estate (AACRE) since 2009. In 2017, the AACRE partnered with the Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate at Columbia Business School, The University of Cambridge, and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology to form The CASE Collaborative, a consortium of respected graduate real estate programs spanning the Americas, Asia, and Europe. Our mission is to organize the leading real estate development case competition for graduate students globally.

Each year, one of the partner institutions of The CASE Collaborative will host The CASE. This provides fresh ideas for The CASE to flourish and fosters friendly competition among The CASE Collaborative members to put on a remarkable competition for graduate student participants worldwide. Similar to Olympic host cities, each host institution will have a unique opportunity to showcase a prominent development site of its choosing, in its own distinct way. We believe this new global partnership and revolving host format will maintain The CASE’s preeminence among the growing field of real estate development case competitions worldwide.