The CASE is an international real estate development competition that provides current graduate students an 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 professional circumstances 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 each registered team, which may consist of no more than four graduate students. Teams have ten (10) days to submit a brief concept narrative, a full Excel-based proforma, a summary presentation slide deck, and a final ‘bid price.’ A distinguished panel of industry professionals then selects the top teams that will be invited to travel to Columbia Business School to compete live in front of other distinguished panels of industry professionals. Members of the winning team are acknowledged with their names engraved on a brass plaque affixed to the prestigious Kent Roberts Trophy.