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14 MAR 2020


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[ Why Join ]

Compete with world-class students and top business schools around the world
Experience great workshops and team building activities to build ties and benefit from exclusive visibility to first tier schools, students and partners
Apply acquired knowledge and skills to a real-world strategic business case in a competitive environment

The 8th edition of the International Graduate Competition (IGC), the first international academic competition dedicated solely to graduate  students worldwide, will be held from April 27th to May 3rd 2019. The week-long event takes place in Montreal, a bustling Canadian metropolitan city offering exposure to excellent cuisine from around the world, culture, arts, nightlife and a lively atmosphere. Come and join us as up to twelve teams from internationally renowned business schools utilize and demonstrate their knowledge in the hopes of being crowned the IGC victors!

The International Graduate Competition (IGC, the “Competition”) is organized by a team of MSc students (Master in Science) from HEC Montreal, with the support of student volunteers. The competition aims to provide a thrilling and challenging event that will allow you to enrich your academic experiences and broaden your business perspectives.

Each team will have 48 hours to work through 4 interrelated cases, identifying key priorities, weighing benefits and addressing risks.

The university with the highest cumulative score based on the depth of analysis of each individual case, the soundness of the integrated solutions, and the quality of written report as well as oral presentations will be named the winner of the competition. Many prizes and awards to be won.

[ Format ]

IGC is based on the notion of cooperative competition.

All teams must collaborate with one another throughout the early stages of the competition in order to offer effective solutions to the strategic issues identified by the respective companies participating in the competition. These collaborations will be based on the business functions of the case (4) which, for the 8th edition, are:

  • Finance

  • Human Resources Management

  • Marketing

  • International Business

As for the general format of the competition, the teams will be divided into pools. The number of schools in each pool will depend on the final number of schools participating in the competition. Each pool’s composition will be drawn at random by a participant from each team.

During the 48 hour case-cracking session, teams will be required to prepare a written report, an elevator pitch (10 minutes) and a final presentation (30 minutes).

The structure for the day of presentations and the criteria for finalist selection are currently being revised based feedback received last year. Details will be posted at a later date. Participating and interested universities will be notified.


Four students and one coach must represent each school. The four students will be named “functional experts” in four business functions (see Format section for details on the functions).

It is the coach’s responsibility to select the team, accompany and, of course, coach them.

The teams of 4 must consist of AT LEAST 2 Master of Science (MSc or equivalent) students. MBA students may participate, however each team can have a maximum of 2. Teams can also have a maximum of 1 PhD student.


 Here are the 2019 Rules and Regulations.