About the program
Today's dynamic business environment requires analytical thinking, fact-based decision making, and collaborative action. You’ll experience it all first hand in Challenge, our entry level case competition.
The Challenge case competition models real-world business scenarios focusing on the strategic issues currently being faced by companies all over the world. It is open to all freshmen and sophomores (and juniors in a 5 year program) and does not require detailed knowledge of business concepts or accounting.
Read on for more information about how it works, what it takes to succeed, and to learn whether your school is participating.
How it works
Look for Challenge
Look for Challenge case competition informational events and materials at your school. Talk with your local PwC recruiter to learn more about the timing of the competition on your campus and start thinking about your potential teammates.
Build your team
Find your four or five member team.
At least two members of each team must have the intent to apply, applied or are currently enrolled in the Business School.
Teams are encouraged to include a member with the intent major/minor in STEM*
*Relevant STEM Majors/Minors include, but are not limited to: Data/Business Analytics, Engineering, Computer Science, Information Systems, Technology Management, Management Information Systems and Security
1st (Freshman) and 2nd (Sophomore) year students in a 4 year program
1st (Freshman), 2nd (Sophomore) and 3rd (Junior) year students in a 5 year program
Juniors in process of applying for a 5th year program
Attend official kick-off event
At the kick-off event, you and your teammates will learn how to collaborate together to address a significant business issue and develop skills to be a high-performing team. You will also meet with PwC representatives to receive your official case materials with instructions and further information.
Develop your solution
You and your team will have a designated period of time to develop your solution and consult with your faculty and PwC mentors for guidance and encouragement along the way. The average time it takes a team to complete the case assignment is 10-15 hours.
What it takes
PwC launched Challenge in 2002, to increase students' exposure to professional services and the world of public accounting. Since then, the competition has grown substantially, with nearly 100 schools involved and almost 45,000 participants. The case competition continues to have a significant impact on our participants, helping them to better understand the vast career opportunities in professional services and connecting them with those in the industry. Winning teams demonstrate critical thinking, strong presentation skills, teamwork, and time management.
What's in it for me?
There are rewards, personal and financial. Team with friends to discuss and solve real world problems. Gain exposure to PwC professionals who will evaluate your teamwork, critical thinking and communication skills. Walk away with a stronger sense of professionalism and improved presentation skills, along with a broader network of relationships.
Each member of a winning team will receive $250. Any school with 10 or more teams competing will have a runner-up award of $200 per person.