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Group photo of Sprott Competes team of Alejandro Barreto, Karen Tran, Isabela Murillo and Michael Cacho.

Alejandro Barreto, Karen Tran, Isabela Murillo, and Michael Cacho, winners of the 2016 NIBS Case Competition

Sprott’s 2018 Network of International Business Schools Worldwide Case Competition team is:

  • Cason Bravener
  • Simera Negeri
  • Cassandra Lee
  • Julie Agbor

Competition dates: February 25-March 2, 2017 (Championship Round)
Recruiting begins: September
Location: Guatemala’s Universidad del Istmo (location varies; hosted in 2017 by Satakunta University of Applied Sciences)
Coach: Rob Curtis 

Sponsored by the Network of International Business Schools, the NIBS Worldwide Case Competition focuses on issues related to international business. NIBS attracts entries from top globally-oriented business schools from across Canada, the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Each school is permitted to enter a single four-person team in the qualifying round, involving an eight-hour case analysis and strategy write-up. The top 16 entrants are then invited to participate in the championship week, held at the host institution in late February or early March.

A unique aspect of the NIBS competition is its cultural and social program, which is held in conjunction with the competitive event. This includes special-access tours of major businesses, economic development projects, and key elements of local infrastructure.

For information about the competition, visit their website.  You can also check out this archive of the 2015 competition, hosted by Carleton University.


NIBS is open to all 3rd and 4th year business students, with special consideration given to BIB students and BCom students in the international business concentration. NOTE: As with all case competitions, participants must either be enrolled in BUSI 3800 (Fall term) or have previously completed the course.

Recruiting & Training Schedule:

The NIBS team is selected in September. Weekly training sessions and practices take place in October to prepare for the Qualifying Round in November. If the team advances to the Championship Round, intense training is held in December, January and February to prepare for the final competition.  Check out mySprott through your Carleton Central to find out more.

Past Accomplishments:

2017 (Rauma, Finland)- Chongo Bwalya, Carlos Cantafio, Sonia Fendt, Jacqueline De Sousa won the 2017 NIBS Case Competition.

2016 (San Antonio, USA) – Alejandro Barreto, Michael Cacho, Isabela Murillo, and Karen Tran won the 2016 NIBS Case Competition.

2015 (Ottawa, Canada) – Alex Pilon, Sarah McRae, Renee Tavares, and Martina Witt won a bronze medal.

2014 (London, UK) – Rob Curtis, Rachelle Hinchey, Amanda Tindyebwa, and Emma Zaorski won the 2014 NIBS Case Competition.

2013 (Leuven, Belgium) – Stephaine Lawrence, Ross Park, Kendra Thorogood and Mimi Lam won a bronze medal.

2012 (Rotterdam, Netherlands) – Matthew Corluka, Zach Levine, Taylor Mendonça, and Adam Rixon won the silver medal.