CharterQuest CFO Case Study Competition delivers an 80% return rate

Of the 1,278 aspirants comprising 320 teams and representing 53 universities and 25 countries across five continents, as much as 80% of entrants in the CFO Case Study Competition met the 30 April deadline for Round 1 submissions.

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Valentine Nti (pictured), the CFO Case Study Competition project executive director, said:

"The quest to be crowned with the coveted 'CharterQuest Future CFO & Business Leaders 2016' Award plus scooping the R100,000 cash prize is proving to be a career do or die for the aspirants. Our 80% submission rate exceeds global benchmarks for open entry global case study competitions by a long stretch, so it is clear the sustained engagement, virtual mentorship and quality support we provided to the teams has delivered remarkable results."

Some of the universities that remain in the race include Wits University, University of Pretoria, University of Johannesburg, University of Limpopo, Monash University (Australia), Prasetiya Mulya University (Indonesia), Copperbelt University (Zambia), National University of Science & Technology (Zimbabwe), University of Ghana, Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria), and the United States International University (Kenya).

Nti added:

"Preliminary analysis reveals the submissions are of very high quality across the board so it will be a huge challenge for the examining team to pick the best 12 and then the final 6 that will be invited for the global semi finals at the JSE on October 13 and the global finals at the Finance Indaba Africa on October the 14th, 2016. We remain confident of the very transparent, fair and high quality assessment methodology and moderation process we've put in place to achieve this."

The top 12 teams will be announced on 1 June, and the final six teams on 30 June. The final six teams will advance to the next three rounds of the competition, with the winning team being crowned at the global finals on 14 October, with an opportunity to open the JSE Market on 18 October, also blowing the famous Kudu horn to signal Africa's premier global case study challenge has produced its first champions.

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