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NABA X Bentley Business Bowl

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27th Annual NABA X Bentley Business Bowl

February 17, 2024

February 17, 2024

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Open to all registered Bentley students!

The NABA X Bentley Business Bowl (NBB) is a one-day campus-wide, business case competition held annually and open to all registered students—graduate and undergraduate. Teams of up to five students of the same class year level compete against other teams of the same level. It is an opportunity for each team to showcase their skills in solving real world business problems and to interact and network with business professionals. A panel of judges drawn from alumni and the professional and corporate community evaluates each team’s presentation.

Awards and benefits for each team member:

Cash prizes will be awarded to teams in each class year level for first, second, third and fourth place finishes as noted below. Prizes are per team, and money will be distributed evenly among team members. The prize money is specified as a range as the final sponsorship prize money and team participation will dictate exact prize amounts.

  • 1st place teams earn at least $1400
  • 2nd place teams earn at least $1000
  • 3rd place teams earn at least $700
  • 4th place teams earn at least $600

Additional Benefits:

  • Opportunity to network with business professionals and alumni
  • Opportunity to interact with other students
  • Opportunity to showcase your presentation skills

Students compete in teams of up to five students within the same class year against teams in the same level. Mixed teams will NOT be allowed to compete.  If you have any questions about your (undergraduate) class year, refer to DegreeWorks.  Class year can be determined according to the following:

  • First Year (Freshman) students 
  • Second Year (Sophomore) students
  • Third Year (Junior) students 
  • Fourth Year (Senior) students 
  • Graduate students

Competition Format

Students are presented with case(s) the day before the competition that will require critical thinking and the application of a team’s knowledge of ethics, business, accounting, and information technology. Students can use any resources available on campus in preparing solutions except consulting with non-team members.


Each team will present Saturday morning (Eastern Time) via Zoom before a panel of judges drawn from the professional community. Teams are encouraged to use PowerPoint or other technology to deliver their presentation. You will be provided with a PowerPoint template that you can use if you wish.

Judges will use the following criteria to evaluate presentations:

  • Critical Issues: Did the team clearly and appropriately identify the critical issues raised by the case?
  • Evidence: The team's analysis showed excellent use of evidence, including supplemental research as appropriate.
  • Recommendations: The recommendations clearly addressed the critical issues. Recommendations were feasible, creative, and appropriate.
  • Q&A: Answers during the Q & A portion were clear, thoughtful, and relevant. All team members participated in the presentation.
  • Overall impression: The team gave a credible, persuasive, and professional presentation.

The top team in each division will present in the afternoon in a finals round among other top teams in their class year to determine winners.  

Networking Session and Presentation of Awards

An Awards ceremony will be held at 4:45pm in the Executive Dining Room (EDR)  on Saturday, February 17, 2024 where prizes and winners will be announced at this time. (Participants will receive a raffle ticket upon completion of a brief survey.)

The NABA X Bentley Business Bowl is co-sponsored by the Student Chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) and the Dean of Business office at Bentley University. 


  • Jaylen Desronvilles, NABA President
  • Martha Atakora, NABA Vice President
  • Julianne Tejada, NBB Committee Director
  • Erika Fernandes, NBB Marketing Director
  • Kwame Owusu, NBB Operations Committee
  • Edgar Campos, NBB Operations Committee
  • Aaron Jackson, Senior Associate Dean of Business
  • Renande Loayza, Staff Advisor to NABA
  • Nancy Maillet, Executive Administrator, Business Office

Many thanks to our generous corporate sponsors for helping to support academic excellence and this competition!