The modern business world can be a competitive place. To succeed, you need to know what you’re made of — how to overcome your weak points and make your strengths even stronger.
That’s why, at Bentley, we encourage our students to put their skills to the test through academic challenges and contests. Besides being a great tool for self-assessment, they represent real-world opportunities to develop teamwork, communication and creative thinking skills — all things today’s top employers are looking for when they’re hiring. On top of it all, they’re a great way to spread Bentley pride and get to know your fellow students, all while having a lot of fun in the process.
College Fed Challenge
A yearly academic competition for undergraduate students sponsored by Federal Reserve banks. The competition is intended to encourage students to learn more about the U.S. macro economy, the Federal Reserve System, and the implementation of monetary policy.
Participants are selected based on their professional presentations of the application materials, academic qualifications, level of interest, and the candidate’s strength and diversity of experiences. Once they are selected, they will enroll in a semester-long economic course that is specifically designed to help them prepare for the Fed Challenge.
Teams analyze current economic conditions and justify their recommendations for Fed monetary policy. The national final is held at the Fed Board of Governors’ headquarters in the Washington, D.C., before a panel of judges including Fed board members, economists and researchers.
Bentley has a proud history in this event, including several national top-three finishes, and a national championship in 2010.
PwC Case Competition
A two-week-long academic competition dealing with high-level tax and accounting policy issues. All undergraduate and graduate students are welcomed to participate — detailed accounting or tax knowledge is not necessary. What is required is your desire to learn, meet people, experience new challenges, and have fun. In the previous years, participant’s majors ranging from all business majors, such as accounting, finance, economics, IT audits, management, and marketing.
Assisted by a faculty coach and a PwC adviser, each team will learn more about a high-level tax and policy issue, and then present their understanding of the issue and accounting/tax policy recommendation to PwC professionals.
Bentley has a strong recent track record in this competition, routinely ranking in the top 10 nationally.
Bentley Business Bowl
The Bentley Business Bowl (BBB) is a one-day campus-wide, business case competition held annually and open to all undergraduate and graduate students across all business and arts and sciences majors.
Teams of five students compete to solve real-world business problems. The results are evaluated by a panel of judges drawn from alumni and the professional and corporate community. It’s a great opportunity to showcase presentation skills, network with business professionals, and interact with other students.
KPMG International Case Competition
The KPMG International Case Competition is a four-day semi-annual academic competition, which is open to all undergraduate students majoring in business.
Teams of four members from 40 universities are tested on their ability to evaluate real problems and develop executable recommendations in the fields of audit, tax and consultancy.
Participants have the opportunity to network with KPMG’s and its member firms’ professionals worldwide, as well as to meet people from other cultures and make global connections.
In 2014, Bentley team was named regional champion.
An academic competition through which student teams stimulate arguments where both team members act as advocates, and are given 20 minutes to argue their case. Each advocate must speak for a minimum of seven minutes. Teams are judged by actual attorneys and judges on their forensics, knowledge of the law, demeanor, and ability to answer questions from the bench.
In 2012, Bentley teams were seeded first and fifth out of 46 teams competing in the Eastern Regional Tournament of the American Collegiate Moot Court Association.
Price Chopper Ultimate Innovation Competition
This competition challenges undergraduate and graduate college students to develop an original, creative, and innovative concept that would be relevant and meaningful to the northeast supermarket retailer.
In addition to a formal written proposal, each team makes a formal presentation to senior company executives at Price Chopper’s headquarters in Schenectady, N.Y.
In 2014, Bentley placed first in the completion among six finalist teams from colleges and universities in the Price Chopper market area (Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont).
Travelers IT Case Competition
Teams of three to four people develop recommendations to a business problem presented by Travelers Insurance. The competition is open to undergraduate students who major or minor in Computer Information Systems with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Bentley students were awarded $1,500 and first place at the Travelers fourth annual Actuarial Case Competition