University of Vermont

School of Business Administration

Global Family Enterprise Case Competition (FECC)

Format and rules are currently being reviewed and may be subject to change for 2015.

Competition Format

  • On Wednesday, during lunch, each team will be assigned a division by random draw.
  • Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, each team will compete against all other teams in their division accumulating points to determine the division winner.
  • Division winners will advance to the finals round on Saturday, January 10, 2015.
  • Presentations will be made to a panel of judges. Each judging panel will comprise of family business owners/managers, professional service providers to family firms, and educators.
  • The organizing committee will select the judges
  • Each team will have 20 minutes to present their case analysis and recommendations
  • This will be followed by a 10-minute question and answer period
  • Presentations must be in English

Case Preparation Time

  • Each team will analyze and present at least three cases to a panel of judges
  • Preliminary case will be sent to the coaches on December 28, 2014 at 12:00 EST. This case will be presented right after the opening lunch on Wednesday when division draws are made.
  • On Thursday and Friday during the case preparation the team members will have:
    • Four hours with one PC running Windows 7 and Office 2010
    • No internet access or contact with advisors is permitted during preparation time
  • The teams advancing to the final round on Saturday will only have 3 hours of preparation time.


  • Cases are selected based on top entries in the 2015 Family Enterprise Case Writing Competition, organized by the UVM School of Business Administration.


  • For 2015, one winning team at both the undergraduate level and graduate level will receive the University of Vermont Family Enterprise Cup.
  • The remaining division winners will each receive a team plaque.
  • Authors of cases used in the Family Enterprise Case Competition will each receive $1500.

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