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University of Vermont School of Business Administration Prepares to Host Second Global Family Enterprise Case Competition

The World Cup of Family Enterprise Case Competitions Returns To Burlington

ESADE from Spain win in 2013!

While the best soccer players in the world are preparing for the upcoming World Cup, teams and judges from 26 countries spanning 4 continents are also preparing for their own World Cup, taking place soon at the University of Vermont (UVM).

Hosted by UVM's School of Business Administration, the second Family Enterprise Case Competition (FECC) kicks off January 8, 2014 in Burlington, Vermont, and for four days will become the global epicenter for family business education and competition.

The FECC is an annual competition that showcases exceptional undergraduate and masters' students case writing, analysis and presentation skills. Students apply the knowledge and expertise they have developed in the classroom towards solving complex family business cases. During 4 tough rounds of competition, teams present their case to a distinguished panel of judges who will determine which group best understood, analyzed and presented the most compelling case study.  More than 70 judges and 20 teams from universities and colleges with the world’s finest family business programs will participate in this annual event, won last year by the team from ESADE Business School, Spain.

“The participation of a larger number of prominent business schools from around the world for the Second edition of the global Family Enterprise Case Competition, highlights the increasing focus on family businesses by business schools" said Dean Sanjay Sharma, of the School of Business Administration.  “Building on the success of last year’s competition, the excitement the competition is generating and participation from teams, judges and students from 27 countries, is evidence that UVM is not only one of the leading global institutions actively researching in this important field, but is providing a unique experiential learning platform for all the schools and universities who participate.”

This years competitors are:

  • Dalhousie University, Canada

  • Concordia University - John Molson School of Business, Canada

  • Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada

  • Sprott School of Business, Canada

  • University of Manitoba - Asper School of Business, Canada

  • Universidad del Desarrollo, Chile

  • Universidad de los Andes, Colombia

  • Università Commerciale L. Bocconi, Italy

  • Universiti Tun Abdul Razak, Malaysia

  • Universidad Panamericana Campus Guadalajara, Mexico 

  • Universidad Panamericana Campus Bonaterra, Mexico 

  • Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands

  • Esade Business School, Spain 

  • Jönköping International Business School, Sweden

  • Kellogg - Northwestern, USA

  • University of Massachusetts, USA

  • Grand Valley State University, USA

  • Syracuse University, USA

  • Stetson University, USA

  • University of Vermont School of Business, USA

Registration for the 2014 competition is now closed.  Any colleges or universities interested in the 2015 competition should send an email to or call (802) 656-5897.

The University of Vermont School of Business Administration, an AACSB-accredited school, educates responsible managers for success in complex, global, multi-stakeholder and sustainable environments.