The Competition

This year’s CivicSpark Case Competition is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 and will be focusing on: Affordable Student Housing and Youth Homelessness. The competition is open to all undergraduate students studying within the GTHA. As a participant, you will:

  • Register for the Case Competition, which includes two steps:

    • 1. Form a team of 2 or 4 individuals and register as a team. Your registration will be confirmed via e-mail and your team name and school published on the website.

    • 2. Each of your team members will have to pay the registration fee of $20 by the early bird deadline February 25th, 2019 and $30 by the regular deadline March 4th, 2019. Upon the attendance of the competition, each member will be refunded 50% of their registration fee.

  • Be given a case four weeks in advance of the event (February 25th, 2019).

  • You and your team will analyze the case and prepare a 15-20 minute presentation for a panel of three judges that includes an innovative and tangible solution to your issue.

  • Submit all the work you will be using during the presentation on March 18th, 2019 at 5PM EST.

  • On the day of, do your best! During your down time, there will be a variety of workshops, networking opportunities, and resources for you to learn about and connect with.

Exciting, right? We will be accepting 20 teams this year so sign up quickly! 

How does the day look?

The agenda will be sent out to participants a week before the event and will be given hard copies on the day of!

"Surprise Case!?"

Stay tuned to hear more! 

"I've never even participated in a Case Competition before."

Perfect! You're who we're looking for! This entire Case Competition was designed for students who have never participated in one before. We will be hosting an "Ace the Case" event on March 2nd, 2019 to provide some tips and tricks for all those interested! This is a great chance to meet with other participants with diverse ideas and interesting backgrounds!

"What's the prize?"

The winning team will receive CAD 200 prize money from CivicAction Leadership Foundation! Furthermore, your team will earn a place among CivicAction's Emerging Leaders Network, comprised of managers, directors, and early executives from organizations such as RBC, Accenture, George Brown College, Infrastructure Ontario, KPMG, Region of Peel, the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, IBM, TD Bank Group, and the United Way. 

"How long do I have to register?"

Registration closes on March 4th, 2019. 

"What if I don’t have a Team?"

Don’t worry! Email civicspark.uoft@gmail.com and we will help you find a team!

"We changed our mind and want to back out from the competition, is that possible?"

Of course! Any team that notifies us prior to the regular deadline that they wish to rescind their registration will be refunded their total registration fee. However, any team that notifies us after the regular deadline will not be refunded. 

"Any last tips?"

The more diverse programs of study in your team, the better. Good luck!