On February 28 and March 1, KeyBank Foundation and The Ohio State University partnered to host the KeyBank and Fisher College of Business Minority MBA Case Competition in Cleveland, Ohio. The annual event, now in its 10th year, is one of the best known and the only minority case competition for college students in the country. Students from more than 20 colleges and universities participated and competed for prizes totaling $18,000.
Prior to the event, students received a description of a critical business challenge from Key’s Small Business segment and were asked to solve it. On competition day, teams presented their solutions to a panel of KeyBank executives, who judged the presentations on analysis of Key’s current state and industry trends, viability of the recommendation, and overall presentation of the material. The event was capped by an evening banquet and panel discussion, where Bill Koehler, head of Key’s Community Bank, and Bruce Murphy, head of Key’s Corporate Responsibility, shared insights on career paths, personal career choices, and transitions in a rapidly changing world.
Throughout the past ten years, more than 630 students from 55 different colleges and universities have participated in the competition. Each year horizons are broadened, as students gain valuable insight into real-world challenges and bank executives hear unique solutions from some of the sharpest MBA minds.
The competition is only one of many initiatives funded by KeyBank Foundation, which contributes more than $18 million annually to organizations that excel in fostering workforce development, financial education and diversity.