Each year, Pompeu Consulting Management together with the collaboration of the university organizes the PCM Case Competition, a case resolution challenge open to all students from UPF. In teams of various students, the participants solve two cases and prepare a final presentation in front of a professional jury, which is formed by consultants coming from prestigious firms in the industry, such as the Boston Consulting Group, McKinsey & Company and Bain & Company, among other top consulting companies. There is no minimum age or experience required to participate in the competition, and students from all UPF Faculties and courses can participate in it.
The competition consists of two eliminatory rounds:
1)Non-presential first round: Each team has to solve a business case provided to them by PCM and prepare a self-explanatory Power Point Presentation. Four to five teams are selected among all participants, which pass on to the presential final round.
2) Presential final round: The finalists teams have to solve a new business case, this time in an individual room. They have 5-6 hours to solve it and prepare the final presentation. Then, all finalist teams have to present their case solution in front of the jury.
The winner of the PCM Case Competition is determined by the jury of consultants that, after carefully listening to each of the finalist teams' presentations, decide which is the team that provided the best solution to the business case.
Every year, we organize a series of workshops in collaboration with the main firms in the consulting industry in order to get UPF students to know such firms and close the gap between university and consulting. Some of our most recent partners include firms such as McKinsey & Company, BCG, Bain and Deloitte (see more in the "Partners" page). These events are open to all UPF students, independently from their degree or faculty.
Usually, we are joined by some of the firm's consultants, who explain the steps they took in their career and give a wide range of advice to the workshop participants, and members of the recruiting department of such firms, that explain what the firm has to offer and present their current job offerings. The workshops tend to follow the following structure:
1) Corporate Presentation The first part is a presentation by the partner firm, both by the recruiters and by the consultants. From the recruiters' side, they present the firm, including the values, pros of working there and current job offerings to the workshop attendants. From the consultants' side, they tend to present themselves, give a short overview of their career and explain their experiences in the firm. 2) Crack the Case After presentations are done, a case resolution simulation is done together with the visiting consultants. This is a highly dynamic activity, where attendants to the workshop are encouraged to contribute and share their thoughts. Also, the case solved usually resembles the cases one may face in the actual hiring interviews of the partner consulting firm.
3) Questions and Answers To finish, all participants have the possibility to ask anything to the consultants. This include career advice, as well as more personal questions related to their experiences in the consulting industry and in the actual partner firm. Also, those attendants interested in the recruiting process have the opportunity to share any doubt they may have with the recruiters.
Pro-bono Case Project
Each year, at Pompeu Consulting Management we engage in a pro-bono project in order to help a start-up, NGO or similar type of company solve a problem they propose. This is a great opportunity for the participants on the project to experience what a consultant's daily job may consist of, as well as to learn many skills critical to develop yourself not only as a student, but as a future professional.
The Pro-bono Case Project is usually open to all UPF students that may want to participate. A parallel selection process is opened in the weeks prior to the start of the project in order to select those students that have the highest motivations to be part of such an enriching experience.
2021 Edition - COSORA
In 2021, we partnered with COSORA for our annual Pro-bono Case Project. COSORA is a start-up based in Barcelona that offers a high-end carbon removal and climate restoration tool focused on carbon offset use cases across crypto, personal and corporate travel, and others. During the length of more than one month, participants in the project were able to help develop various initiatives for the company.
At Pompeu Consulting Management, we are always open to new ideas. If you have got a proposal or want to join forces for an event, don't hesitate to contact us!