3 Upper School Students Team Up to Win Global Business Case Competition

Three St. Margaret’s students were recently named global champions of the Tiger Global Case Competition, a large virtual case competition which challenges students to think like a CEO and develop strategies and real-world business solutions.
Tina Mai, Charlotte Quintanar and Alexis Lindenfelser, current juniors in the Upper School, beat out more than 1,100 teams around the world to be declared global champions, just a few weeks after being named North America champions for a separate business case.
Tiger Global Case Competition brings the business case competition experience to high school students, building skills in problem-solving as they are tasked with working through a business scenario of a company facing challenges. Tina learned about the competition online and recruited Charlotte and Alexis to join her.
“When it came to forming a team, I thought of Alexis and Charlotte because they were both talented friends who I thought would be great to work with,” Tina said. “A lot of it was learning and teaching ourselves as we went. We were also able to harness some of the skills we’ve gained at St. Margaret’s to create our slides and do our presentation.”
For the global competition, the three Tartans had 72 hours to crack a case involving an autonomous vehicle radar sensor company called ARBE as it explored a partnership with a U.S.-based robotaxi firm. 
The three students developed a business plan for ARBE, and presented it to ARBE’s CEO using a 10-slide deck.
The St. Margaret’s students were declared the global winner, with another U.S. team finishing second and a team from South Korea placing third. In addition, Tina was named best speaker out of all the competitors.
“We were all on FaceTime that evening so it was quite surreal to find out the results together,” Tina said. “Seeing our names next to first place out of over 1,130 teams, as well as getting chosen as best speaker out of over 3,600 competitors, was really gratifying and it felt like our hard work paid off.”
For winning the competition, the three were awarded an internship with PricewaterhouseCoopers, a mentorship with Tiger Management president Alex Robertson, a  mentorship credit with Crimson Education for further learning, and a cash prize.
“We’re all really excited to see what comes next, whether that’s doing our internship at PwC or exploring more of the industry,” Tina said. “We appreciate all the support we’ve received from our teachers and mentors at St. Margaret’s and hope to apply the skills we’ve learned moving forward.”
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