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Welcome to the INNOVATING IN FINANCE MBA Competition
11-12 April 2019
Zürich, Switzerland

The competition is organised and hosted by SIX, digitalswitzerland, and University of St.Gallen MBA. The competition aims to bring the best MBA talent together to solve innovation challenges in the world of finance.


  • The Case: This is an opportunity for you to work on a real case, and a chance to influence how the next wave of financial history unfolds. You will be asked to solve a business model case study of the first global, end-to-end digital exchange that is now being developed in Switzerland.
  • Networking: You will meet MBAs from other top European business schools and build up your European network of peers. You will interact with 12 judges, including the CEO of the Digital Exchange, Head of Financial Services Industry at Microsoft and Head of Blockchain at PWC. Our opening night Apéro will be buzzing with known names from the Swiss financial industry.
  • Career Opportunities: In the afternoon of the second day, you can meet SIX professionals who are looking for talent to add to their global teams. Your work on this case could lead straight to a new career opportunity.
  • Spirit: This is about you representing your school on an international stage, competing against other MBA talent and impressing industry professionals with your skills. We want to see what MBAs can do! Seize the moment to make your classmates and alumni community proud.
  • Location: Switzerland is repeatedly named the world’s most competitive economy (World Economic Forum) and Zurich is regularly atop Quality of Life rankings (Mercer, Monocle). Come and experience why this part of the world is so successful at attracting talent and nurturing global businesses of all sizes, from start-ups to multinationals.  


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  • One team from a business school accepted
  • Four MBA students per team (all must be currently enrolled in an MBA programme at the time of the competition)

Competition Overview

We welcome all currently enrolled MBA students, and will accept one team from a business school, with four students registered per team. Teams will work on a case that is jointly developed by SIX, digitalswitzerland and the University of St.Gallen MBA.

Switzerland’s leading Fintech company, SIX, has transformed the financial market for the past 20 years and continues to do so with the newly created SIX Digital Exchange in 2018. This new exchange is the first in the world that will allow fully regulated trading of digital assets. But how will this affect business models?

We are inviting the best MBA students to the SIX headquarters in Zurich, at the heart of Swiss banking, to use their analytical and entrepreneurial skills to solve our case study. They will have exclusive access to our information platform and experts in trade and banking services to come up with the next big business model to transform finance.

The case will focus on innovating in financial services, but a background in finance is not required to participate. We want to attract teams comprised of diverse backgrounds, in order to bring a wide range of new ideas to the issue addressed in the competition. Teams will first submit their case solutions via email. Teams will then travel to Zürich to present in heats to a panel of academics and corporates. Teams will also have to defend their solutions during Q & A. The top team of each heat will be asked to solve and present an additional component. The overall winner will be announced at the event.

    Competition Prize

    CHF 5,000- will go to the winning team.


    28 February 2019 Registration closes
    28 February 2019 Registration payments
    08 March 2019 Cases sent out
    29 March 2019 Cases submitted
    01-05 April 2019 Case review by judges
    11-12 April 2019 Competition takes place
    12 April 2019 Winners announced

    Competition Partners

    SIX is the backbone of the Swiss financial centre, providing services in the field of securities trading, provision of financial information, and cashless payments. Thanks to SIX’s outstanding IT infrastructure, it allows Switzerland to be one of the best placed and top performing financial centres in the world. SIX serves an international clientele, and has a presence in 22 countries. SIX is at the forefront of innovation, and is a passionate advocate for Fintech in and from Switzerland. Website:

    digitalswitzerland is a cross-industry association created to strengthen Switzerland‘s position as a digital hub, and to advance digital innovation across various industries: Fintech, Life Science, Fashion, Medtech, etc. The association focuses on three key areas: attracting outstanding digital talent, helping existing companies master digital challenges and strengthening the Swiss startup ecosystem. Website:

    University of St.Gallen was founded in 1898, and has become a centre of excellence through its practice-oriented approach, international flair and integrative view of studies. Today, it is one of Europe’s leading business schools, and is EQUIS and AACSB accredited. The University of St.Gallen MBA offers full-time and part-time MBA programmes, and focuses on integrative thinking, innovation, purpose, leadership and career development. Website:


    • Registration fee is CHF 500- per team
    • Invoice will be sent separately and must be paid by 28th of February 2019
    • Additional travel and accomodation fees will be covered independently by the participants
    • Details of competition location and reserved accommodation will be distributed by early February 2019


    For inquiries about the competition, please contact:

    Ewa Maciejewski
    Head of MBA Programmes & Career Services
    +41 (0)71 224 73 52