Competition Format & Stages

The CFO and The CFO Junior entail an in-depth analysis of a (multinational) business facing a set of 'real world' (strategic) business management issues that need to be addressed. It is structured over 4 Stages:

Stage 1: Preliminaries (Case analysis & Reporting)

A team of 3 (maximum 4) aspirants will over a period of 60 days analyse the case study, producing a report and recommendations to a mock Board of Directors. An independent and highly esteemed external panel of examiners then produce a shortlist of 20 reports/teams. These 20 teams are invited to submit a video link of their real 10 minutes powerpoint stage presentation from which the best 6 teams are then announced.

Stage 2: The People's Choice (Broadcast & Social Media)

The top 6 winning teams are invited to submit another video link, this time 1.25 minutes (75 seconds) 2-part Video:

  • Part 1: Introducing their team and why they entered the compeition';
  • Part 2: Setting out their dreams, including the impact of the competition (and/or The CharterQuest Institute) on their future career, and why the public should vote for their team.

The videos go live on broadcast and social media over a 60 day period for the public to have their say by voting for the best video. The team with the highest votes from the public will earn 2 points to their credit going into Stage 3.

Stage 3: Semi Finals (Presentations)

Each of the 6 winning teams are invited on an all expenses paid trip to Johannesburg, South Africa to deliver live, their 10-15 minutes presentation and take questions for 10-15 minutes from the mock Board comprised of an international panel of judges. The judges will then select the top 3 teams to compete at the finals the next day.

Stage 4: The Finals (Extended case analysis & Presentations)

An extension of the case study will be handed to the final 3 teams and they will be given 3 hours to analyse and return to present their recommendations to the mock Board for 10-15 minutes in front of an esteemed panel of judges and the audience. The judges will probe each team for a further 10-15 minutes on their analysis and recommended strategies and then decide the winning team to be crowned The CharterQuest Future CFOs & Business Leaders 2017 at a formal award ceremony at the Finance Indaba2017 (Sandton Convention Center).

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