2023 Gargoyle Case Competition Sponsored by Bain

This year's Gargoyle Case Competition will improve the quality of life and enhance the educational opportunities of African-American males throughout the Greater Chicago area

Registration is now open

To attend the info session and/or register for the competition, please fill out this form

General information

The Gargoyle Consulting Club is excited to host our 2023 Case Competition, sponsored by Bain! Participants will consult for the 100 Black Men of Chicago, a non-profit that aims to improve the quality of life and enhance the educational opportunities of African-American males throughout the Greater Chicago area. Finalists will present their work to the client representatives and Bain consultants. The winning teams will receive an exclusive networking opportunity with Bain’s firm leader and consultants! All students from all divisions (both undergraduate and graduate/postdoc) are welcome to register for this case competition. 


    • Open to undergraduate, graduate students, and postdocs from all years and divisions (except MBA students)
    • No experience necessary!
    • There will be two divisions: undergraduate and graduate/postdoc
    • Register as a pre-formed team of 4-5 people or as an individual
    • Pre-formed teams cannot be mixed undergraduate and graduate/postdocs due to the divisions
    • Individuals without a team can find other team members using link below
    • If you are not able to find a team or prefer to sign up alone you will be placed in teams with other individual registrants

Info Session & Client Q&A

Monday, Apr 17th, 5:30 pm  

Case Released

Monday, April 17th, 5:30 PM

Registration Closes

Monday, April 24th, 5:30 PM

First Round Presentations

May 1-5th

Final Round Presentations

Friday, May 15



Can I register as an individual?

Absolutely! However, we recommend you use this option as the last resort in case you can’t form your own team before the registration deadline. In that case, you will be asked several questions to help facilitate the team formation process. Individuals will be informed of their teams on Monday, April 24th.

Do I really need to find a team?

We highly recommend that all interested participants find their own team to ensure compatibility. While we will do our best to group individual participants into teams, we cannot guarantee that everyone will get along. We have also found pre-formed teams tend to perform better in the competition. Please reach out to your classmates and network or utilize our spreadsheet to find people you connect with and form a team! If you still can’t find a team, please register and we will place you in one!

How much time is this going to take up?

This depends greatly on what the team is planning to do and impending deadlines. We estimate at least 5 h/week per participant.

I don’t know if I like consulting.

If you are interested in solving problems, give this case competition a try! For graduate students especially, it is rare to have the opportunity to solve a completely different kind of problem outside of your field of research. At the end of the competition you will have gained valuable experience in solving problems and working in a team.