CampACE CASE-ino: Channel your inner Sherlock to crack open real-world case mysteries

Are you ready to embark on a journey that will test your problem-solving skills like never before?

Do you have what it takes to think critically, creatively and innovatively to drive business strategies?

If you're on the lookout for an exceptional opportunity that not only promises to test your abilities but also catapults your career into high gear, your search ends here. CampACE CASE-ino Case Study Competition 2023 presents itself as your golden ticket to showcase your remarkable problem-solving skills, immerse yourself in practical experiences and access unparalleled career prospects. Seize this golden opportunity to distinguish yourself and venture beyond your comfort zone like never before!

Pre-liminary Round

Semi-Finalist Round

Finale Round

Competition flow

Theme: Cracking the code to a stronger nation

At its core, this theme encourages a deep exploration of the complex issues a nation faces, whether they pertain to economic growth, social cohesion, environmental sustainability or political stability. It challenges individuals and teams to dissect these challenges, identify the hidden patterns and develop innovative approaches to address them effectively.

CampACE CASE-ino is Grant Thornton Bharat’s first-ever national case study competition. It bridges the gap between theory and real-world practice and networks with seasoned professionals, providing you with a solid foundation for a successful career ahead.

Case study - for the semi finale round

Janani - The Rocky Road from Charity to Social Enterprise

Summary of the case study

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    Background and Growth

    Janani, an affiliate of DKT International, began as a social marketing program in Bihar, India, focusing on reproductive health products and services. It grew significantly under Justin Thompson's leadership, expanding from 8 to 25 states by early 2020.

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    Donor Dependency

    Initial success was heavily reliant on donor funding, but as the Indian economy improved, donors reduced support. By 2019, 40% of Janani's budget depended on donor funding, leading to a critical need for financial sustainability.

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    Innovative Initiatives

    Janani pioneered a social franchising network, establishing Surya Family Planning Clinics and engaging private and government doctors. This social franchising model proved successful, providing cost-effective healthcare services and generating revenue through franchise fees.

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    Financial Challenges

    By 2012, Janani faced financial trouble with $2 million in debt and an inefficient operational structure. Don Douglas, the new director, implemented drastic measures, including staff reductions and product portfolio adjustments, to rescue Janani from closure.

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    Product Diversification

    To address financial challenges, Janani diversified its product portfolio, introducing new brands and variants. Despite initial struggles, strategic changes, including a focus on premium brands, led to financial improvements.

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    Focus on Sustainability

    Financial sustainability became a crucial goal as donor funding declined. Under Thompson's leadership, Janani aimed for a business-like approach, cutting costs, improving accountability, and ensuring that products paid for themselves while staying true to its mission.

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    Government and Market Dynamics

    Janani operated in a competitive landscape, facing competition from commercial companies, non-profit organizations, and the Indian government. It adapted its marketing strategies, including advertising through various channels and participating in promotional events.

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    Challenges Ahead

    As of March 2020, Janani faced challenges related to donor support, with private funding set to expire. The organization aimed to attract new donors but also sought financial independence to carry out its mission effectively.

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    Strategic Vision

    Justin Thompson emphasized the need for Janani to balance business-like practices with its social mission. The organization aimed to ensure the affordability and availability of modern birth control and safe abortion methods for all Indians, working in partnership with the Government of India and donors.

Finale Round- 2-day networking event to be held in Delhi on the 15th-16th March 2024

“Problem statement of the Final Round”

"Fostering Inclusive Leadership | A Design Thinking Challenge for Sustainable Innovation"
In this challenge, participants are tasked with driving organizational change at the leadership level through innovative design thinking solutions that prioritize diversity and inclusion (D&I). Participants will envision themselves as part of a visionary group dedicated to instigating positive transformations. They will present their pioneering ideas aimed at fostering inclusive leadership within a chosen organizational context.

Tentative timelines

Contact Us

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Frequently asked questions

What is CampACE CASE-ino Case Study Competition 2023?

CampACE CASE-ino is Grant Thornton Bharat’s first-ever national case study competition.

What is the theme of the competition?

The theme of the competition is ‘Cracking the code to a stronger nation’. It focuses on addressing challenges and opportunities related to India's socio-economic, political and environmental development.

Who can participate in the competition?

A diverse team of 4-5 members currently enrolled in Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) and Post Graduate Programme for Executives (PGPX) courses can participate. Teams with members from different specialisations and academic years are allowed.

What are the eligibility criteria for participants?

Participants must be actively enrolled as management students pursuing specialisation in any field.

How do I register for the competition?

You can register for the competition by filling out the registration form shared in your registered email.

What is the competition flow?

The competition consists of various stages, including registration, a preliminary round with a 60-second video introduction, a case study analysis, access to learning materials through the byteEDGE app, semi-final presentations, mentorship for finalist teams and a grand finale round where the top 15 teams pitch their solutions to the GTORQUE Panel.

What are the goals and objectives of the competition?

The competition aims to promote critical thinking, foster innovative solutions, promote research and analysis, inspire collaboration between academia and industry, facilitate cross-disciplinary learning and provide recognition and rewards for outstanding case studies.

How can I stay updated about the competition?

You can follow Grant Thornton Bharat's official social media pages on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube for updates and use the hashtags #CampACE and #CASE-ino in your social media posts related to the competition.

Can I participate individually or only in teams?

Only teams of 4-5 members are allowed to participate. Individual participation is not allowed.