International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition

Results of the 2014 competition

For a third year in a row, San Jose State teams took home gold! Silicon Valley Wings took first place for overall performance (a composite measure of financial success) while Spartan Technology won for best documentation (business plan and annual report). And if that weren't enough Silicon Valley Wings took first runner up in documentation and Spartan Technology was first runner up in overall performance.

This year’s competition was much closer than last year's. Silicon Valley Wings had established a strong second place in the remote phase of the competition while Spartan Technology, who had started strongly had conceded first place to UC Riverside in the virtual year before the intensive phase. So both teams arrived in Long Beach with their work cut out for them.

Silicon Valley Wings


Silicon Valley Wings outmaneuvered their rivals in Year 6 and pulled ahead, thereafter never relinquishing their dominant position over University of Calgary.

Spartan Technology

In an exciting down-to-the-wire finish, Spartan Technology looked set to take back the lead from UC Riverside until the last quarter but one; but Riverside ultimately prevailed in a cliff-hanger of a finish to the competition.

Christopher Thoma (COO/CMO), Elizabeth Thoma (CIO), Robert Kolbuch (CEO), Qian Gao (CFO)



We'd like to thank Dean David Steele, AD Stephen Kwan, and MBA Director Marco Pagani for their continued commitment to the competition. We are also enormously grateful to Abdel El-Shaieb, Stephen Achtenhagen, Alex Oberle, Alexander Ciak, David Duong, Andrae Browne, Atul Wagle, Francisco Melli-Huber, Garima Sharma, Krishna Shastry, Nikky Do, Roshi Sharma, Truong Tu, Caitlyn Caraccioli, Sun Chou, and Margaret Farmer. Thank you all!


Recruiting Teams for the 2015 Competition

The 51st annual International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition will be held between February 2nd to April 26, 2014. The competition is hosted by CSU Long Beach.

The College is currently looking for teams from the Lucas Graduate School of Business and the Sbona Honors program. We are holding a number of "open-houses" where we will provide an overview of the competition and where you can meet past competition winners who will share their experiences.

Recruiting for the competition takes place in the fall of 2014

Training begins in earnest in January with sessions on the 10th, 17th and 24th. The competition proper begins February 4th. For more information contact Simon Rodan.

About the ICBSC

Since 1982, students from the College of Business at San José State University have competed in the annual International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition, an intercollegiate business simulation contest between schools from around the country and abroad.

After some initial training in January, teams plan and implement 20 quarterly sets of managerial decisions guiding a virtual company through 5 years of operations. In the course of the 3 months of the competition, teams learn to integrate functional business knowledge, navigate challenging macro-economic conditions, and develop a strategic plan and coherent tactical responses to changing market conditions and competetive actions. Success depends on building a coherent understanding and a predictive model of the business, assessing risk, disaggregating assumptions, and executing flawlessly.

Teams are evaluated by judges from a variety of industries—who bring an enormous amount of high-level managerial experience to the competition—on the level and consistency of their company's financial performance, the quality of their business plan and an annual report.

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Participation in the competition may earn course credit through registration in B294. Admission is by instructor consent.