Frequently Asked Questions

Case Preparation & Presentations

Can the team rehearse their Pre-Arrival competition case presentation in front of their coach or other observers?
  • Case preparation and rehearsals of the Pre-Arrival competition case must only be done by the student competitors registered for the competition.
  • Competitors must not seek guidance or feedback from any individual beyond their team (including their coach etc.).
  • Competitors are welcome to use practice cases with their coach or others.
  • Professional videographers or designers (or any hired help) is not permitted.
  • No contact must be made with anyone from the focal company or authors of the case.
  • Infraction of any of these rules will lead to disqualification of the team from SG-FECC.
What role does the coach play?

Coaches play a critical role in SG-FECC. Their role is similar to that of a teacher with their students, that is, to guide and coach students until the moment of the exam (SG-FECC case in this instance). But, once the exam starts (case is received), they must perform on their own.

Then, when we hand out the graded results (feedback from judges), the coach helps them to interpret the feedback and strategize how to improve, as appropriate, and train and motivate them for the next exam.

Rationale – In first couple of years of SG-FECC, we did not ask the coaches to refrain from helping students with the case. Everyone tried their best. But, the teams are ranked by judges and inevitably someone comes in last or 3rd out of 4 teams in a division. If a coach and the students have given their all, this causes an awkward conversation which sometimes leads to finger-pointing toward the judging panels/organizers etc. placing the team in a negative non-learning spirit.

Thus, upon consultation with the coaches, we have since released coaches of working with the students for the competition cases. But, coaches are free to continue to train students using other cases.

Some experienced coaches don’t read the SG-FECC case until their team has submitted their presentations – so as to not answer any related questions inadvertently.

Can the team use internet and other secondary resources for their Pre-Arrival case preparation?

Yes, teams are encouraged to use the internet and other secondary resources for their Pre-Arrival case preparation and presentation.

Teams will not have access to the internet or reference material for the closed case presentations on Thursday, Friday and the Finalist round on Saturday.

To whom should the competitors presume to be presenting?

This is for the team to decide. Taking a specific role for yourselves or assigning a role for the judging panel is team’s decision to make and clarify at the start of their presentation.

 Should competitors identify their school in their presentation?

In the opening power point slide, teams should identify themselves, their school and country of their university.

Are teams allowed to have an appendix in their presentation? 

Yes, you are allowed supplemental/appendix slides that can be included in the full slide deck.

Do teams need to explicitly state the name of the model (i.e. genogram, three-circles model, performance matrix, etc.) that is being used in their presentation?

You are not required to explicitly state the name of the model but it is generally a good idea to do so.

How much knowledge of tax or inheritance laws are teams expected to have?

For the pre-arrival case, teams are encouraged to do their research using secondary sources for such questions. Where unsure, it is often helpful to indicate assumptions made.

For the closed/controlled cases, most of all relevant information should be provided in the case materials.

Can student competitors seek assistance from their coaches, faculty, friends or experts during case preparation periods?

No, only the registered competing students are permitted to work on their case analysis and recommendations for all three rounds. No assistance is allowed from anyone beyond the registered student competitors.

Can student competitors seek assistance from their coaches, faculty, friends or experts on OTHER cases or presentations during the case preparation periods?

Yes, coaches and others may answer questions or guide students unrelated to the competition case in hand.

What are the lengths of the cases?

The lengths of cases vary. Links to a few cases uses in previous editions of SG-FECC is here.

Will any part of the event be online?

There will be a live stream of the final round of presentations on Saturday. This will be on YouTube.

Can teams use paper notes to prepare presentations?

Teams are NOT allowed to bring paper notes into the preparation room for controlled cases (2nd, 3rd, Final Rounds). However, blank note cards and paper, pens, etc. will be available in all preparation rooms. Judges are given no prior instruction on whether to dock points for students using note cards during the presentation.

What information may be included in the Presentation Template File?

Competitors are allowed to bring a template PowerPoint file into their preparation rooms for the Thursday, Friday and Saturday (Final Round) case. Teams are permitted to use ONE presentation-template file that may contain school/other logos and graphic designs, such as background, color set-up, arrows, boxes, organization charts, etc. NO TEXT (including letters or numbers/formulas) other than the names of the competitors, logo embedded text or their institution is allowed. This file must be stored on a single memory stick with no other files on it.  Prior to each case preparation, the team ambassador will inspect the memory stick to ensure that the template file described above is the only file on the memory stick.

Eligibility & Event Logistics

Can full time students graduating during the academic year of SG-FECC compete for their university?

Yes, competitors must be registered full time at the competing school for at least one semester of the academic year of the competition (e.g. a student graduating in December 2022 is eligible to compete in the January 2023).

Can a team consist of a mix of graduate and undergraduate students?
  • Teams competing in the undergraduate or bachelor’s league can only have undergraduate or bachelor students.
  • Teams competing in the graduate league may have a mix of undergraduate and graduate students.
Is two teams per university the maximum number?

Yes, with one team at the Graduate level and one at the Undergraduate level. 

Does sending more than one team have an impact on the registration fee?

Yes, each team incurs the registration fee.

Will only one team per university proceed to the second round in case both of them are above the performance threshold defined by the judges?

No, both could succeed being that they are in different leagues (Undergraduate and Graduate).

Can we switch student competitors after the competitors and coaches registration deadline?
  • Yes, teams may switch competing students until the SG-FECC Pre-Arrival case is distributed.
  • NO switching of competitors is permitted once the competition begins.
  • Any illness or other impediment to a competitor will result in their team competing without them.
  • If a registered competitor is unable to participate in one case/round of the event, they are permitted to rejoin the team for any remaining cases/rounds of the SG-FECC event.


How will teams receive their feedback?

The judging panel will submit their written feedback and evaluations for each team to the organizers, who will then relay the results to the coaches at a pre-announced time. Coaches relay the results and feedback to their teams.

How many judges will evaluate the team in each round of the competition?

Each team presentation will be evaluated by a panel of 3-5 judges. Each panel is composed of family business educators, owners/managers, and advisors/service providers.

Will the same judges evaluate a team for the different parts of the competition?

No, a team will have different judging panels in each round.

Will we know the judges in advance?

The Judges Profile Booklet will be released in late December. About 60 judges from seven countries are confirmed for this event.

For an idea of the types of judges who serve at SG-FECC, please see the 2020 Judges Profile Booklet here.