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Amazon HQ2 to Philly Case Competition

Come watch our finalist teams present to the Mayor, City Hall, and expert judges!

Case Competition Final Presentations and Reception

Friday October 13, 10am-12pm
Vance Hall - Hoover Lounge

9:30am - Doors Open - Capacity Limited!
10:00am - Introduction & Welcoming Remarks
10:10am - Mayor Kenney's Remarks
10:30am to 11:20am - Finalists Teams Present
11:20am - Judges Deliberations, Vice Dean’s Thank You
11:40am - Winner Announced
12:00pm - Reception & Event End

What is this?

This is a case competition for teams of Penn undergraduate, graduate, and MBA students to analyze why Amazon should locate their new headquarters in Philadelphia.

Why should you do this?

It's a great opportunity for Penn students to explore the intersection of business, tech, and policy, and to build city pride by creating economic prosperity for Philadelphia.

Background Information

Amazon is looking for proposals from North American cities on where to build their second headquarters and Philadelphia is in the running as a strong candidate. The economic benefits that its current HQ have brought Seattle are tremendous; we ask for your help to bring the same to Philadelphia. See here for Amazon's official request for proposal and relevant data.

Competition Details

Problem Statement: Why is Philadelphia the best city for Amazon?

In your team of 2–4, you will enter under one of these subtopics:

  1. Financial and tax incentives
  2. Talent base and employee life incentives
  3. Strategic tech-focused incentives
  4. Current and new legal incentives

Resources for teams include subtopic guidelines and scoring rubric. Your team can be a mix of undergrads, grads, and MBAs.

Judging: One finalist team will be chosen from each sub-topic by the judging professors. A single team will be chosen as the overall winner amongst the four finalist teams.

Final Round Deliverables

  • 7 minute presentation and 3 minute Q&A


  • Meet Mayor Jim Kenney during finalist presentations
  • Lunch with Wharton Vice Deans Lori Rosenkopf and Howard Kaufold
  • $600 in Visa gift cards and $400 in Penn Bookstore gift cards to the winning team
  • Press and media recognition

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Competition organized by The and MUSE.

This competition is in no way sponsored by Amazon.

This competition is separate from the Wharton Amazon Writing Competition.


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