Conexus Indiana announces 2019 Case Competition Winners

INDIANAPOLIS (October 25, 2019) A team of students from Indiana State University, Valparaiso University, Rose Hulman Institute of Technology and Earlham College won the top prize for the bachelor’s degree track at the 2019 Conexus Indiana Case Competition. A team of students from Vincennes University, St. Joseph’s College of Marian University and Ivy Tech Fort Wayne won first prize in the associate’s degree track of the competition. The event featured 144 students from 22 Indiana colleges and universities and five out-of-state schools working in teams to solve a business case in only 24 hours.

Bachelor’s degree track winning teams included students from:

  • First place: Indiana State, Valparaiso University, Rose Hulman Institute of Technology and Earlham College
  • Second place: University of Indianapolis, Purdue University, and Earlham College
  • Third place: Franklin College, Earlham College, IUPUI and University of Indianapolis

Associate’s degree track winning teams included students from: 

  • First place: Vincennes University, St. Joseph’s College of Marian University, and Ivy Tech Fort Wayne
  • Second place: Ivy Tech and Marian University
  • Third place: Ivy Tech and Vincennes University

The winning teams took home $5,000 for first place, with second and third place teams taking home $2,000 and $1,000, respectively.

“The Conexus Indiana Case Competition is designed to encourage college students to use what they’ve learned in the classroom in a simulated real-world environment,” Brad Rhorer, Conexus Indiana chief talent programs officer, said. “Students should seize as many opportunities as possible to use their skills before graduating, and Conexus is proud to offer a program that provides them that chance and exposes them to the dynamic careers available in advanced manufacturing and logistics.”

The Conexus Indiana Case Competition is held annually to encourage college students to practice real-life decision-making and problem-solving skills. This marked the first year that students were divided into 2-year college and 4-year college tracts, with each tract receiving a different case.

Competing Schools:

Ball State University

Butler University

Earlham College

Franklin College

Holy Cross College

Indiana State University

Indiana University

Indiana University Fort Wayne


Ivy Tech

Manchester University

Marian University

Miami University of Ohio

Michigan State University

Northern Illinois University

Purdue University

Purdue Fort Wayne

Purdue Polytechnic

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

St. Mary’s University of Minnesota

University of Evansville

University of Indianapolis

University of Louisville

University of Michigan – Dearborn

University of Southern Indiana

Valparaiso University

Vincennes University

Participating Companies:

Indianapolis Airport Authority

Allison Transmission

Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc.

Cummins, Inc.


Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies

Langham Logistics

Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Ivy Tech Community College

The Hendricks County Economic Development Partnership

Merchandise Warehouse Co., Inc.

Backhaul Direct, LLC

Caterpillar Inc.

Aisin USA Mfg., Inc.

Penske Logistics

TS Tech Indiana, LLC

Greenville Technology, Inc.

Rolls-Royce Corporation


Nanshan America AAT

Major Tool & Machine

Austin Tri-Hawk Automotive, Inc.

Circle City Cryogenics


Advanced Bearing Materials, LLC

Quality Mill Supply

Ascend Indiana

Roche Diagnostics

University of Evansville

GKN Sinter Metals


About Conexus Indiana

For more than a decade, Conexus Indiana, one of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP) non-profit initiatives, has been positioning the Hoosier State as the best place for advanced manufacturing and logistics industries to invest, employ and succeed. By collaborating with industry, academic and public sector partners on a shared vision for an innovative, skilled workforce and stronger business climate, Conexus Indiana has helped to create opportunities for advanced manufacturing and logistics companies, prepare Hoosiers to succeed in the state’s largest industry sectors and maintain Indiana’s competitive advantage. For more information, go to