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What can I say? We're psychic.  The day after we post a blog about the importance of problem-solving and creative thinking to graduate schools and employers, Rotman School of Management in Toronto has put their money where their mouth is by offering a free ride to the student who can untangle a complicated situation using basic business principles.

The Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto is Canada's #1 business school. Rotman ranks among the Top 10 in North America. In 2013, Poets and Quants awarded former Rotman dean Roger Martin as Dean of the Year.  What does all this mean?  Long story short, an MBA from Rotman is about as good as it gets – – except, of course, a free MBA! The topic details are up on Rotman's website today, so you can begin preparing immediately. They even provided videos of winners in previous years for you to review.  The rest of the deadlines and awards are listed below. 

Happy hunting!  And if you want a few professional pointers on how to ace this kind of problem-solving challenge, drop us a line and we'd be happy to advise you.

Key Dates

January 23: Topic Details Distributed – Stay tuned to the Rotman Problem Solving Challenge website for details on how to submit your answer the question!! 
February 6: Registration Deadline (Written Submissions Due) 
February 20: Presentation Invitations Sent to Top 100 Submissions 
March 28-29: Problem Solving Challenge 

Awards


The top individuals with the highest cumulative scores will receive the following: 
First overall wins a full tuition scholarship valued at $90,000
Second overall wins a $60,000 scholarship
Third overall wins a $40,000 scholarship
Fourth overall wins a $30,000 scholarship
Fifth overall wins a $20,000 scholarship
Additionally:
Top individual presentation wins a $10,000 scholarship
Top individual written submission wins a $5,000 scholarship
The top groups with the highest group scores will receive the following:
First place group wins $5,000 per team member
Second place group wins $3,000 per team member
Third place group wins $2,000 per team member
Fourth place group wins $1,000 per team member