Case Competition

The Future of Housing

A real estate case competition centered on affordable housing and open to undergraduates nationally. Workshops prepare students for the interdisciplinary challenge of creating a development, based on a real-world site and project, that creates both economic and social returns for the community, residents, and development team.
4th Annual Competition

The 2022 Corcoran Center Case Competition

In Partnership with Capital One

Supported by Citizens Bank, Red Stone Equity Partners

LEAH Development Team Photo

2022 Corcoran Center Case Competition Winners

LEAH Development

Pennsylvania State University

Emma Shaw, Captain

Alycia Fournier

Hope Urbanovsky

Lauren Knopf


Watch the 2022 Case Competition Finals

Competition FAQs

An annual business case competition that affords undergraduates an opportunity to compete, develop their knowledge, and learn from experts in the field through the analysis of an affordable housing real estate case.

All competition activities are virtual. The registration deadline is final, late registrations are not accepted. 

The competition is open to full time undergraduate students currently enrolled at US colleges and universities (not open to graduate students).

The Case Competition includes two virtual workshops, taught by industry experts, that teach the material required to complete the case. You do not need to have taken prior courses in real estate to participate. 

After completing the two workshops, teams prepare solutions to the case. Four finalist teams are selected anonymously by a panel of judges. These finalists are given the opportunity to revise their submissions after consultation with an industry expert mentor. 

The finalist teams present their proposed development via 15 minute virtual presentations to a panel of industry leaders, who deliberate, offer feedback, and select the winner. 

Case Prizes are awarded:

  1. $5000 First Place Team
  2. $2500 Second Place Team
  3. $1500 Third Place Team

First round judges may award Honorable Mention to teams not selected to the finals. The fourth place team, as determined by the finalist judges, is also awarded Honorable Mention. 

Undergraduate Students From US Colleges/Universities Eligible To Sign Up

Teams of 3-5, All Team Members From The Same School

Ready to Sign Up?

Signups take place during the fall and winter with the competition taking place during the spring. Information on the Spring 2023 competition will be posted during Fall 2022
Congressman Joe Kennedy III

The competition was kicked off by Congressmen Joe Kennedy III

The workshops and case, prepared by experts in the field, introduce low income housing tax credits as a valuable tool in the battle to maintain and expand affordable housing in America.

Lack of affordable Housing is a national crisis

The United States loses over 125,000 units of affordable housing each year. The Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) is crucial to combating the affordable housing crisis.

The 2021 Competition

Congratulations ACE Real Estate - 2021 Corcoran Center Case Competition Winners

Clockwise from Left: Alexander Felitto CSOM '24, Eva Van Pelt CSOM '22, Catherine Van Pelt CSOM '24 Photo: Rose Lincoln

Congratulations Team ACE Real Estate - 2021 Corcoran Center Case Competition Winners

Second Place: CHG Development

Third Place: Stone Hill Development


Watch the Corcoran Center Case Competition 2020 Finals

Keith James

Keith James, a Partner at Inland Group, leads a case workshop. Keith has over 20 years of experience in real estate development.