2017, twelve teams (three first year MBAs per team) will participate in
the MBA Stock Pitch Challenge. On Tuesday, October 31, teams will be
assigned their stocks in the morning and pitches are due twelve hours
later on Tuesday night. Wednesday, November 1 marks the day of
arrival in NYC in time for a reception and dinner at the India House,
Thursday, November 2, marks the day of presentations and Friday will be
set aside for invited students to interview with sponsoring firms.
rounds will consist of two pools of presenters and judges. Judges, will
consist of distinguished investment professionals from the buy/sell side.
the generosity of our event sponsors, the MBA SPC will provide
accommodations and meals to the three competing students (only) for each
team (2 rooms per school, 2 to a room, one night’s stay on Wednesday
night). Teams are responsible for their own transportation to and from New
York City. Students
training will be conducted via webinar ahead of the event
Tuesday morning at 9 a.m., organizers will email the teams assigning one
common stock and two industries to the participating teams. They will also
provide them with a list of the eligible set of stocks in each of the two
must decide whether to present a long (buy), neutral (hold), or a short
(sell) recommendation on the common stock.
each of the two assigned industries, students will be asked to choose a
company that they will pitch as either a long, neutral, or short
will have 12 hours to complete their assignments. All assignments
are due by 9 p.m. on Tuesday night.
teams will present their recommendations on the common stock and on one
industry-specific stock in the preliminary rounds on Thursday morning.
(See details on presentation rules below). The two highest scoring teams
from each group in the preliminary round will advance to the final round
on Thursday afternoon. Participants are required to wear business attire
for their presentations.
who are invited for interviews on Friday will need to extend their stay in
New York City either at the Doubletree Hilton or a venue of their choosing
on Thursday night. Cornell will only cover the cost of Wednesday
will be on the honor system throughout the event (see below).
will announce their finalist decisions at the luncheon. Presentation of
awards will be made at the afternoon reception.
coverage of the MBA Stock Pitch Challenge is sought, and it is possible
that reporters will be in the rooms during the competition. A press
release on the results of the event will be dispatched by the S.C. Johnson
College of Business at Cornell. There are, of course, no guarantees that
the media will report on the event.
teams must put their stock pitch Powerpoint presentation on a pre-designed
template provided by the MBA Stock Pitch Challenge organizers.
make their presentations anonymously, using a team number (assigned in a
random drawing) and their first and last names - not the name of their
total of 15 minutes will be allotted per team pitch. Ten minutes will be
used for the formal presentation, five minutes for Q&A from the
judges. These time limits will be strictly enforced by an official
presentation must feature a "lead presenter" (a team member who
makes the initial ten minute presentation). Each team member must serve as
a lead presenter for one of the three stocks. All three team members can
participate in answering the judges' questions in all rounds.
teams competing will not be allowed to view the presentations of the other
teams in the morning rounds. Non-finalist teams may stay and watch
finalist teams present in the final round.
Judges will be provided with a score sheet for the
competition. In brief, the presentation will be judged on the basis of the
quality of the analysis, presentation delivery, and the quality of the Q&A