Logistics and Rules

Logistics

  1. Teams of three students from each school will participate in the MBA Stock Pitch Challenge. Each team is responsible for preparing four pitches, three of which are assigned by organizers for the preliminary rounds and one stock of their own choosing, which will be presented by teams that proceed to the final round. We encourage teams to prepare this final round pitch well ahead of time. On Tuesday, October 30, teams will be assigned their stocks for the preliminary rounds in the morning, and pitches are due 12 hours later on Tuesday night. 
  2. Through 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 Thursday night). Teams are responsible for their own transportation to and from New York City.  
  3. Software training will be conducted via webinar ahead of the event.
  4. On Tuesday morning at 9 a.m., organizers will email the teams, assigning one common stock and two industries with a list of the eligible set of stocks to the participating teams. Teams must also be prepared to pitch a stock of their choosing, for which they can prepare well in advance, for the final round, in which 12 teams will be narrowed down to three finalist teams. Teams must decide whether to present a long (buy), neutral (hold), or a short (sell) recommendation on the common stock. For 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 candidate. Teams are encouraged to pick a stock they feel strongly about (buy or short versus hold). Teams will have 12 hours to complete their assignments. All assignments are due by 9 p.m. on Tuesday night.
  5. Thursday, November 1st marks the day of arrival in NYC. Interviews with sponsoring firms for selected students will take place from 9:00-4:00 p.m. at Cornell's 45 West 57th Street facility. A reception and dinner will be held at the India House in the evening. 
  6. Preliminary rounds will consist of three pools of presenters and judges. Judges will consist of distinguished investment professionals from the buyside and sellside.
  7. All teams will present their recommendations on the common stock and two industry-specific stocks in the preliminary rounds on Friday morning. (See details on presentation rules below). The highest scoring team from each group in the preliminary round will advance to the final round on Friday afternoon where they will pitch their stock of choice. Participants are required to wear business attire for their presentations.
  8. Judges will announce their finalist decisions at the luncheon on Friday. Presentation of awards will be made at the afternoon reception.
  9. Students will be on the honor system throughout the event (see below).

Honor System

  1. No outside help will be allowed from anyone (i.e., no phone calls, e-mails etc.). Consultants from the software companies will be available in the initial stages of the day for brief questions specific to the use of their software.
  2. All data sources are fair game, including the Internet and any proprietary quantitative or fundamental models developed in advance. However, proper attribution must be provided (i.e., sources must be clearly marked on each slide).
  3. Any violation of these rules constitutes grounds for disqualification.

The Presentation

  1. All teams must put their stock pitch PowerPoint presentation on a pre-designed template provided by the MBA Stock Pitch Challenge organizers.
  2. Teams make their presentations anonymously, using a team number (assigned in a random drawing) and their first and last names - not the name of their schools.
  3. A total of 15 minutes will be allotted per team pitch for all rounds. For the three preliminary rounds, 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 timekeeper. Every 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 three rounds.
  4. For the final round, teams will deliver a six minute pitch with nine minutes of Q&A. All team members are expected to contribute to the presentation and Q&A in the final round.
  5. Student teams competing will not be allowed to view the presentations of the other teams in the preliminary rounds. Non-finalist teams may stay and watch finalist teams present in the final round.
  6. 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 session.