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What Happens at the MBA Stock Pitch Challenge?


  • Teams arrive in New York City.  An evening dinner with Johnson Organizers, Sponsoring Firms, and student hosts gives participants an opportunity to mingle.
  • Students have an opportunity to interview with sponsoring firms ahead of the competition by invitation.


  • Following an early breakfast, three simultaneous presentation tracks will occur.  For each stock pitch, a single presenter from each team makes a ten-minute presentation, followed by judges’ questioning of all three team members for five minutes. For each of the three stock pitches, teams feature a different team member as presenter. Each team pitches the common stock in the first round and an industry-specific stock in the second and third rounds. The highest-scoring team from each group in the preliminary rounds advances to the final afternoon round.
  • Teams break for the keynote lunch following the first three rounds, where the announcement of the three finalist teams from the field of twelve is made.
  • The three finalists will proceed to the final round, where they make a six-minute presentation on any stock of their choice, followed by nine minutes of Q&A. Judges deliberate while students head to the awards reception, where first and second place winners are announced and all competitors can mingle with judges and peers.
  • The event is held before a live audience, but other competing teams are not permitted to watch one another’s presentations in the first three rounds.  Finalists are allowed to watch other teams present as long as they have finished their own presentation. Non-finalists are allowed to watch final rounds.

Why Participate?

Students (Lodging and meals provided for participating students only)

  • Experience the intensity, depth, and breadth of questions posed by top investment professionals – the kinds of questions asked daily on Wall Street.
  • Network with investment industry professionals – SPC judges, sponsors, and MBA competitors who will soon enter the field.
  • Prepare concise, compelling pitches.
  • Use professional investment software, including Capital IQ, FactSet and Bloomberg.


  • Gain priority access to top MBA candidates; watch them demonstrate their intellectual horsepower under intense time pressure.
  • Network with peer investment professionals, research faculty, and top MBA students.
  • Enhance your firm’s prestige through Ivy League associations.
  • Raise your visibility with the business schools that contribute the most talent and research to your industry.