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The ACG Cup: The Premier MBA Competition
The ACG Cup is a case study competition designed to give students from leading MBA programs across the country real world experience and invaluable insights into mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, financial advisory and private equity.  Each case study provides students with a unique opportunity to present valuation, capital markets and M&A strategic advice to a panel of seasoned M&A professionals from within the ACG community.  The competition is carried out through a series of intra-school and regional competitions, with regional winners awarded the prestigious ACG Cup title and cash awards.
The ACG Cup Value Proposition:
ACG Chapters nationwide are pleased to host ACG Cup competitions, enabling ACG members to forge closer relationships with the leading business schools in their region, introducing the next generation of business leaders to the premier M&A, corporate growth and corporate development community, the Association for Corporate Growth.

Participating in the ACG Cup provides students with the unparalleled opportunity to:

  • Access and exposure to M&A professionals
  • Real-world dealmaking experience
  • Over $200,000 in scholarship and awards distributed
  • Resume building
  • Real-world financial experience
  • Opportunity to work as an investment banker for a week
  • Application of classroom studies
  • Hone dealmaking skills
  • Enhance and polish presentation, networking and team building capabilities
ACG Cup Testimonials
"The ACG Cup is a great way to introduce business schools and MBA students to ACG as the premier global organization for professionals involved in mergers and acquisitions.  At the same time, we are providing those students with an opportunity to gain real world experience, present, network and develop relationships with the leading M&A professionals and firms in their region."
Douglas Schreier
Principal, Deloitte Tax, LLP
"The ACG Cup provides an excellent outlet to display your talent and energy to a network of potential employers.  The competition not only offers a thorough insight to the workings of corporate finance, it also opens doors to eager MBA students who want to establish themselves as capable candidates to promising careers in finance.  Upon graduation, I was offered a position with a local private equity firm I met at an ACG event."
Tom Lombardi, Jr
Pepperdine University
MBA Class of 2007
ACG Southern California Cup 2007 Participant
"Without a doubt, the ACG Cup competition has helped me better transition to my current position as an investment analyst." 
Sanjay Khindri
Villanova University
MBA Class of 2008
ACG Philadelphia Cup 2008 Participant
"The ACG Cup competition was a highlight for our competing students in that it provided an opportunity to apply all the critical skills from the MBA program to a single product, exercising hard skills like finance and accounting fundamentals and soft skills like teamwork, presentation skills, and strategic thinking.  The surprise was that the most valuable reward came from the long-term relationships and the learning that came out of the effort.  It was an intensive learning experience shared with great teammates and mentors that offered our students a real look at what the private equity field actually feels like outside of an academic setting." 
Pam Kokkalis,
 Associate Director
 Graduate Career Management Center,
Temple University, The Fox School of Business
ACG Philadelphia Cup 2008 Participant
"Ultimately, everyone that participates in the ACG Cup is a winner; the students especially, but also their peers, faculty, judging and coordinating teams. Our students were able to experience a very real-world business setting that tested their cognitive, analytical and communication skills.  I was struck by their ability to synthesize the theoretical and the practical; respond to probing questions from the judges, and maintain a sense of humor in the face of highly charged inter-school rivalry. There could be no better professional preparation for our MBA students."
Stephanie Bergeron
Walsh College
ACG Detroit Cup 2008 Participant
"The ACG Cup competition was a great opportunity to live the life of an investment banker for one week. We were conducting company valuations, creating pitch books and selling our ideas to a client. The experience provided me and the team with a better understanding of the skills and work ethic needed to be a successful investment banker."
Jonathan Steele
University of Maryland
MBA Class of 2009
ACG National Capital Cup 2008 Participant
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