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ACG Cup School Contacts
  Drexel University,
LeBow College of Business

Liz Pelberg-Schariter
Phone: 215-895-1750

  La Salle University
School of Business

Dr. Susan Borkowski
Lindback Professor of Accounting and Joint Faculty, Integrated Science, Business and Technology Program
Phone: 215-951-1491

  Penn State University
Smeal College of Business
  Doug Thomas
Phone: 814-863-0474
  Saint Joseph's University
Haub School of Business
  Bob Dean
Visiting Professor
Department of Finance

Dr. Rajneesh Sharma
Department of Finance
  Temple University,
The Fox School of Business
  Kim Cherwinski

Valerie Henry
Director, MBA Programs
The Fox School of Business
Temple University

Phone: (215) 204-4570
  University of Delaware
Lerner College of Business & Economics

Helen Bowers, PhD
Assoicates Professor of Finance and Director, MS Finance Program

John Stocker, PhD
Assistant Professor of Finance

  University of Pennsylvania,
The Wharton School
Zach Peckham
  Villanova School of Business

William Andahazy
Associate Director
Graduate Career Management & Professional Development
Phone: 610-519-4795


The Wharton School Takes Home the 2014 ACG Cup Grand Prize

ACG Philadelphia presented $25,000 in awards to eight MBA teams at the 8th annual ACG Cup competition, sponsored by KPMG LLP on April 17, 2014.  The Philadelphia Cup is a highly realistic private equity/investment banking case study competition that requires a combination of corporate strategy, finance and valuation skills. A total of $25,000 was awarded and every student who participated took home prize money and invaluable real world experience.

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania was the Grand Prize winner of the 2014 ACG Cup. The team included Justin Chak, Eugene Dayanghirang, Matt Dennett and Alex Thorn.  The student team received a total award of $10,000 and the Philadelphia Cup Trophy, which the school can proudly display for the next year.

In second place was Villanova University and team members Cibbey Abraham, Adam Mathis and Joe Salerno. Tying for third place was St. Joseph's University team members Shuxing Wei Xue Yang and Yufei Lu and Drexel University team members Christian Arena, Curt Brooks, Colin Donato, Victor Herrera-Cervantes and Jason Keiser.
The following schools placed as finalists (listed in alpha order): LaSalle University, Penn State University, Temple University and  and University of Delaware.

For a complete list of students and accompanying resumes please click here.
About the ACG Philadelphia Cup

About the ACG Philadelphia Cup

The Association for Corporate Growth is pleased to present the 8th annual ACG Philadelphia Cup. 

The Philadelphia Cup is a highly realistic private equity/investment banking case study contest that will present a total of up to $25,000 in awards to MBA students representing some of the top MBA programs in the greater Philadelphia area. 

mpeting teams will be drawn from leading Philadelphia business schools. View the list of schools and contacts along the left side of this page. 

The contest, which is open exclusively to MBA and MS Finance students
attending the universities, will start with Round One competitions to be held on-campus at each school. Each team will analyze and present their solutions and recommendations to a complex business case that requires a combination of corporate strategy, finance and valuation skills. The top team from each school's ROUND 1 competition will advance to the "ACG Philadelphia Cup" Finals.

ACG Philadelphia has created an ACG Philadelphia Cup
University Handbook designed to be a comprehensive resource for school administrators, faculty and student.

For further details, please view the competition timeline and important dates provided below.

ACG Philadelphia Cup Timeline
Specific dates  for 2015 to be determined

Registration/School Team Sign-up
The competition is open to all graduate school business students and MS finance degrees at participating universities, whether they are full-time, part-time or executive MBAs.

Webinars for Students
ACG holds webinars that will be recorded and available for registered students to view in the Merrill DataSite. Once registered students will automatically receive access to these webinars. Topics include: Discounted Cash Flow (DCF), Leveraged Buyouts and Merger Consequences Analysis.

February: Workshop for Students
ACG will host a workshop for registered teams on Mastering a Winning Presentation. Location: KPMG, 1601 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 

Topics to be covered include: presentation skills (oral & written), valuation skills, private company financial metrics, and common mistakes, as well as time for Q&A.
We will also have a regional investment banking firm doing a pitch as an example of a well structured and successfully delivered presentation. 

Mid-February - Mid-March: Release of Case Study & ROUND 1 (On-Campus) Competition
Each team will analyze and present their recommendations and supporting rationale for a complex investment case that requires corporate strategy, finance and valuation skills.

ACG will utilize a Virtual Data Room for the release of the case.  All registered team members will receive log in and password information to the Merrill DataSite. Teams will have 2 weeks to prepare for the case in advance of ROUND 1.

School representatives will communicate with your team, as necessary, throughout this process and be available to answer questions (other than related to the case itself).

April. Finals
Teams will compete head-to-head with the winners from the other regional MBA schools for a total of $25,000 in prize money, which will be allocated among the final round teams as determined by the judges in their sole discretion. 
Prize money will be awarded based on each team’s ranking and not all teams will be eligible to receive a monetary award.  

Sponsoring firm KPMG will be the host site for Finals. Presentations have traditionally been held in the late afternoon. Further details to be circulated to participating teams.

Thank you to the
ACG Cup Sponsor

Registration for the 2015 ACG Philadelphia Cup will open in January 2015

Students must regiser as a team, not individually.
  • Teams should be formed and finalized in advance of ROUND 1 and should not change between ROUND 1 and the FINAL ROUND. 

  • Team changes (additions/ deletions) should be sent to BOTH ACG Philadelphia at AND the School Contact.

  • There is no formal registration deadline.
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