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ACG Cup School Contacts
  Drexel University,
LeBow College of Business

Erin Lemons 
Phone: 215.571.4516

  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
MBA Finance Association
  Matthew Herbert
MBA Candidate 2015
  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
  Rachel Carr

Kim Cherwinski

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

  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
  Villanova School of Business

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

About the ACG Philadelphia Cup

About the ACG Philadelphia Cup

The Association for Corporate Growth is pleased to present the 9th annual ACG Philadelphia Cup. 

The Philadelphia Cup is a case study competition designed to give students 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 competitions, with the winning team from from each school competing head to head at the "ACG Philadelphia Cup" Finals. The winning team is awarded the prestigious ACG Cup title and trophy. A total of $25,000 in prize money will be awarded based on each team’s ranking and not all teams will be eligible to receive a monetary award. 

The competition, which is open exclusively to MBA and MS Finance studens attending the participating universities (schools and contacts noted along the left side of this page), whether they are full-time, part-time or executive MBAs. The case work is rigorous and other degrees would not provide students with the necessary finance foundation. 

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
January:  Registration/School Team Sign-up
The competition is open to all MBA
 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 9 (changed from Feb 10): Mastering a Winning Presentation.for Students
ACG will host a webinar for registered students on Mastering a Winning Presentation.
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. 

Mid-February to 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 9, 2015. 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 in center city will be the host site for Finals. Presentations run from 9am - 1pm. Further details to be circulated to participating teams.

Wharton Takes Home the 2014 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 UniversityPenn State University, Temple University and and University of Delaware.

For a complete list of students and accompanying resumes please 
click here.

Thank you to the
ACG Cup Sponsor

Register for the ACG Cup (2015 Registration is closed)

Students must register individually and not as a team.

Round 1 (on campus) dates are provided below.   
  • Teams should be comprised of not less than 2 and not more than 5 students. We highly recommend teams of 3 – 4 students.

  • In advance of ROUND 1, teams should be formed & finalized and member names will be requested by ACG. 
  • Team changes (additions/ deletions) should be sent to BOTH ACG Philadelphia at AND the School Contact.

  • Teams should not change between ROUND 1 and the FINAL ROUND.  

  • Teams will have 2 weeks to prepare for the ROUND 1 Competition (and FINALS).
ROUND 1 Dates
The date/time for each school's respective Round One competition will be posted to our web site as soon as it is available. Your school representative will communicate all logistics related to Round One
Drexel University 
Fri, March 6 
La Salle University
Wed, March 18
Penn State University 
Thursday March 26
Temple University 
Fri, February 20  
University of Delaware 
Wed, March 18

The Wharton School
Fri March 20

Villanova School of Business
Wed, March 11

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