Dr. Susan Borkowski
Lindback Professor of Accounting and Joint Faculty, Integrated Science, Business and Technology Program
Graduate Career Management & Professional Development
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.
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.