The ACG Cup®

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The ACG Cup® is a case study competition designed to give students from leading university business 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, 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 annually
  • 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
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Career Conversations

During the ACG Cup® reception, after the competition, competitors will have the opportunity to connect and network with representatives from Northeast Ohio companies, as well as the competition judges, who represent many prestigious local and regional firms.

The structure of Career Conversations is more casual than a traditional job fair, affording students the chance to hear more about Cleveland organizations: what they do, who they hire, and what kind of employee(s) they are looking for.

Career Conversations is an opportunity for both ACG members and sponsors to create awareness about the deal making community and to expose students to the career openings in this field.  Career Conversations represents a chance for students to GET CONNECTED with high profile local firms. Every year student competitors are hired as a direct result of participating in this competition.

The ACG Cup® Committee

If you are interested in joining the committee that helps plan all of the details for this fantastic event, please fill out our Committee Form, or reach out to M. Joan McCarthy, ACG Cleveland's Chapter Executive ( / 216-696-8484).

More Information

To learn more, contact ACG Cleveland at 216-696-8484 or

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