For the first time ever, teams of graduate and undergrad students from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) won the top three spots at ACG Cup, a rigorous investment banking case study competition organized by the Cleveland chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG).
The first-place team included CWRU students Ethan Glickstein, Shrey Agarwal, Ashley Carnes, and Jake Micham. The second place team was comprised of students Nori Moy, Jackson Bertuzzi, Sonya Mehta, Jacob Olszewski, and Joshua Lehrberger from CWRU. In third place was another CWRU team including students Robert Relief, Christopher Blanchard, Philip Bernadotte, Jonathan Lerner, and Braden Storer. Teams from Baldwin Wallace University, Cleveland State University, and Ashland University also competed. In total, there were eight teams from local graduate and undergraduate programs that entered in this year’s competition.
This was the first year that ACG Cleveland opened the competition to undergraduate students and those that participated performed well. The ACG Cup competition gives students an opportunity to deliver advice on valuation, capital markets, and strategic mergers and acquisitions to a panel of well-versed professionals in the mergers and acquisitions field. ACG chapters across the nation host ACG Cup competitions, where members create stronger relationships with leading business schools. Additionally, the competition provides corporate growth professionals with the opportunity to connect with up-and-coming talent.
“This competition is a wonderful opportunity for students to gain real-world experience and insights into mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, financial advisory, and private equity. We look forward to seeing how these students leverage this opportunity to advance their careers,” said Matt Roberts, committee chair of the ACG Cleveland Cup competition and a vice president at Copper Run Capital. “We would like to thank all participants for their great effort in the 11th Annual ACG Cleveland Cup.”
The winning team will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to InterGrowth, ACG Global’s annual conference, which will be held May 6–8 at the Waldorf Astoria & Hilton Bonnet Creek in Orlando, FL. In addition to the prize package, CWRU won guardianship of the ACG Cleveland Cup trophy for one year. Members of the runner-up team will receive cash prizes.
Founded in 1954, ACG is a global organization with 56 chapters and over 14,500 professionals involved in corporate growth, corporate development, and mergers and acquisitions. Doing business is at the heart of the ACG membership experience. Chapters in North and South America, Europe and Asia bring dealmakers together to help them achieve their business and professional goals. For more information, visit www.acg.org. ACG Cleveland has 500 members and is one of the largest ACG chapters in the world. For more information, please visit www.acgcleveland.org.