Student teams will have two weeks to complete their analysis as well as develop their presentations. Team members will receive a link via email to an online database that allows access to the case and supporting case materials. The MBA case will be provided by ACG Global and created by finance industry experts.
Round 1 will be held on Friday, February 2, 2018, at UW-Madison, and Saturday, April 7, 2018, at UWM and Marquette. The winner from each round will move on to the Final Round to compete for the top prize on April 19, 2018.
The Round 1 objective is to provide students with an opportunity to present their analysis of the case and recommendations to the panel of judges with real-world business experience. Teams will compete against their own schools.
Following the competition, the judges will provide overall feedback and advice, as well as announce the highest scoring teams. These teams will move on to the Final Round.
The Final Round competition will be held on April 19, 2018. A new panel of judges will be convened to judge the Final Round competition; no judges will evaluate the same team twice.
During the Final Round, each team will present on the same case from the First Round. The team can make tweaks to their presentation based on the judges’ feedback. Each team in the Final Round will again be allowed 20 minutes to present their recommendations to the judges. Students should anticipate the possibility of interruptions and questions from the judges during their timed presentation. After the last presentation, the judges will convene for an allocated amount of time to determine the winning team and rank the other finalists.
Winners of the Final Round will be announced at the end of the competition.
A total of $8,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to competing teams that make it to the Final Round.
Networking and career opportunities with ACG members and local and regional business leaders.
Gain valuable real-life skills in mergers and acquisitions. This experience, exposure and training in M&A is not found anywhere else!
The case study materials for the ACG Cup competition will be made available to student competitors through access to Merrill‘s DataSite. Because of Merrill’s role, you will have the opportunity to become Merrill Datasite certified. Being DataSite certified will let M&A Dealmakers know you are experienced managing the deal process with a leading dataroom provider. Merrill will use the email you provide them for access to the dataroom and follow up in the months following the competition regarding the certification process.
Becoming DataSite certified will help you have instant credibility with the M&A network you’ll be working with in the near future.
DataSite Certification also includes these benefits: