Columbia Business School won the second annual Darden @ Virginia Investing Challenge (DVIC), held during the sixth annual University of Virginia Investing Conference
(UVIC). The challenge, hosted by the Darden Capital Management student club, included MBAs from 15
top business schools.
“Investment challenges, such as
DVIC, are critical for MBA students focused on careers in investment
management,” said Second Year MBA student Jack Bryant, co-president and COO of
Darden Capital Management. “These challenges provide a platform for learning,
idea sharing and networking.”
For this year’s challenge,
participants were asked to consider the uncertain macroeconomic environment
while picking an energy or tech stock that they believed would perform well for an investor.
The winners, Brian Waterhouse,
Matthew Bracewell and Patrick Fischername, impressed the judges with their
investment thesis, unique approach to research, and abilities to field
difficult questions. They received a
$3,000 cash prize.
Bryant also believes that challenges
such as DVIC help MBAs in job searches.
“These challenges provide the
opportunity to hone the analytical and presentation skills that are so critical
during the interview process,” Bryant said. “Students understand that competing
in a top-tier stock pitch competition is a necessary resume stamp that top
investment management firms want to see, and respect.”
in this year’s challenge hailed from the following schools:
- Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper)
- Columbia Business School
- Cornell University (Johnson)
- Duke University (Fuqua)
- Emory University (Goizueta)
- New York University (Stern)
- Northwestern University (Kellogg)
- University of California, Los
- University of Chicago (Booth)
- University of North Carolina
- University of Notre Dame (Mendoza)
- University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)
- University of Virginia (Darden)
- Vanderbilt University (Owen)
- Yale School of Management
In addition to
participating in the challenge, the visiting students were able to take in the
investment forecasts of top experts in the investment-banking field at the
sold-out University of Virginia Investing Conference.
Bryant was thrilled
that the Darden community could host such stellar groups of students.
“The quality of the
teams and pitches were very impressive, and all participants were excited for
the opportunity to engage in both DVIC and UVIC,” Bryant said. “We truly
believe that the Darden competition offers MBA students interested in
investment management a differentiated and compelling opportunity to compete
against the best graduate teams, network with leading investment professionals,
and benefit from the phenomenal speakers UVIC brings to Grounds.”
About the Darden
School of Business
of Virginia Darden School of Business is one of the world’s leading business
schools, offering MBA, Ph.D. and Executive Education programs. The unique
Darden experience combines the case study method, top-ranked faculty whose
research advances global managerial practice and business education, and a
tight-knit learning environment to develop responsible and complete leaders who
are ready to make an impact.
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