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Price Student Teams Win Big at Business Plan Competitions

Business Plan Competition

During the spring semester, Price students participated in two competitions that tested the team members’ business knowledge and skills. The first took place on Feb. 8 at the Wells Fargo Case Competition, held at the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. Four Price MBA students competed against seven other graduate student teams to earn top honors. Another was on Feb. 16 at the Texas Investment Portfolio Symposium, hosted by the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University. The Price College undergraduate four-person team also came in first among 38 competing teams.

Business Plan Competition

In the Wells Fargo Case Competition, which included teams from other schools such as SMU, Texas Christian University and Washington University in St. Louis, team members were assigned a real-world financing situation that was once presented to Wells Fargo bankers. The students then addressed this issue with the judges, composed of a team of Wells Fargo experts. The teams were judged on written analysis, oral presentation, quality of recommendations and a question-and-answer session.

Price College’s other big win took place at the Texas Investment Portfolio Symposium. Presentations consisted of a description of the team’s investment philosophy, decision-making process, investment style and a review of the long-term investment results – all while convincing the judging panel of practicing investment professionals as to why the team should be hired to manage this hypothetical account. The four Price College undergraduate students placed first based on the judges’ perceptions about the team’s likelihood to produce the best investment results over time. “It is the first time we participated in the competition and we are thrilled to win it,” says Vahap Uysal, faculty advisor. “Notably, SMU and Rice exclusively have MBA students on their teams while our team consists of undergraduates. This is a testimony to the excellence of our students.” Some of the other teams competing included students from Rice, SMU, Tulane, the University of Texas, Texas Christian University and Texas A&M.

Congratulations to the winning Price College students for the Wells Fargo Case Competition, including Hailey Sedwick, Garrett Stevenson, Brett Sinclair and Josh Woodbridge, as well as for the Texas Investment Portfolio Symposium – Ben Fierros, Hunter Kaestner, Ai Lin and Michael McClanahan.

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