Simon students finish strong in fall case competitions

Simon students scored top honors at four case competitions this fall quarter!

In early October, 2nd year MBA students, Scott Sweeney and Eric Allen took first place in a national entrepreneurship contest at Babson College for the "What’s Your Big Idea" contest.  Their winning idea will create a national chain of private education centers specializing in early-intervention autism treatment, called the Hope Learning Center Network.  With their award, Eric and Scott plan to increase efforts to obtain venture funding and staffing.  They defeated finalists from Stanford and Kellogg. 

Also in early October, Marcin Krowlikowski, Justin Pugh, and Chris Czarnecki placed third at University of Maryland’s inaugural Mergers & Acquisitions Competition.  Teams of MBA students created and delivered M&A pitches to a panel of executives from Wall Street, including Credit Suisse and Lehman Brothers.  Teams were tasked with creating a persuasive argument to a hypothetical case, while under deadline and using real-time financial data. 

Then, in late October, the Simon team of Jean-Pierre Cuendet, Nathan Cook and Akihiro Watanabe were invited to the final phase of the Thunderbird Sustainable Innovation Summit and Challenge in Glendale, AZ.  This placed them among the top 10 teams after the second phase of the competition.

Finally, in mid November, a team of six current Simon students, including Hunter Hawkins, Hans Tan, Vijay Bal, Jordan Bate, Kamesh Moola, and Prashant Jain placed 2nd in the Purdue (Krannert) B2B Marketing & Strategy Case Competition.  Simon was specifically noted for their very creative, bold, and well-supported recommendations! 

Congratulations to all these students on representing Simon well in the past quarter!   

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