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Hamline MBA Students Compete in ACG Cup


Hamline MBA students recently advanced to the regional division of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Cup. Hamline students, many of whom are working full-time as they pursue their graduate degree, went head-to-head with full-time MBA students to place third in the regional competition, beating out the team from Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

The ACG Cup is a case study competition designed to give students from leading MBA programs across the country real-world experience and valuable insights into mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, financial advisory, and private equity. The Hamline team consisted of students from Professor Dave Christopherson's finance theory and applications course: Jacob Waldvogel, Matt Schoen, Wilma Afranie, Aleksey Ozerkov, and Christina Parson.

“We had a great experience and it has truly been one of the most valuable things I have done in the MBA program thus far,” Hamline MBA student Jacob Waldvogel said. “It was certainly a lot of work and very challenging at times but also very rewarding.”

To advance to the regional competition, student teams were given a case to work on and then required to present their findings and engage in a lengthy Q&A and feedback discussion with a panel of seasoned mergers and acquisitions professionals. Teams that advanced on the recommendation of the panel were given a new scenario to work on at midnight that same day and had one week to update their presentation and recommendations with new information. You can find out more about the ACG Cup on its website.