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Hamline MBA Students Win ACG Cup

Students in the Hamline MBA gain experience in dynamic teams to become innovative leaders. With these values practiced through a cohort model and Belbin training, students are prepared to take the lead in business. In only the second year of competition, a team of Hamline MBA students showed off their applied skills as the winners of the prestigious Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Cup.

In regional competition held February 8 at the University of Minnesota, a team of Hamline students competed against MBA teams from the Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa, the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas, and the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

The ACG Cup is a financial-analysis, case-study competition designed to give students from leading MBA programs across the country real-world experience and valuable insights into mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and leveraged buy-outs (LBOs) from the perspectives of investment-banking, financial-advisory, and private-equity firms. The Hamline team consisted of MBA students Leontré Campbell, Ryn Melberg, Lin Ma, and Kristopher Follmer. As winners of this year’s competition, these Hamline students will share a $4,000 scholarship prize, awarded by ACG Minnesota.

To advance to the regional competition, student teams were given only one week to analyze a complex case and prepare their recommendations. They engaged in a lengthy Q&A discussion with a panel of seasoned M&A and LBO professionals. Teams that advanced from each university on the recommendation of the panel were given a new case to analyze the next day. In only six more days they competed at the regional finals.

The ACG Cup competition is an important experiential-learning component of a finance elective offered by Hamline’s School of Business called Corporate Growth. The course is being taught this year by alumnus and professor David Christopherson '70.