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Hamline MBA Students Took Second Place in the ACG Cup Competition

Albert Aflakpi, Leon Tan, Ryan Chapman, Valerie John-Amala

A team of MBA students from the Hamline School of Business came in second in the regional Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Cup competition held at the University of St. Thomas’ Minneapolis campus in February.

The Hamline team consisted of students from Professor Dave Christopherson's Corporate Growth course: Albert Aflakpi, Leon Tan, Ryan Chapman and Valerie John-Amala.

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, investment banking, financial advisory, and private equity.

Hamline students, almost all of whom are working full-time as they pursue their graduate degrees, went head-to-head with full-time MBA students to place second in the regional competition held February 14 against teams from Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and the University of St. Thomas.

Professors Dave Christopherson, Peggy Andrews and John Lochner were all very impressed with the team’s creative approach to the case challenge, depth of analysis, and articulate presentation of their recommendations. The ACG Cup competition is an important experiential-learning component of the Corporate Growth finance elective offered by Hamline’s School of Business. This year it is being taught by alumnus and professor David Christopherson '70.

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