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K-State Today

February 9, 2018

K-State Stock Pitch Competition offers $10,000 in cash awards for student teams

Submitted by Brent Fritzemeier

The finance department invites Kansas State University students to put their stock analysis skills to the test with $10,000 in prize money on the line in the new K-State Stock Pitch Competition.

The competition, sponsored by Gates Capital Management, is open to all K-State students from any major or college. To compete, teams consisting of two to four students will research their best stock investment idea. The analysis will need to consider both the qualitative — competitive advantage, management, corporate governance, etc. — and quantitative — valuation, ratio analysis, etc. — aspects of the company. Based on the written reports, the top five teams will be selected to present their plans to a panel of judges comprised of investment professionals.

"This competition is a great opportunity for students to develop both their analytical and presentation skills," said Ansley Chua, finance department head. "The real-world experience of pitching a stock in front of the type of investment professionals we have on our panel is invaluable."

Teams are required to register by completing the form at cba.k-state.edu/stockpitch by Friday, Feb. 16. Then, each group's written analysis must be submitted to the finance department, 2097 College of Business Building, by 5 p.m. March 9. Finalists will be announced on March 16, and will pitch their ideas to the judge's panel in the Business Building Lecture Hall on March 30.

The first-place team will receive $5,000, with $3,000 being awarded to second place and $2,000 going to the third-place team. A $500 award for the best nonbusiness major team in the contest also will be awarded.

For more information and full competition guidelines, visit cba.k-state.edu/stockpitch.