Prepping, Powder and Podiums: It’s Case Season at Daniels

March 11, 2015

If you see students wandering the halls in business attire mumbling to themselves, it can mean only one thing: It’s case competition season at Daniels. This spring several teams of graduates and undergraduates will put their education to the test in real time while competing against students from Daniels and around the country. In addition, students continue to prep for competitions just around the corner. Here are the results from our most recent competitions:

National Race & Case Competition

February 27-28, 2015

The Daniels team on "case" day.

The Daniels team on “case” day.

Each year, the Daniels College of Business invites top graduate business students to compete in our signature case competition—where we conduct the ultimate test of both mental and physical skill. This year teams from around the country competed on the NASTAR course in Breckenridge for the “race” portion. The case challenged the students to articulate a clear path to an attractive ROI under the most ethical course of business.

For the third year in a row, the University of Utah team took home bragging rights and $1,500 in prize money. The Daniels team of Kaz Nakamura, MBA, Jacob Steinbaugh, MBA, Lucas Shoenbeck, MBA, Amy Geisert, MS Marketing and Paige Mullen, MAcc, lost by one point in the overall competition. Congratulations to all the teams for their thoughtful presentations and skillful ski racing during the 2015 Race & Case competition.

Complete Results:


University of Utah team at the NASTAR race.

  • First Place: University of Utah
  • Second Place: University of Denver
  • Third Place: Rice University

Thanks to all the teams who joined us this year:

  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of South Carolina
  • Colorado State University
  • University of Colorado – Colorado Springs

CU, CSU, Utah and DU are members of the Daniels Ethics Initiative.

Elevator Pitch Competition

February 20, 2015


Thank you Race & Case sponsors!

This competition is open to all DU undergraduate and graduate students who are convinced they have the next big idea for a business or social venture. There were two event tracks: undergraduate and graduate, as well as a special social entrepreneurship award for the pitch presenting the best triple bottom line business idea. The prize money was made possible from a donation by the Trueblood Foundation. The overall winner will have an opportunity to pitch an at the Angel Capital Summit in March, where he or she will also have the chance to hook an angel investor.

The Elevator Pitch is a bare bones presentation with no visual aids that is designed to pique the interest of potential investors in a short period of time. Presenters are given four minutes in the first round to pitch their business to a panel of judges. Prior to the competition, the committee and judges will review the one-page executive summary of the idea being pitched.

Undergraduate Winners

First Place, $1000 Award
Henrik Jerdingen

Pitched a program that would manage all of your syllabi at once. Students would forward each syllabus, and the company would create a calendar which shows all due dates in students’ various classes. The calendar would designate a different color for each class to be delivered in both physical (a wall calendar) and in digital form.

Second Place, $500 Award
BoxedGains: Assael Ramirez and J. Ivan Hernandez

Provides high quality meal preps for athletes, and exercise enthusiasts seeking GAINS.

Graduate Winners

First Place, $1000 Award
Power Band: Robert Feldberg and Eric Green

An innovative technology company that will change the way people think about portable charging devices. A Powerband is a bracelet that can recharge cell phones on the go.

Second Place, $500 Award
Shipalo: John Fowler, Jared Moore, Steve Vanderpol and Curtis Burch 

Shipalo is a crowd sourced, low cost, environmentally friendly, regional shipping service that offsets transportation costs for drivers making regional commutes/trips. For example, DU students driving home for spring break will have the opportunity to make extra money by picking up items from the Denver area and delivering them to another location in or near their hometown.

Social Entrepreneurship Award, $500
Brothers Slimm Produce: Jacob and Graham Ward

Brothers Slimm Produce is an aquaponics farm located in Denver, Colorado. It sells organic kale and spinach to grocers and restaurants within its 100-mile radius. Brothers Slimm is committed, through its business model and its auxiliary projects, to addressing environmental degradation and holistic sustainability.

The ACG Cup: The Premier MBA Competition

March 5, 2015

A team of Daniels MBA students participated and tied for second place in the 2015 ACG Cup. Daniels MBA students Tim Bush, Alvaro Day and Linsen Sun took home $1,000 in prize money for their hard work at this premier MBA competition.

The ACG Cup is a case study competition designed to give students from leading MBA programs across the country real world experience and invaluable insights into mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, financial advisory and private equity. Each case study provides students with a rare opportunity to present valuation, capital markets and M&A strategic advice to a panel of seasoned M&A professionals from within the ACG community. This year’s competition included teams from the University of Denver, University of Colorado-Boulder and Regis University.

The Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) is the global community for middle market M&A deal makers and business leaders focused on driving growth. ACG members have access to data, content and networking opportunities to find the opportunities, capital and knowledge they need to drive and sustain corporate growth. Founded in 1954, ACG has grown to more than 12,000 members organized in 54 chapters throughout North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, please visit

Upcoming Competitions

  • Rocky Mountain Cable Association “Cable Apprentice,” March 27
  • Daniels Inclusive Excellence Case Competition, April 10
  • Chipotle Ideation Challenge, April 10
  • Daniels Analytics Challenge, April 23 and 24