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Case Competition is in Full Swing

This winter and spring, students at the Daniels College of Business participated in several exciting case competitions. The competitions offer students the chance to apply what they learn in the classroom to real-world business scenarios. They have the opportunity to network with industry professionals, build teamwork and collaboration skills, and much more.

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Here are the results of this year’s competitions. Congratulations to all Daniels students who participated.

Race & Case

Race & Case is Daniels business ethics case competition and ski challenge rolled into one. At the 11th annual competition February 28-March 1, teams from colleges around the country competed at DU and the Beaver Creek Resort. The Daniels team placed third at the competition, with Colorado State University taking second and the University of Utah taking first. Daniels graduate students include Josh Cort, Joseph DeLia, Wenji Fu, Kelsey Garrett, Ann-Britt Hakansson and Kristen Qi participated. Hakansson won fastest female skier.

Denver Association for Corporate Growth Cup Competition
Winning Team: Daniels

In the ACG Denver chapter’s 5th annual ACG Cup Competition on March 15, graduate students Evin Boyle, Mane Poghosyan and Sherin Paul took first place, taking home an $8,000 prize and beating out teams from Regis University and the University of Colorado. Daniels also took home the ACG Cup in 2011 and 2010. The students will be honored at the ACG awards ceremony in May.

Aspen Institute Business and Society International MBA Case Competition

Now in its 5th year, the Aspen Institute competition invites students from 25 business programs worldwide to reflect on the influence and potential for good that business can have on society. The winners of the internal Daniels competition advanced to the first round of the international competition March 14-17. Those students are Keshsa Vasant, Paige Clarke and James Richards.

CFA Society of Colorado Investment Research Challenge

A team of Daniels graduate students took first place at the 2014 Local Investment Research Challenge for Colorado (in January) and at the quarterfinals (in February). Daniels competed against Metropolitan State University of Denver, the University of Colorado at Denver, the University of Northern Colorado and Colorado State University. Participating students (both graduate and undergraduate) include Phillip Cantrell, Shiyan Chen, Stephanie Curtis, David Merz and Derek White. The academic adviser is Jean-Philippe Tremblay and the industry mentor is Van Wombwell.

Entrepreneurs in Action Elevator Pitch Competition

Entrepreneurs in Action is a student organization that promotes entrepreneurship through alumni engagement, community involvement and hands-on learning opportunities. On February 14, Daniels students presented business plan ideas to a panel of potential investors via two-minute presentations. The winners of the Pitch Competition are Nick Rizzi, Ella Kerr and Bruce William Evans, who took home $1,000, $500 and $500, respectively. The students advanced to present at the Angel Capital Summit March 18-19, an annual conference that connects investors with entrepreneurial companies seeking funding.

Case for Colorado

Case for Colorado showcases the top-performing students from Colorado’s leading universities. The competition encourages teams of select, high-achieving students to compete against their peers by developing creative solutions to some of Colorado’s most prevalent issues.

This year, RAS & Associates and the Western Energy Alliance provided a case for teams from CU, CSU and Daniels to examine and discuss the Energy issues currently affecting the state of Colorado. Daniels selected five top undergraduate students to participate in the day-long event. Team members include Manoj Bandreddi, Adam Crawford, Andrea Gerdes, Matthew Iritiani and Andrew McClaskey.

The Daniels team performed well under pressure and received kudos from the attendees. While the CSU team won the competition and the $25,000 prize, Daniels students had an outstanding experience and brought home a $2,000 donation to the College.

Inclusive Excellence Case Competition

Daniels held its fifth annual Inclusive Excellence Business Case Competition on April 11, 2014. This event features a diverse group of students and select companies committed to inclusive excellence. The competition has three main goals: to engage in thought leadership and development between business and education, to recognize corporate partners who are innovators in the area of inclusion and to raise funds for inclusive excellence scholarships and activities. The winning team, Solution Revolution (representing Ethiopia, Mexico, China and the United States), was awarded a $6,000 Scholarship. Team Members include Emily Joy, Mengjiao Li, Crystal Murillo, Addis Sisay and Nicholas Sutcliffe. The second and third place teams received $4,000 and $2,000 scholarships respectively.

Interactive Launch Competition

Winning Team: Daniels

Daniels MBA students Bill Laird, Vanessa Jones, Jack Wu won the 2014 Interactive Launch Competition in Los Angeles, and a $2,000 prize. Assisted by mentors from cable’s top technology companies, MBA students competed to create innovative strategies for recently launched video services and broadband apps during Interactive TV Works’ 2014 Interactive Launch Competition on April 28. Participating teams included:

  • Daniels College of Business at University of Denver
  • UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business
  • UCLA Anderson School of Management
  • USC Marshall School of Business

The Interactive Launch Competition kicked off the The Cable Show 2014, sponsored by the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA).