With five first-place finishes in the past two months, 2021 is shaping up to be one of the most successful years in recent history for Daniels students participating in case competitions.
For the first time in nearly a decade, Daniels won the 18th annual International Race and Case Competition Feb. 24–26. Denver MBA students Darby Steinberger, Davis Kali, Jacob Kranitz and Patrick Gillespie took home first place—and a cash prize of $6,000—at the virtual event this year, competing against teams from Auburn University, University of Florida, Georgia Institute of Technology, Pennsylvania State University, Simon Fraser University (Canada), University of South Carolina, University of Alabama and University of South Florida. Teams were asked to develop a communications strategy for Newmont, the competition’s sponsor, that showed the benefits of a potential extension of the company’s Yanacocha mine located in Cajamarca, Peru. Read more.
Competing against more than 80 teams, Daniels won first and second place at the 2021 Net Impact Case Competition, the premier sustainability-focused case competition hosted by the University of Colorado Boulder. This year’s competition challenged students to create a path to economic recovery for a country in the midst of a global pandemic. Students were asked to formulate a vaccine distribution plan that created an equitable social and economic impact within a nation’s diverse communities. Daniels students Micah Feigelson, Emily Haller, Chris Kenny and Hasib Nasirullah took home first place and $10,000, while Brian Bickley, Doni Clemmons, Lexi Warden and Michael Wray won second place and $5,000.
On March 5 at the 15th annual Media+Tech Innovation Challenge (previously known as the Cable Apprentice Competition), Daniels students Megan Banks, Alisa Sautter and Emily Winn beat out teams from the University of Colorado Denver and the University of Colorado Colorado Springs to win first place and $4,500. The Media+Tech Innovation Challenge brings teams of college students together to pitch potential solutions that build off Comcast’s broadband and video businesses. The winning Daniels team recommended Xfinity Flex Reconnect, a product that integrates streaming services alongside a video playlist and a friends feed for TV co-watching.
For the fifth year in a row, Daniels won the CFA Research Challenge-Colorado Competition Feb. 23. The CFA Institute Research Challenge is a global competition that tests the equity research and valuation, investment report writing and presentation skills of university students. This annual educational initiative promotes best practices in equity research among the next generation of analysts through hands-on mentoring and intensive training in company analysis and presentation skills. The winning team—Samantha Goetz, Mason Martin, Melat Assefa, Andres Pulido and Bobby Van Dusen—is already hard at work preparing for the next round of the competition on April 21.
Undergraduate students from Daniels’ Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management won first place at the annual National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Student Competition Feb. 8–10. Twenty-nine schools participated in this year’s NAHB student competition, which gives undergraduate students the opportunity to apply skills learned in the classroom to a real construction company by completing a management project and proposal. The winning Daniels team included Drew Shine, Nicholas Fiore, Nicandria Cabajal, Charls Manne and Desiree Eliasen (pictured).
Daniels students from the Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management placed third out of 11 schools at the 2021 Associated Schools of Construction Integrated Project Delivery Competition Feb. 3–6. The team included Anne Brummett, Matt Capitelli, EJ Gibson, Trip Heaverly, Ryan Lack and Trevor Tierney. Daniels undergraduate students also competed in the Associated Schools of Construction competition for project management. The team included Isabel Aschbacher, Blake Deilke, Bennett Elsman, Duncan Fuller, William Puzak and Jackson Wegmiller. Team coach and Assistant Teaching Professor Daniel Trujillo said, “I’m so proud of the analysis and teamwork this group executed. They confronted a complex problem in 24 hours that most industry members would have months to analyze and execute. Their solution and presentation was well thought out and professional. I was most impressed with how they operated as a team.”