MBA Students Score Case Competition "Hat Trick"

February 23, 2010 Case Competition - VCIC 2010

Georgetown McDonough School of Business Teams Win First Place in Three Separate Case Competitions, Feb. 17-19

Washington, D.C. – Teams of students from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business MBA Full-Time program have earned first place in three separate case competitions over the past week: the ACG Cup, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Venture Capital Investment Competition, and the San Diego State University International Sports MBA Case Competition.

“As a community, we are extremely proud of our students whose hard work and dedication led them each to first-place victories at these three case competitions,” said Jett Pihakis, associate dean of the MBA Full-Time Program at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. “From mergers and acquisitions to venture capital to sports management, students at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business have proven their ability to provide leadership in a variety of business disciplines.”

At the ACG Cup case competition on February 17, Georgetown’s team defeated other regional teams, including American University, Howard University, and the University of Maryland, to earn the top prize and $1,750. This is the first year that Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business entered the competition, which asked the team to provide analysis and advice to a company considering an acquisition offer and defend their decisions to a panel of investment professionals. Team members included second-year MBA students Jessica Garvey, Amit Padhiar, Jason Sain, and Ben Welch, and first-year student Erica Koszalka.

Sponsored by the Association for Corporate Growth, the ACG Cup gives students from leading MBA programs across the country experience and insights into mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, financial advisory, and private equity. The competition is carried out through a series of intra-school and regional competitions, with regional winners awarded the ACG Cup title and cash awards.

On February 19, Georgetown’s Venture Capital Investment Competition team won first place and $1,500 at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Venture Capital Investment Competition, held at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa., defeating teams from Indiana University, the University of Maryland, the University of Rochester, the University of Virginia, and Vanderbilt University. The team will advance to the International VCIC Finals in April at the University of North Carolina. Before participating in the regional competition, the team of second-year MBA students Jorge Bayona, Jonathan Buser, Joshua Knight, and Lucas Loureiro, and first-year student Jay Rosenthal were selected from among 13 teams that competed internally to represent Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business at the event.

The VCIC gives MBA students from top business schools a realistic venture capital experience in a competitive environment. Teams of MBA students are placed in the role of venture capital firms deciding among various investment opportunities from real companies that are seeking venture capital investment. Venture capitalists serve on a judging panel and select the top teams to win a cash prize.

Also February 19, a team of students from the Georgetown Entertainment and Media Alliance were awarded the first place trophy in the San Diego Padres/San Diego State University International Sports MBA Case Competition, defeating teams from Columbia University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, New York University, San Diego State University, the University of California at Los Angeles, the University of Michigan, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Southern California. First-year MBA students Rob Johnson, James Ou, Pierce Reeves, and Hale Simon were asked to analyze the development of new revenue streams for the San Diego Padres after recent ownership changes and efforts to rebuild the sports franchise.

During the San Diego State University International Sports MBA Case Competition, teams of four MBA students are given 24 hours to develop a solution to an international sports-related consulting exercise and then present their research to a panel of sports industry executives, who grade the presentations based on the creativity and efficacy of the proposed solutions. The cases are multidisciplinary, always focused on global sports issues, and require the use of skills developed in core MBA curricula.

About Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is a premier business school located at the center of world politics and business in Washington, D.C. Some 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and 500 participants in executive education programs study business with an intensive focus on leadership and a global perspective. Founded in 1957, the business school today resides in the new Rafik B. Hariri Building, a state-of-the-art facility that blends the tradition of Georgetown University with forward-thinking functionality. For more information about Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, visit