The Ross Investment Competition was a two-day event, featuring 11 top MBA programs from both the U.S and Europe. The participants included:
- Chicago Booth School of Business
- Columbia Business School
- Duke - The Fuqua School of Business
- Kellogg School of Management
- London Business School
- NYU Stern School of Business
- Richard Ivey School of Business
- Stephen M. Ross School of Business
- SC Johnson Graduate School of Management
- Tepper School of Business - Carnegie Mellon University
- UCLA Anderson School of Management
The competition consisted of two rounds where the teams presented in front of a panel of 8 judges (buy-side analysts, sell-side analysts, and portfolio managers). Prior to the event, the judges put together a list of 25 investment options and distributed the list to all registered participants. Each team had to select one investment option and put together a presentation to either buy or sell the security. In addition, each team had to develop a second presentation to recommend either a buy, hold, or sell rating for Ford Motor Co., in case the team was selected for the final round. For both rounds, each team was allotted 15 minutes for the presentation and 30 minutes for Q&A.
For the first round, we pitched Tractor Supply Co. (TSCO, buy rating, PT $112). We presented very well and made it to the final round. Three other teams made it with us: Michigan’s Ross School of Business, Cornell’s Johnson School of Graduate Management, and Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business. For the final round, we all pitched Ford Motor Co. We placed second by recommending a hold rating and PT of $12. For the second place finish, we were given a SumZero Elite membership ($1,500 value). Ross, surprisingly enough, won the competition and was awarded a $5,000 grand prize.