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Friday, September 9, 2011

Columbia Business School Pershing Square Challenge

Pershing Square hosts an annual stock picking presentation challenge and Columbia Business School. Here is the brief description:

The Pershing Square Challenge marks the culmination of a three-month competition among roughly forty teams of first- and second-year Columbia Business School Students.

Bill Ackman, founder and CEO of Pershing Square Capital Management LP, launched the challenge in 2008. The challenge is open to students who are enrolled in Applied Security Analysis class at Columbia Business School.

After an initial round of eliminations, five final teams present a stock pitch at the Pershing Square event. A panel of judges then selects one winning team, which receives $100,000 from Pershing Square. The winning team donates $50,000 of the prize to an area within the Columbia Business School, and can choose to do whatever they collectively decide with the remaining $50,000.

There were five finalists this year and they presented: Marsh & McLennan (MMC), AĆ©ropostale (ARO), Lender Processing Services (LPS), Quest Diagnostics (DGX), and Motorola Solutions (MSI). The Motorola Solutions crew won this year's prize.

The students do a good job of presenting actionable investmetn ideas. Below please find a video recording of their presentations:

Part 1:
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Part 2:
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