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Semi-Finals in Portland and Seattle: February 16th, 2018

Finals Competition and Award Ceremony: March 1st, 2018 at the Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland

ACG Cup NW is off to a terrific start for our second annual competition. We proudly welcome each of our returning universities to the competition this year. With eleven leading business schools from Oregon and Washington participating, the Semi Finals and Finals will be fiercely contested and exciting to watch. Please continue to watch this space for all the latest. Our wonderful sponsors are providing enthusiastic support for the competition and we’ll have more news to share soon.

The ACG Cup NW is a case study competition where graduate and undergraduate students in business or finance solve real world issues in a high pressure setting. Students are challenged to find solutions for a finance-related case in the field of mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, financial advisory and private equity. After the teams analyze the case and agree upon a course of action, students present their solutions to the panel of judges comprised of leading finance executives. Following the Finals, the winning student teams, representing the top finance programs in Oregon and Washington, receive up to $14,000 in cash awards.

ACG CUP Northwest Keynote Speaker: Stephen Babson, Managing Director at Endeavour Capital.

We’re thrilled to have Stephen Babson join us as Keynote Speaker during our ACG Cup NW Finals Celebration. Stephen serves as Managing Director at Endeavour Capital, working with companies in the food and consumer, specialty retail, niche manufacturing / industrials, transportation and logistics, and business services industries. Stephen serves on the boards of ESCO Corporation, Zoom+care, USNR, New Seasons Market, Bristol Farms / Metropolitan Market (“Good Food Holdings”), Vigor Industrial, Genesis Financial Solutions, Johnny Was, Pacific Market International, and OFD Foods.

Before joining Endeavour, Stephen was the Chairman of Stoel Rives LLP, one of the largest law firms in the Pacific Northwest. At Stoel Rives, Stephen’s practice focused on mergers and acquisitions, and securities transactions. Stephen’s relationship with Endeavour, as counsel and as an investor, dates back to its formation in 1991.

In addition to his roles on Endeavour boards, Stephen also serves on the board of Columbia Sportswear Company and Pendleton Woolen Mills, and is a former board member of Roseburg Forest Products. Stephen has a B.A. from Stanford University, a J.D. from Stanford Law School and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Stephen is based in the Seattle office and divides his time between Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington. Stephen and his wife have two sons.


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Hear directly from ACG Cup participants across the country.

"My participation in the Minneapolis ACG Cup competition provided a real world challenge for utilizing the knowledge I had gained through my graduate education along with much greater insights into investment banking. The test cases are created every year based on business scenarios that actual dealmakers encounter and offer a unique business experience. Networking with other students along with business leaders in the community, exercising team building skills, and polishing presentations outweigh any financial award the competition provides. I would highly recommend participation in this unique and beneficial opportunity. I am pleased to now be involved with the committee expanding the ACG Cup opportunity in to the Pacific Northwest."

Olivia Pieschel
Associate at Chartwell Financial Advisory, Inc. and ACG Cup Northwest Committee Member

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