The Portland Chapter of Association for Corporate Growth® (ACG) is proud to host ACG Cup® Northwest, a ‘real world’ finance-related competition.  After a very successful inaugural event last year, the 2017-18 season is the second annual competition. The opportunity for Northwest students is significant: there are no entry fees and up to $14,000 will be awarded to the top MBA, Masters of Finance and undergraduate Finance Majors in Oregon and Washington.

The ACG Cup® case-study competition provides graduate and undergraduate finance students an opportunity to solve a real-world issue 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, the students make presentations to a panel of judges comprised of successful corporate executives in the field of finance.  The winning semi-finalists from Oregon and Washington will then go head to head in the Finals Competition.

Congrats to our first year’s winning team members from PSU, shown here receiving their cash prize from the ACG Cup Northwest Committee in March, 2017.


ACG Cup Northwest provides an opportunity to support local universities and our next generation leaders of finance while, at the same time, gaining valuable community exposure. Sponsors, schools, guests and students all benefit; interactions between businesses, students, individual leaders and top university MBA program representatives build brand and impact the community in the best of ways. The ACG Cup® Northwest competition is popular with professionals, sponsors and leading finance programs in the Northwest from Oregon and Washington.  View our Sponsors page and the Universities page to learn about our esteemed sponsors and participating schools.

Program benefits include:

  • Valuable new connections are formed between faculty, students and business leaders
  • Real world experience is gained by taking students out of the classroom and putting them squarely on deck with real world business challenges
  • Students gain new relationships with specific business leaders from leading organizations
  • Brands are shared and program awareness for schools is built across the community
  • Students gain insight into corporate finance through a variety of perspectives
  • Sponsors, guests and students may develop relationships with potential employers, employees, team members and mentors
  • Students apply critical academic skills and classroom knowledge to a highly realistic M&A case study while enhancing and polishing presentation, team-building and networking capabilities
  • Prizes represent meaningful cash awards for students and positive press for schools and sponsors


Over the last decade, the ACG Cup competition emerged in major metro markets throughout North America.  ACG Cup Northwest is modeled after these competitions and designed to incorporate new best practices over time.  The case study that each team receives is the same case nationwide, written annually for the competition by the investment-banking firm Houlihan Lokey in Los Angeles.


The case study is distributed approximately two weeks before the First-round competition. The First-round competitions are held on campus at each school during the early part of the year.  Each team presents their analysis and recommendations to reflect a winning combination of corporate strategy, finance and management skills.

Round Two is the semi-final competition held between schools within each state in Oregon and Washington.

The Finals Competition and Awards Ceremony is anticipated citywide.  Mark your calendars and register early, this event is not to be missed.  Students, guests and sponsors get acquainted as the crowd fills with top business leaders from across the Northwest.

Four college teams present their solutions and compete for the prize money before a packed house. Following the competition, anticipation builds as the party gets started. Local beers and wines are followed by a gourmet meal.  A popular keynote speaker headlines the festivities and finally, before the many student teams, university liaisons, guests, sponsors, volunteers and coaches nearly burst, our wonderful Presenting Sponsor, Umpqua Bank announces our winning team.

Committee volunteers are always welcome. The ACG Cup® Northwest committee is accepting volunteers from the corporate community as mentors and judges.  Please call Steve Babcock at (503) 650-0834 for information.


The UO’s Lundquist College of Business is excited to be part of the ACG Cup® Northwest – a premier opportunity for students to showcase their knowledge in the area of corporate mergers and acquisitions.  These sorts of experiential activities help students apply their classroom knowledge and interact with industry professionals in a very realistic setting.”  —Michele Henney, Program Director of the University of Oregon Finance Securities Analysis Center

We enthusiastically support and look forward to participating in the ACG Cup® Northwest case competition.  For many years, the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business has sent student teams to intercollegiate case competitions at both the undergraduate and graduate level.  We believe events such as the ACG Cup® challenge our students to pull together all the things they have learned in a program to address an intriguing problem with a team of classmates, come up with a creative solution, and experience the thrill of presenting and defending a complete proposal to judges who are industry professionals.” — Dan Poston, Assistant Dean for Master’s Programs at the Foster School of Business, University of Washington

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