The Portland Chapter of Association for Corporate Growth® (ACG) is proud to host ACG Cup® Northwest, a ‘real world’ finance-related competition.

The ACG Cup® case-study competition provides MBA, graduate and undergraduate finance majors 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.

Team organization for the 2020 event will begin in the Fall of 2019. In early January, Part 1 of the case will be distributed to the competing teams so that students may begin preparing. ACG Cup Northwest liaisons will assist the schools and the teams in the process. If there are multiple teams within a school, an intra-school competition will take place as only one team is allowed per school to advance to the semi-finals. Teams advancing to the semi-finals will be given Part 2 of the case in early February.

The 2020 competition to be held March 6th will be similar to 2019, in that there will be two tracks the morning of the competition… one track for Oregon Schools and one track for Washington schools. During the luncheon, the two best teams from each track will be announced and they will move on to the finals that afternoon. An award ceremony for the winning teams will follow the finals. There are no entry fees and up to $14,000 will be awarded to the top four teams by Umpqua Bank.


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.


We are pleased to announce that the University of Washington (UW) went home with the 2019 ACG Cup Northwest trophy earned in the annual finance case competition on Friday, February 22 at the Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland. The team consisted of Daniel Charbonneau (GE Aviation), Joel Graves (Washington Roundtable) and Marie Kiekhaefer (Sporcle) who are pictured below with Finals Judge Stephen Babson from Endeavour.

Second place went to Portland State University, the first place winner in 2017. Team members consisted of Bradley Goodenough, Zachary Olson and Dragon Tran. Third place was shared by two teams, the University of Oregon (UO) and Gonzaga University. The UO team members were Kaveh Anderson, Hank Manilla and Forrest Walker while the Gonzaga team was made up of Reid Elliott, Michael McAtee, Reed Ocheltree and Bryce Rieckers. Other teams partici­pating in the competition included Oregon State University, Washington State University and Seattle University.

ACGCupNW 2019 Winners


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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