Valuation Challenge 2021
Northern Illinois University's premier organization within the exceptional College of Business, NIU Investment Association, is proud to announce this year's VIRTUAL NIUIA Valuation Challenge. Participating teams of top students in schools potentially worldwide select and investigate the hypothetical merger of two publicly traded firms belonging to an assigned industry. In the Challenge's 1st round, teams submit a written report containing a thorough industry and company analysis which considers both quantitative and qualitative aspects of the deal as well as the ramifications for the companies involved. Teams advancing to the Challenge's second round will submit a pre-recorded presentation and then later will defend their strategy to the live virtual full board of NIUIA judges and members.
February 5, 2021: Teams are notified by email of the selected industry
February 12, 2021: Registration deadline (free! see below)
March 5, 2021: First round written report due
March 15, 2021: Teams advancing to the second round are notified by email
March 26, 2021: Prerecorded second round team presentations due
April 3, 2021: Second round team live Q&A to NIUIA members virtually via Zoom
1st Place: $200/person
2nd Place: $100/person
Learn skills relevant to all professions and educational tracks
Develop teamwork, leadership and communication skills
Learn about risk, diversification, company analysis, industry analysis and investing
Develop and apply critical thinking and reading skills throughout the competition
Enhance your college and scholarship applications by building your résumé
The first step is for all teachers/advisors and students involved in the competition to register here below. Registration is free.
NIUIA officers are willing to schedule a school visit to explain this opportunity if desired.
Submit information release waiver for all the participants signed by parents or legal guardians to Dr. Gina Nicolosi at email@example.com within 3 days of submitting an application
Questions or comments? Please reach out to our NIU Investment Association President at firstname.lastname@example.org or our Faculty Advisor and Finance Department Chair, Dr. Gina Nicolosi, at email@example.com.
Thank you and we look forward to having you on campus this Spring! Get excited and best of luck.