The ACG Cup is a case study competition designed to give students from leading MBA programs across the country real-world experience and invaluable insights into mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, financial advisory and private equity. Each case study provides students with a unique opportunity to present valuation, capital markets and M&A strategic advice to a panel of seasoned M&A professionals from within the ACG community. The competition is carried out through a series of intra-school and regional competitions, with regional winners awarded the prestigious ACG Cup title and cash awards.
This year’s participating schools included the Tippie College of Business from the University of Iowa, The Carlson School from the University of Minnesota and the Opus College of Business at University of St. Thomas.
- This past week the St. Thomas team of Kyle Jorgenson, Ted Long, Gurkan Peksoz, Bhakti Raicha, and Brett Wong brought home the second place award making this the third year in a row that UST has placed in the competition.
This was the first year that I had the opportunity to attend this event and I was pleasantly surprised at what I experienced.
On Sunday, July 17 the House of Talents hosted an open house for owner Kate Herzog’s many well wishers to help get her venture off the ground. Among those attending were UST professors, Dean Chris Puto and Assistant Dean Bill Woodson, as well as many of Kate’s classmates.
Many Full-time UST MBA students list owning their own business as a goal when they begin the program. Many more take entrepreneurship classes; after all, they are valuable whether you go to work for a start up, or a Fortune 500 corporation. Of those students, most plan to work a few years before taking the plunge into new venture ownership. Class of 2009 alumna Kate Herzog is one of the very few who opened a business right after earning her degree.
Her company is House of Talents, whose mission is to “alleviate poverty by connecting artisans from developing countries with consumer markets worldwide.” Kate and her House of Talents have just taken a giant step forward