Launched in 2016, the Isenberg Pitch Conference was built on student initiative to build relationships, networks, and expand business acumen in the field of finance. The one-day competition is an exceptional way for teams of students to research and pitch stock. Judges from top firms such as Fidelity, Black Rock, Wellington Management, and Goldman Sachs challenge the students with questions to provide more depth and analysis into their pitches.
The purpose of the competition is to promote student research of the current standings of stocks and present their investments in a way that would make real investors feel that they would be making a sturdy financial decision. The students continue to exceed the expectations of the criteria that the judges used to critique them and all provided strong cases towards their investments. Many perspectives are brought to the table, including teams who present the same stock in two distinctly different lights.
In addition, teams attending the conference will hear a keynote from prominent finance industry leaders who deliver a presentation on stock research and pitching. The students also have an opportunity to network with accredited investors and talent acquisition teams from major Wall Street firms and asset managers and learn from students from varying universities.
Cash prizes are awarded to the top 3 teams. Some schools that have participated include Amherst College, Boston University, Harvard University, the Isenberg School of Management, MIT, Northeastern, the University of Connecticut, and Yale University.