Finance/Real Estate Competitions

NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association Minnesota Chapter University Challenge

Arun Narayanasamy, Assistant Professor

NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, hosts this competition for real estate students each year. Student teams act as development consultants and present their most feasible highest and best-use solutions to a real estate challenge, such as new site development or redevelopment of commercial real estate.  The subject property could involve office, retail, multi-family, hospitality, entertainment, industrial, or a combination of these uses.

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Argus University Challenge

Arun Narayanasamy, Assistant Professor

Teams present a paper with their investment analysis and conclusion for a real estate opportunity crafted as a case presentation competition.  Teams utilize Argus Enterprise software to simulate a real-life investment analysis of a commercial real estate property by modeling the provided assumptions in Argus Enterprise and writing a paper describing the outcome of their analysis.  Teams are composed of from 3 to 5 students, currently enrolled, with a faculty member as advisor.  The competition takes place over about 6 weeks during the spring semester each year.

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Private Business Valuation Challenge sponsored by Georgia State University and Business Valuation Resources

Brett Olsen, Associate Professor of Finance

The Private Business Valuation Challenge competition, sponsored by Georgia State University and Business Valuation Resources, offers a unique opportunity for teams of undergraduate and graduate university student teams to assess the value of public and private firms, taking into consideration such issues as management exit strategies, mergers and acquisitions, and valuation industry best practices.  The competition provides students with invaluable experience in the area of private business valuation and the opportunity to display their skills against the competition from universities across the country.  The competition includes 4-6 weeks of intensive research and analysis, led by a UNI professor with additional consultation with valuation experts.  Teams making the final round of eight travel to Atlanta to present their findings to a panel of valuation experts.

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