For the second straight year, a student team from the David Eccles School of Business earned its way into the finals of the National Investment Banking Competition in Vancouver, Canada, besting hundreds of competing teams from around the world in the qualifying rounds to land a spot in the January case competition showdown.

A total of 250 teams vied in the qualifying round, and the top 24 Undergraduate and 16 MBA teams were chosen to continue to Canada. The U’s Undergrad team of Taylor Nielson, Kaitlyn Sanders, Benton Sturt and Bryce Whiting was one of only three teams from the United States to make the Underground section—alongside Notre Dame and Florida International University—where they faced off against teams stretching across Canada, as well as Singapore and Hong Kong.

“The National Investment Banking Competition gives students real investment banking problems to solve,” said Dr. Elizabeth Tashjian, director of the undergraduate Finance department. “NIBC gives our students the opportunity to meet, learn from and network with students from some of the top universities in the world. And the conference has judges and sponsors from industry who provide valuable feedback and create further professional networking opportunities. The pressure from the competition encourages our students to push themselves, and they learn that they can compete successfully with studen