Earlier this semester, 30 students from across the University of Utah participated in “Challenge: PwC’s Case Competition,” a fun test of finance skills in a fast-paced, hands-on simulation.
Split into teams of five, students were tasked to offer recommendations and insights to the fictional country’s best business minds — a rapidly growing convenience store located in the Midwest. They were specifically looking for ways to cut costs and finance the company’s expansion.
For 11 days, the “solUtions” team worked hard to prepare for their presentation. Despite busy schedules and many late nights for the students — including a father of a 2-week-old newborn, full-time employed students and midterm exams — the students managed to meet together to brainstorm, research and crunch numbers.
After close to 50 hours of intense research and preparation, they delivered a 10-minute presentation to the judges, followed by 10 minutes of additional questioning. Two weeks of intense preparation paid off with a first place recognition and a $250 scholarship for each of the winners.
Pictured (left to right):Daniel von Wallwitz, Dillon Richens, Garrett Richens, Dakshata Pradhan, Nate Johansen