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Competitors watch the final presentations at the 2017 Stock Pitch Challenge
Competitors watch the final presentations at the 2017 Stock Pitch Challenge

Terry’s Student Managed Investment Fund hosted its third annual Stock Pitch Challenge on Jan. 27, bringing 12 collegiate teams from across the Southeast to Correll Hall to compete for prizes totaling $8,500 and a grand prize of $5,000.

Each team presented reasons to buy an undervalued stock to a panel of portfolio managers and senior executives. The competition drew teams from top business schools, including UVA, UNC, Emory, Alabama, Kentucky and more. Winning the event was a team from the University of Florida Warrington College of Business, who pitched the stock of airline JetBlue.

“We try to get a lot of schools to one location and bring people from the investment community together to participate in the competition,” said SMIF portfolio manager Eli Yarborough, who helped organize this year’s student-run Stock Pitch Challenge. “We wanted students to showcase their talents and abilities in the areas of equity research and fundamental analysis, and to pitch stocks and get industry pros to evaluate them and give feedback on their work.” 

The Student Managed Investment Fund is an elective course offered by the Terry College in which students manage a long-only value fund by investing in U.S. equities. The class is responsible for managing more than $1 million in capital for the University of Georgia Foundation.