13th Annual National Energy Finance Challenge
Thursday & Friday, October 19th – 20th, 2017
The AT&T Conference Center (2247 Guadalupe St., Austin, TX 78713)
This competition challenges teams from the country’s top MBA programs to address real-world finance issues relevant to today’s dynamic energy industry. Contestants will present their solutions to panels of senior executives representing multiple facets of the energy finance landscape.
The purpose of the event is to match executives and recruiters with the top energy focused MBA candidates from around the country and to provide a unique learning experience for the students involved. We expect to host 16 teams, consisting of four or five students (minimum of three first-year students) and one faculty advisor, from a range of top US business schools.
Preliminary Schedule (subject to change):
Thursday, October 12
The business case challenge is distributed via e-mail at 4 pm (CDT)
Sunday, October 15
Case solution and presentation turned in by 9 pm (CDT)
Thursday, October 19
Teams and judges travel to Austin
Networking reception and dinner at Stadium (Centennial Room) at 6 pm
Friday, October 20
Breakfast for teams and judges, followed by preliminary rounds
Lunch: Provided for teams and judges; finalists announced
Afternoon: Finalists compete for cash awards: 1st Prize — $10,000, 2nd Prize — $5,000, 3rd Prize — $3,000
Early evening: Winners announced followed by networking reception
Primary Student Contacts:
Karl Novick (Event Organizer)
Thomas Ahn (Event Organizer)
Previous year’s sponsors have included:
Burnt Orange Sponsors
Each semester we plan trips (or “treks”) to visit companies in the industry, particularly potential employers. Houston, being a short drive from Austin, is a mainstay on the trek schedule. The objective of these trips are twofold:
1) to expose firms in the industry to the talent in the McCombs MBA program and
2) to educate our members.
Periodically, we will host or co-host events featuring guest speakers from the industry. These create educational as well as networking opportunities.
The knowledge and experience represented within our membership are an extremely valuable asset to our group. To facilitate inter-member networking, we frequently host happy hours.
UT Energy Forum
Once a year, UT puts a spotlight on its assets when it comes to energy. This student-led event will bring together leading University researchers and professors, industry leaders, policymakers, entrepreneurs and students to explore today’s most pressing energy challenges.