Pershing Square Challenge 2014

First place winners Oystein Kvaerner ’15, Matt Ford ’15, and Brian Waterhouse ’15 take questions from the judges at the Pershing Square Challenge on April 23, 2014. H/T anre more info from Linette Lopez

Pershing Square Challenge

The Pershing Square [Philanthropic] Challenge marks the culmination of a three-month competition among roughly forty teams of first- and second-year Columbia Business School Students.

Bill Ackman, founder and CEO of Pershing Square Capital Management L.P., launched the challenge in 2008. The challenge is open to students who are enrolled in Applied Security Analysis.

After an initial round of eliminations, five final teams present at the Pershing Square Finals event, hosted by Bill Ackman. A panel of judges then selects the winning teams, which receive a financial prize from Pershing Square.  In maintaining the original goal of educating students who are ready to take on leadership roles as value investors, students shall decide the amount of the prize that they wish to keep and the amount that they wish to donate to a charitable organization.

Pershing Square Challenge 2014  Archive

7th Annual Pershing Square Challenge  (2014)

Date: April 23, 2014

Competitors: Juliana Bogoricin ’15; Matt Bracewell ’15; Charles Buaron ’14; Patrick Enriquez Fischer ’15; Matt Ford ’15*; Joseph Goldschmid ’14; Ben Isaac ’14; Pavel Kaganas ’15; Allen Keel ’14; Oystein Kvaerner ’15*; Mahmud Riffat ’14; Carter Roehl ’15; George Taras ’15; Luke Tashie ’15; Brian Waterhouse ’15*.

Judges: William Ackman, Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P.; Adam Glick, The Jack Porter Corporation; Paul Hilal ’92, Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P.; Phil Hilal, Kingdon Capital Management; Craig Nerenberg, Brenner West Capital Partners; John Schwartz, Seneca Capital; Ted Wachtell, Millennium Partners.

See Pershing Square Challenge Video via Columbia Business School