First place winners Jade Hu ’19, Asher Jacobs ’19, and Rana Pritanjali ’19 with Bill Ackman at the Pershing Square Challenge on April 18, 2018.
Video below first an intro on the contest
Each year the Heilbrunn Center presents the Pershing Square [Philanthropic] Challenge which is the culmination of a three-month competition among roughly forty teams of first- and second-year Columbia Business School Students enrolled in the Center's Applied Security Analysis course.
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 an area of their choosing within Columbia Business School.
11th Annual Pershing Challenge
Date: April 18, 2018
Competitors: Mike Allison '19; Arthur Brousseau '19; Steven Cao '19; Ryan Darrohn '19; Greg Doger de Speville '19; Brad Headley '19; Eric Herzfeld '19; Jade Hu '19*; Asher Jacobs '19*; Winter Li '19; Neethling McGrath '19; Tyler Redd '19; Rana Pritanjali '19*; John White '19; Michael Wooten '19.
Judges: William A. Ackman, Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P.; Sahm Adrangi, Kerrisdale Capital Management; Berna Barshay, Viola Capital Management; Victoria Hart '02, Pinnacle View Capital; Ryan Israel, Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P.; Anthony Massaro, Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P.; Jillian McIntyre, 221B Capital; Paul Sonkin '95, Hummingbird Value; Whitney Tilson, Kase Learning.