From challenge to experience…lessons learned

Wednesday, July 7, 2021
by Rahulan M., Tristan J. and Mohamad R., AFM students

Lessons gained from competing at the SAF Strategy Case Competition

Over the past month, the three of us that make up PPG Consulting, have had a blast working on our presentation for the SAF Strategy Case Competition. From the first moment we heard about the competition, we knew we had to put our skills to the test.

Between the three of us, we have a wide range of relevant experiences to draw upon and wanted to challenge ourselves while balancing our other extracurricular commitments. By participating in a case competition with a focus on a company such as Peloton, we were able to better understand real-life issues faced by a real-life company. In doing so, we were not only able to understand the impact of COVID-19 on business operations, but also observe the steps businesses are taking to adapt to the situation we have all been subject to for the past year. 

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We all have a very keen interest in high-growth technology companies, so taking a deep dive into Peloton and how they are disrupting the fitness market was incredibly fascinating. Through our coursework, we often look at accounting and finance-related concepts on a theoretical level. Through opportunities like the SAF Strategy Case Competition, we were able to look at how these theoretical concepts apply to a company that is just beginning to take off.

The greatest learning opportunity for us was evaluating potential acquisitions that Peloton could make to expand their business. This forced us to look at the company and the industry from a qualitative perspective, while also applying the quantitative modelling and financial projections skills that we’ve developed through courses and co-curricular activities we take part in. What a blast, and we ended up placing third in the competition!