“As one of the few first year teams in the competition, it was an honour to have been selected to present [at the final round],” states Fineas Tatar and Rebecca Guan (at right), both 1A AFM students and first time competitors at the 2015 InvestYoung Stock Pitch Competition.
Four School of Accounting and Finance student teams were selected to present at the final round of the InvestYoung Pitch Competition this year. The competition is one of the many university level competitions that provide opportunities for students to learn and demonstrate skills needed in analyzing, organizing, and presenting stock as an investment. Through this competition, Investors of Tomorrow, a student-run financial literacy charity, aims to provide a “window into the financial services industry and facilitate future career aspirations.”
The competition consists of a qualifying round, requiring teams to submit a slide deck and executive summary detailing their buy-side pitch and investment thesis. Selected teams move forward to present at the finalist round, held in Toronto. “We really enjoyed our time at the InvestYoung Stock Pitch finals. We learned many valuable pitch techniques, bonded as a team, and met many other finance-oriented students like ourselves,” states Fineas and Rebecca about their experience.
Competing at the final round were Fineas Tatar, Rebecca Guan, Alex Vegh, Muneeb Ahmed, Su Sin, Dennis Zhang, Kevin Zhao, and Christina Yao. Judges were impressed with all four SAF student teams in the data that was presented, their analysis, and how polished their presentation skills were. “We were able to learn something new about the solar energy industry and the panel of finance experts from AIMA were very helpful in giving industry advice,” states Kevin. All four teams had a great learning experience and all are eager to participate in future competitions.