The Future Is Bright: Presenting The Winners Of Seeking Alpha's First Annual Ultimate Collegiate Stock Pitch Competition

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Summary

Seeking Alpha's Campus Outreach Team is pleased to present the winners of the First Annual Stock Pitch Competition in NYC.

Overall the event was a culmination of intricately researched stock ideas from some very talented and highly intelligent students.

College students and professors are welcome to reach out to us for more information on Seeking Alpha's Campus Outreach Programs.

During the fall and spring semesters of this current academic year, collegiate investing clubs across the United States held their own stock pitch competitions, and with help from Seeking Alpha, were given a unique opportunity to share these stock ideas with the world. As a reward for their efforts, our campus outreach team invited the winners of these nationwide collegiate stock pitch competitions to convene in New York City for Seeking Alpha's First Annual Ultimate Competition - and the students certainly did not disappoint!

Although many more stock pitch competitions were made possible through Seeking Alpha, nine collegiate teams were represented at the first annual competition: Bentley University, Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University, Fordham University, Georgetown University, Northeastern University, Texas A&M, University of Maryland and the University of Texas (Austin). Of course, a competition would not be complete without a group of judges, and ten top-notch investment professionals willingly volunteered their Saturday afternoon to hear and evaluate each team’s performance. The following individuals served on our panel of judges, and their advice and service must be commended: Kristina Cibor (Goldman Sachs), Ian Clark (Dichotomy Capital), Jeffrey Fischer (Seeking Alpha), Nikhil Jog (Kedar Capital), John Leonard (Seeking Alpha), Joe Mazzella (Goldman Sachs), Joe McCann (Slingshot Insights), Neil Mehta (Goldman Sachs), Johannes Salim (Quanam Capital), and Michael Taylor (Seeking Alpha).

The day consisted of a preliminary round for each school, where the students presented their broad, 30,000-foot view for one long or short idea. After each school presented, the judges used scorecards with a variety of detailed criteria in order to determine which three schools would be presenting in the final round. The top three teams were then given 25 minutes to present their 100-foot view of their long or short idea to the judges. Cash prizes were awarded to the top three winners: the first place team was awarded $3,000; second place $2,000; and third place $1,000.

Overall the event was a culmination of intricately researched stock ideas from some very talented and highly intelligent students, mixed with some invaluable analysis and advice on the part of our judges. We cannot wait to see what these students do next in the world of finance and all Seeking Alpha readers should be very excited for the articles these students will publish next.

The top three teams, as well as all collegiate participants, and their stock pitches can be read below:

1st Place
Fordham University (Kevin Feeney)
Loral Space & Communications (NASDAQ:LORL) - Long Idea

Fordham University: Long Loral

2nd Place
Texas A&M (Joshua Kim, Blake Shirk, Brandon Shirk, Tom Waldo)
Stamps.com (NASDAQ:STMP) - Short Idea

Texas A&M: Short Stamp.Com

3rd Place
University of Texas-Austin (Sunny Pamidimukkala, Hans Uy, Austin Partridge, Anurag Bansal)
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (NYSE:GT) - Short Idea

University of Texas - Austin: Short Goodyear Tire

Honorable Mentions

Bentley University (Bryan Wagman)
Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ:CGNX) - Long Idea

Carnegie Mellon University (Wilson Judy, Shaan Phagura, and Jake Gutwein)
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NASDAQ:TEVA) - Long Idea

Columbia University (Scott Chen, Tanveer Singh, Edward Tian, Gurnoor Tucker)
Tenneco Inc. (NYSE:TEN) - Long Idea

Georgetown University (George Alchas, Harry Rosner, Patrick Ryan, Ben Stern)
Cheniere Energy, Inc. (NYSEMKT:LNG) - Long Idea

Northeastern University (Carlos Elias Campos, Diego Salas)
Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE:LMT) - Long Idea

University of Maryland (John Esposito)
Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) - Long Idea