Nonprofit names intercollegiate competition winners

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The 2020 ACG Cup-winning MBA team is Grand Valley State University, represented by team members, from left, Valerie Muyskens, Ryan Hoogstra and Nicholas Van Loo. Courtesy Tiberius Images

The local chapter of a national nonprofit association named the winners of an annual business competition.

The Association for Corporate Growth Western Michigan (ACG Western Michigan) last week announced the undergraduate and graduate-level winners of its 12th annual ACG Cup Competition.

The ACG Cup is an intercollegiate competition among students from colleges and universities in Michigan, where undergraduate and Master of Business Administration (MBA) students analyze complex business cases and present strategies involving merger and acquisition alternatives, valuation, capital markets, finance options and corporate strategy, and then receive feedback from business leaders.

The winners are awarded a cash prize and were recognized at the organization’s annual Outstanding Growth Awards event on March 18 at Grand Valley State University’s Seidman School of Business in Grand Rapids.

This year, two schools participated in the MBA Cup, and 11 schools with 23 teams participated in the ACG Cup undergraduate competition.

Undergraduate category

The 2020 ACG Cup-winning undergraduate team is Michigan State University, represented by team members Riley Collins, Luke Ezzo, Brandon Kung and Sam Scharich. The team was awarded a $4,500 prize.

The 2020 undergraduate runner-up team is Central Michigan University. Undergraduate team finalists were Aquinas College, Calvin University, Central Michigan University, Hope College and Michigan State University.

MBA category

The 2020 ACG Cup-winning MBA team is Grand Valley State University, represented by team members Ryan Hoogstra, Valerie Muyskens and Nicholas Van Loo. The team was awarded a $4,500 prize.

The 2020 MBA runner-up is Michigan State University.

ACG Western Michigan

Founded in 1999, ACG Western Michigan is a local chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth.

It was established by a group of West Michigan business leaders who recognized the need for a local organization to serve as a resource to executives actively involved in deal-making and internal and external growth challenges in their companies.

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