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K-State Gates Capital Stock Pitch Challenge

The Department of Finance invites Kansas State University students to put their stock analysis skills to the test with $10,000 in prize money on the line in the new K-State Gates Capital Stock Pitch Challenge. 

Goal of the Competition

The goal of the competition is to create campus-wide interest in stock investing and encourage students to further develop their stock analysis skills.

General Overview

Teams will source and research their best stock investment idea. The analysis will need to consider both the qualitative (competitive advantage, management, corporate governance, etc.) and quantitative (valuation, ratio analysis, etc.) aspects of the company. Based on the written reports, the top five teams will be selected to present their plans to a panel of judges comprised of investment professionals. A minimum of $10,000 in prize money will be awarded. This is a great opportunity for students to develop both their analytical and presentation skills while interacting with investment professionals.

Requirements to Participate
  • Each team will consist of 2-4 students.
  • The competition is open to all K-State students from any major or college.
  • Teams are required to register by completing the team registration form.
  • The registration deadline is Friday, February 16, 2018. Early registration is encouraged as number of teams participating may need to be limited.

Team Registration


Initial Competition - Written Analysis

  • Each team will write a stock analysis paper consisting of:
    • Cover page with company name and each team member’s name.
    • Written analysis of the company (business, management, industry analysis, competitive advantages, valuation, etc.) no greater than 10 pages, double spaced with normal margins.
    • An appendix to support as necessary. No limit on appendix pages but only the written analysis will be graded.
    • Reference page.
  • Teams may use sources such as the internet, brokerage reports, and non-faculty business professionals as resources. Please cite all sources appropriately.
  • Primary research (first-hand information from employees, competitors, customers, etc.) is strongly encouraged.
  • Written analysis must be submitted to the Finance Department (BB2097) by Friday, March 9 at 5pm.
Judging the Written Report
  • The written report will be judged using this rubric:
    • 20% Originality
    • 30% Qualitative analysis (competitive advantage, management, governance, etc.)
    • 30% Quantitative analysis (valuation, ratio analysis)
    • 20% Uniqueness of analysis (primary research)
  • The top 5 teams will be announced as finalists Friday, March 16, 2018. Finalists will be notified via email.

Final Competition

  • The top 5 teams will present to a panel of judges and audience members on Friday, March 30, 2018.
  • Location: Business Building lecture hall
  • Team attire: Business professional
  • Time: Each presentation will last 20 minutes - 10 minutes for presentation + 10 minutes of Q&A
Judging the Final Competition
  • The presentation will be judged using this rubric:
    • 20% Originality and uniqueness of analysis (primary research)
    • 30% Qualitative analysis (competitive advantage, management, governance, etc.)
    • 20% Soundness and rigor of quantitative analysis (valuation, ratio analysis)
    • 30% Presentation quality (ability, involvement of all members, Q&A)


  • 1st place will be awarded $5000
  • 2nd place will be awarded $3000
  • 3rd place will be awarded $2000

Team Registration

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