PwC Challenge

An annual case competition focused on high-level issues to test and improve decision-making skills.

Every November, PricewaterhouseCoopers invites about 100 schools nationwide to compete in the PwC Challenge. The winning team from each school receives a cash prize and an invitation to compete nationally in an optional Corporate Responsibility Challenge.

Each team is made up of five students, who work as consultants for a fictitious client. They have two weeks to research an assigned accounting issue and develop a 12-minute presentation. Each team is assigned a faculty coach, PwC mentor and student mentor. On the day of the competition, each team presents its analysis and recommendations to a judging panel of PwC professionals.

2016 Competition

The winner team, Let's Get Fiscal.

The PwC Challenge presentations were held Nov. 4 at the UB School of Management. Eleven teams of accounting students delivered presentations, acting as accounting consultants to help a firm address sustainability issues. In all, 55 students competed.

Congratulations to the winning teams: 

  • Team Let's Get Fiscal won the top prize of $1,000 and earned an invitation to participate in a national competition against 100 other schools. Shayan Ahmad, Matthew Conenna, Joshua Domagala, Marco Gangarossa and Hira Kashif made up the winning team. Jing Chen, assistant professor of accounting and law, and Martha Salzman, clinical assistant professor of accounting and law, served as their faculty coaches.
  • In second place, Team Apex collected $800. Team members were Noah King, Anita Lin, Vinicius Moura, Tymon Nechipurenko and Anthony Vedella. Gabby Wang and Claudia Qi, both assistant professors of accounting and law, served as faculty coaches.
  • Team Street Creds took third place. Team members Chetinai Kalamaphichit, George Gao, Kenneth Setiadi, Ayush Sharma and Tasnia Tonima were coached by Kathleen Nesper and Lorrie Metzger, both clinical assistant professors of accounting and law.

After the presentations, all participants enjoyed a catered dinner, networked with PwC staff and received a PwC tee shirt.

Congratulations to the students and coaches who took on this year's challenge. Mark Bruno, head of recruiting for PwC in Buffalo, and other firm staff were very impressed by the School of Management's showing.