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.

2018 Competition

2017 Competition

Team "Best Analytics".

The 2017 PwC Challenge winners. Clockwise, from top left: Chan, Berr, Jeong, Lee and Lim.

On Nov. 3, 12 teams of accounting students delivered their presentations, acting as consultants to evaluate a grocery chain's plans to add automated checkout machines and fund its expansion plans. In all, 60 students competed in the 2017 PwC Challenge at the UB School of Management.

Congratulations to the winning teams: 

  • Team "Best Analytics" took first place and shared a $1,250 prize. Accounting juniors Jonathan Berr, William Chan, Soyoung Jeong, Sangrok Lee and Dong Hwan (Aiden) Lim made up the winning team. Alex Ampadu, clinical associate professor of accounting and law, served as their faculty coach. Kelsey Gasiorczyk, BS ’13, MS ’14, assurance senior associate at PwC, and Andrew Freedman, a senior accounting major in the School of Management, were their PwC mentor and student mentor, respectively.
  • Coming in second place was Team "LIFO the Party," made up of juniors Dongmin Chen, Robert Dong, Song Lin, Samantha Ng and Jing Zhang. Coached by Weihong Xu, associate professor of accounting and law, the team shared a $1,000 prize.
  • In third place, Team “Double Declining Dambra” — named after the squad’s faculty coach, Michael Dambra — was made up of juniors Thomas Coniglio, Maddie Davis, Bryce Gatto, Kelly Graser and Vinicius Moura.

Congratulations to the students and coaches who took on this year's challenge!