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PricewaterhouseCoopers Challenge

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

Every November, PricewaterhouseCoopers invites approximately 50 schools nationwide to compete in Challenge, PwC's case competitions. The winning team from each school receives a cash prize and is invited to compete nationally to become one of five finalist teams. The five finalists are then invited to make their presentations at PwC’s New York office.

Teams are composed of five students each, working 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 and a PwC mentor. On the day of the competition, teams present their analysis and recommendations to a panel of judges from PricewaterhouseCoopers.

2014 Competition

The PwC Challenge competition presentations were held October 31, 2014, at the University at Buffalo School of Management. Twelve teams of accounting students made their presentations in the Jacobs Management Center. The case involved the role of accounting consultants in helping a firm to evaluate a new e-commerce project. In all, 60 students competed. Congratulations to the winning teams: 

Team Accrual World won the top prize of $1,000. In addition, the team's presentation video was sent to PwC's New York office for the national competition, which included 46 other schools. Participating on the winning team were Spencer J. Gates, Gary Vinette, Brittany Popovski, Dominic Eusanio and Chris DiDuro. Professors Jing Chen and Ann Claudia Qi served as faculty coaches.

Young Visionaries, the second-place team, also won $1,000. Team members were Xin Wang, Rui Deng, Neha Bhagirath, Devin Kiblin and Yusef Burgos. Professor Inho Suk served as faculty coach.

Team 5 Guys took third place in the competition. Team members Brandon Cheng, Eric Kolbrenner, Amiel Kurland, Matthew Mandler and Alex Tatarsky were coached by Professors Martha Salzman and Shelby Collins.

After the presentations, all participants enjoyed a catered dinner and interacted with PwC staff. In addition, all participants received a gift card.

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