PwC Challenge

Winners of the 2019 PwC Challenge, from left: Sooseok Kim, Connie Cui, Rohit Khemlani and Archana Mohan.

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

Every November, PwC invites students from about 100 schools nationwide to compete for cash prizes in the PwC Challenge.

Teams work as consultants for a fictitious client, with two weeks to research an assigned business issue and develop a 10-minute presentation. Each team benefits from the experience and insights of their faculty and PwC mentors. On the day of the competition, each team presents its analysis and recommendations to a judging panel of PwC professionals.

2019 Competition

A diverse team of School of Management undergraduates—representing three majors and four countries—took first place in the 16th annual PwC Challenge.

For this year's competition, students examined a consumer product brand that’s considering expanding its portfolio of household appliances into multifunctional, smart technologies by leveraging the “internet of things.” Each team analyzed the company, the global appliance marketplace and consumer trends to develop strategic recommendations for the company’s expansion. Teams then presented their analyses and fielded questions from a panel of PwC judges.

Congratulations to the winning teams:

  • Team "GOAT" won first place. The team was made up of accounting students Connie Cui and Rohit Khemlani, business administration student Sooseok Kim, and Archana Mohan, who is double majoring in business administration and mathematics. Michael Dambra, assistant professor of accounting and law, and Marco Gangarossa, BS ’18, MS ’19, assurance associate at PwC, served as the team’s mentors.
  • Taking second place was a team of accounting undergraduates, named “Account on Us”: Christopher Amico, Jay Lethin, Sydney Merritt and Tien Nguyen.
  • Team “Strongest” came in third. The team of accounting juniors included Mingyang He, Jiamei Li, Austin Sternhell and Michael Weng.

“Through the PwC Challenge, we learned how to work properly as a team, trust each other and communicate clearly,” says Khemlani, a junior on the winning team. “Giving our presentation to the PwC partners was nerve-wracking, but it was definitely worth the experience."

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