The Polaris Investment Competition is an annual, 52-week program where Merage School MBA teams are allocated a total of $1.5 million in capital to invest in the stock market. It is the only investment competition offered by an MBA program that allows an open forum for student across all MBA programs to participate and receive cash rewards.
Contest winners are awarded scholarships depending on their performance and their final rank in the competition. To receive an award, teams must perform better than the Wilshire 5000 broad market index.
The Polaris competition is housed in the Merage School Center for Investment and Wealth Management and sponsored by venture capitalist Chuck Martin of Mont Pelerin Capital. A 2005 FEMBA graduate, Michael A. Cancelleri, Managing Director and COO of the Investment Fund, helped develop, test and implement the Polaris model and investment system.
“As a FEMBA alum, I am proud to see that the fully employed MBA students have done extremely well in the Polaris Investment Competition. In past years, the majority of teams are FEMBA students, and they killied the index. This unique program provides students with experiences that would take years to obtain in the workplace” - Mr. Cancelleri
- Five teams of 4-6 Merage School MBA are selected each year
- Teams are provided with investment capital up to $210,000 per team
- Teamshares profits – up to $8,000 per team member – that students use to offset tuition costs
- Competition results on a public scoreboard
- Gain experience in the valuation, risk analysis, forecasting, pricing, and financial analysis of publicly traded companies
- Build teamwork skills by making high-powered decisions in a small group
- Learn to perform research, background and due diligence to evaluate companies
- Receive ongoing feedback and a rare opportunity to interact with seasoned investor Chuck Martin
No matter what your career plans, participating in the Polaris Investment Competition will prepare you to understand and analyze companies strategically, operationally and financially. These skills will serve you well in choosing a place to work, as well as managing your own wealth portfolio.