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McGill International Portfolio Challenge (MIPC)
November 07, 2020

The Power of Students In 2015, a small group of McGill students had a compelling idea — bring together the world’s brightest students to Montreal to help solve t­­­­­he retirement-savings shortfall. Two years later, the McGill International Portfolio Challenge (MIPC) has grown into the largest buy-side competition in the world. Professional investors, actuaries, and academics have brought students to the table to help solve global problems where the buy-side of finance has a critical role to play. This year’s grand challenge will center on Protectionism and Social Inequalities.

The MIPC team is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation across the world. These are undoubtedly unprecedented times we are all experiencing. As of now, we have no plans for cancelling MIPC 2020.
Registration is temporarily suspended.

The MIPC focuses on addressing societal issues which large, institutional investors play a critical role in. Our cases center on solving these issues through innovative portfolio strategies that satisfy the needs of a broad range of stakeholders with competing interests.

Now on its 4th edition, the McGill International Portfolio Challenge bridges the disconnect between academia and the finance industry through our innovative cases which tackle key issues that institutional investors play a critical role in. We bring together hundreds of professional investors, actuaries, and students from a diverse set of backgrounds in order to solve these complex issues.Top teams come to Montreal to pitch their proposals in front of leading executives from many of the largest buy-side finance firms in the world. These judges come not only to determine who will win our challenge, but also to take inspiration from students’ ideas into their daily work as well as hire some of the world’s top student talent.

The MIPC is an exceptional platform to apply classroom knowledge to a complex, multi-faceted, real-world case. We award C$50,000 in cash prizes to our winning teams, a figure that makes us one of the most lucrative university competitions in the world.

Round 1 Rules
1) Teams must be composed of a minimum of 1 student up to 4 students.
2) Team members must be enrolled in a full-time undergraduate or graduate program at an internationally accredited university.

3) Team members do not necessarily have to be from the same program. Historically, top teams in the MIPC have been composed of members with very diverse skill sets.

4) All team members must be enrolled in an academic program as of July 31st. Those starting in a program after this date are also eligible.

5) All students must be enrolled in either a full-time or part-time program in which they will receive a formal degree from an accredited institution.
6) The final composition of the team is not necessary to register.

7) Please provide your university name and street address, and please use your academic e-mail when you register for MIPC.
8) Please note that the registration fee is non-refundable.

9) MIPC values diversity. Diverse teams in terms of background and gender are highly recommended and consistently perform better at the challenge.
Eligible Schools
Asper School Of Business At The University Of Manitoba
Australian National University
Columbia Business School
Concordia University
DeGroote School Of Business - McMaster University
Frankfurt School Of Finance And Management
George Washington University
Illinois Institute Of Technology - Stuart School of Business
Nanyang Business School
Queensland University of Technology
Ryerson University
Simon Fraser University
Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary University
Toronto - Rotman School Of Management
University Of Calgary - The Haskayne School Of Business
University Of Chicago Booth School Of Business
University Of Sydney
University of Utah
Washington State University
Wilfrid Laurier University
Yale School Of Management