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McCombs Student Team Named Champions of Deloitte R.I.S.E National Case Competition

(L-R) Angela Yu, Vibhav Joopelli, Alan Shaw, Alex WangAUSTIN, Texas — A four-person, student team from the McCombs School of Business received first-place at the national Deloitte R.I.S.E Advisory Case Competition. Thirty-two teams across the nation participated in the regional competition and eight teams advanced to the national competition on April 7-9, 2017 at Deloitte University in Westlake, Texas.


"It was an extremely exciting feeling when our school name was announced as the first place winner," said Vibhav Joopelli, a freshman member of the team. "We were initially nervous after seeing the stiff competition from the other school's presentations. It was a very rewarding feeling to see all of our hard work over the past month pay off."


The McCombs team developed a proposal to deliver risk-based advisory services to a client. The students successfully utilized their skills and creativity to develop the best solution to a hypothetical company’s expense irregularities during international expansion. Their case solution aimed to optimize the company’s travel expense procedure and advise them as the company expanded into international markets.


The team analyzed the company’s legal, compliance and technology risks and presented their solution to a panel of Deloitte judges. The members won a $8,000 prize that is split amongst each student. Members of the student team included Alex Wang, BBA '20; Vibhav Joopelli, BBA '20; Angela Yu, BBA '19; and Alan Shaw, BBA '20.


“It was an incredible experience meeting Deloitte professionals and our fellow competitors from across the nation,” Joopelli said. “We want to encourage as many McCombs underclassmen to apply for the competition next year, as it definitely was one of the highlights of our college careers and we hope it can be for future McCombs students as well.”


The competition looks to provide a fun and educational way for students to showcase their knowledge and to gain insight into risk-based advisory services. Students engage in challenging activities and have the opportunity to solve real-world problems. Deloitte advisory professionals interact with students as they discuss the business and technology implications of their assigned case and proposal.


“The people we met from other schools and the Deloitte staff were amazing, and we were able to learn a lot from picking the brains of seasoned employees,” Joopelli said.


For more information, contact: Samantha Harris, Red McCombs School of Business, 512-471-6746


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