Howard University students win $1 million grand prize in Goldman Sachs case study competition


Five Howard University students win $1 million for future generations of HBCU students.

According to the university’s press release, these brilliant students won the grand prize in the finals of the Goldman Sachs Market Madness: HBCU Possibilities Case Study Competition. After an immersive four-month program and two stages of the competition, Howard University celebrates a victory against four other teams which represented Florida A&M University, Morgan State University, Prairie View A&M University and Spelman College.

The 2022 winning team included a second-year Computer Information Systems major Corine Houngninousecond year major in finance Jaiden Colemanfirst year major in history JD Jean Jacquesfirst year major in business management Sierra Williamson, and second major in computer science Surakshya Aryal.

Photo courtesy: The Dig/Howard University News

“This group of Howard University students have demonstrated an exemplary understanding of what it takes to succeed in the corporate world, and I can’t wait to see what success awaits us,” said the provost of Howard University. Anthony K. Wutoh, Ph.D. “Through their efforts, this grant will help create additional opportunities for their fellow Howard students.”

The Goldman Sachs Market Madness: HBCU Possibilities program introduced 26 teams of 12 HBCUs to financial concepts. Nearly 50 Goldman Sachs coaches trained them. While the educational sessions provided learning and training opportunities, attendees were expected to leverage what they learned to conduct “industry and company-specific research as well as pitch a solution and a business plan” for Goldman Sachs partner PepsiCo., according to the press release. .

The teams competed in two stages of competition and eight weeks of preparation. The qualified teams moved on to the last round of final presentations.

“Participating in the Goldman Sachs Market Madness: HBCU Possibilities program allowed me to broaden my interests beyond technology and innovation,” Houngninou said.

“While I had little interest in finance and global markets, the program allowed me to visualize how these careers align with my professional aspirations. I am now confident in understanding how research concepts in global investment, asset management, investment banking, consumer and wealth management play a role in the areas of information systems and data science,” he continued.


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