The CU Real Estate Center will again be sending teams of undergrad real estate students to several real estate case competitions this year. A couple of years ago we only participated in one event – the USC International Real Estate Case Competition each spring semester. Last year we participated in three events, and this year the plan is to add a fourth competition.
This year’s case competitions open with the Sherman Miller Real Estate Competition later in the fall semester. This event enters its third year and pits teams from CU, CSU and DU fighting it out over instate bragging rights. CU won the inaugural event in 2014, but placed second to CSU in last year’s event. CU plans to return to its winning ways as DU hosts the event for the first time on November 4th.
First up in the spring semester will be the new event for CU – the Villanova Real Estate Challenge. Just a couple of weeks later comes the international competition at USC. And the final event will be the retail case competition hosted by Cornell at ICSC’s annual RECon convention in Las Vegas in May. As you can see, there’s no rest for the weary during our spring semesters.
These case competitions give our students a fantastic opportunity to take what they have learned and are continuing to learn in the classroom and put it all together in a “real life” application. It is not only very challenging and rewarding in itself, we’ve found it gives our students a major advantage as they enter the industry with experience in organizing, analyzing and presenting complex real estate investment and development deals.
Our participation in these events would not be possible without ongoing support from our Council Members and other industry partners. Thank you!