Investment Projects, which serves as the student investment arm of NDIGI. Students work on a variety of investment projects ranging from analyzing seed investment opportunities to participating in investment competitions.
VCIC National Champions 2017
In conjunction with various student-run clubs, the NDIGI sponsors and mentors students in all types of investment competitions. Student teams will also benefit from direct interaction and coaching from a select group of industry practitioners who have years of investment experience.
Investment competitions simulate the actual investment management process. They provide an environment wherein students can learn and apply core principles such as:
- Evaluating markets, industries, competition, economic trends, risk, & other relevant factors
- Drafting terms sheets for potential investments
- Conducting due diligence sessions
- Presenting & defending investment decisions, including stock selection
- Managing portfolios
Investment competitions value creative thinking and are therefore typically open to all students regardless of major or college. The competitions are designed to reflect the reality of the current investing world, and therefore recognize that investors come from varied academic backgrounds.
Investment Team that won First Place at the 2017 Cornell Competition
Examples of past events include:
- U of North Carolina Undergraduate Venture Capital Investment Competition (February 2017) in conjunction with the Unleashed Venture Capital Student Club
- ETF Global Portfolio Challenge (Spring 2017) in conjunction with the ND Investment Club
- CME Investing Challenge (Spring 2017) in conjunction with the ND Investment Club
- Cornell University MBA Stock Pick Challenge (November 2016 & 2017)
- The CQA 4th Annual Investment Long / Short Portfolio Challenge (October 2016) in conjunction with the ND Investment Club
- Cornell University Johnson School Undergraduate Stock Pitch Challenge (September 2016 & 2017)
- U of Michigan Undergraduate Investment Conference (September 2016 & 2017)
VCIC Regional Champions 2017
Investment Club USC Competition
Notre Dame Founder's Fund
The ND Founder's Fund is a student-managed venture fund that allows teams from across disciplines to partner with a practicing venture capitalist and invest in real startups. Students work directly with a venture capitalist to screen multiple companies before deciding to invest in a startup alongside their VC.
2017-18 Special Project: DARI Motion - Growth Equity Raise
An example of a past project, called DARI Motion, took place in the fall semester 2017. 15 students across five teams helped prepare DARI Motion, a medical device company, for their institutional capital raise. DARI Motion is a markerless motion capture technology that analyzes the body to determine the quality and health of an individual’s movement. The students worked side-by-side with DARI Motion’s executive leadership and investment practitioners to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the company, its technology, financials and competitive landscape. One of the key deliverables of this project was to produce a Confidential Information Memorandum (CIM). The CIM will be used to attract institutional investors during their fundraising round.