Create an equity research report on any one of the 6,000+ public small & microcap companies listed on www.channelchek.com and you could win a cash prize of $7,500 for tuition or college-related expenses (and the winner’s college gets $5,000 as well), land a paid internship in the equity research department of Noble Capital Markets, and get a video of the award presentation running on the NASDAQ Tower in Times Square, NYC. Like everything else , this is going to be a tough challenge. But the hard-work payoff is a lot of cash, and the creds that go along with winning this thing. The winners of the Second Annual College Challenge are Melissa Mueller and Benjamin Trussel from the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga.
The College Research Report Challenge – that has been sponsored by Scripps, the people who bring you the National Spelling Bee, NASDAQ, Tribune Publishing, Salem Media Group, Kelly Services, Noble Capital Markets, and NetworkNewsWire* - is a competition based on research of small & microcap emerging-growth companies featured on Channelchek. Emerging-growth companies represent the best of American ingenuity, and Gen-Z represents the next generation of leaders. The Contest encourages our future heads of industry to explore, probe, and discover the companies that are poised for success, companies that are underfollowed, misunderstood, or undiscovered and may represent the cure for disease or the next disruptive technology. Do it for the cash. Do it for the experience. Do it for the challenge to proving you’re the best.
Equity research is at the heart of good decision making when selecting investible companies. The best research on Wall Street employs channel checks, which is why we call this portal Channelchek. With a channel check, a research analyst gathers information from all available sources, including the company’s distribution channels, to understand the company from the perspective of its customers.
So, start with Channelchek, choose any of the listed companies, and start digging for resources. You can tackle the Contest on your own or assemble a team of up to three members as long as they’re all registered students.
The winning report will follow the established Wall Street format, including the following components: Business Description, Headline & Front-Page Bullet Points (executive summary), Investment Appraisal, Industry Overview & Competitive Position, Financial Analysis, Management & Corporate Governance Overview, Stock Valuation, Risk Assessment, Market Rating, and Price Target.
A team of senior equity research analysts from Noble Capital Markets will determine the winner based on scoring of each report section. Judges are FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) certified Series 86, 87, and 7 analysts with industry accreditations including “Best on the Street” as determined by the Wall Street Journal Survey, Starmine ranked, and/or Institutional Investor (II) ranked. The analysts have an average of 27 years of equity markets experience.
The winner(s), either an individual or team (submission by a team of up to three participants – please refer to complete rules), will receive a cash prize of $5,000 to be applied toward tuition or school-related expenses, plus: 1) a paid internship with Noble Capital Markets’ research department, under the direction of a FINRA-licensed, accredited equity research analyst, and; 2) video-posting of the prize-presentation ceremony on the NASDAQ Tower in Times Square, New York City (date and time to be determined). In addition, the winning individual or team’s school will receive a $5,000 cash prize. In the final phase of the competition, the winner of the competition may win an additional $2,500 based on the accuracy of the investment appraisal of the subject company of the report based on the rating and 12-month price target. In the event the winner of the Challenge has achieved the price target identified in the report within 12 months beginning March 15, 2022, and ending March 15, 2023, an additional cash prize of $2,500 will be awarded.
The Contest is open to individuals who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry, and who are current students of an institution of higher learning, four-year postsecondary educational institute, community college, vocational school, trade school or other career colleges that award academic degrees or professional certifications. Complete official rules and guidelines are available on the Contest Registration Page. NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. ALL FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL, AND MUNICIPAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.
Registrations and submissions are accepted from October 15, 2021, at 12:00 a.m. to February 15, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. On or about April 15, 2022, the Sponsor will select the winner from all eligible entries received.
*Note: Sponsors shown supported the first and second annual College Challenge; watch for updates.