Archive | August 2015

JMI Equity – Paid Internship Opportunity


JMI Equity is currently offering a paid internship for rising sophomores, juniors or seniors who are interested in exploring a finance career and who can work 10-15 hours per week during the school year. There will also be an opportunity to extend into a full-time 2016 summer internship position, if mutually desired.

Interested students can log in to Port Triton: for more information and to apply.

National Investment Banking Competition 2016 – Confirmation of Dates and Opening of Registration

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Competition registration is now officially open and students can register at . Please find below some key information about NIBC 2016:

  • Teams can either be three or four members and can register at
  • $100 early bird registration fee
  • Estimated $15,000 prize pool awarded to winning teams
  • Separate Undergraduate and Graduate divisions
  • Qualifying teams are invited to compete in the Final Round, which takes place from March 30th – 31stin Vancouver

We have been working diligently in collaboration with our Board to accommodate all parties involved with NIBC to ensure the most favorable date was chosen for the 2016 event. After reviewing the academic calendars for our partner schools and seeking input from our corporate sponsors and partners, we are delighted to confirm that the Final Round and conference of NIBC 2016 will take place on March 30th and 31st 2016.

A more detailed timeline of the National Investment Banking Competition can be found below:

Registration Deadline: October 12, 2015
First Round Case Dissemination: October 19, 2015
Electronic Case Submission: November 16, 2015
Finalist Announcement: January 2016
Final Round: March 30 – 31, 2016

The timeline for this year¹s competition offers significant benefits when compared to other viable options and will help ensure that NIBC 2016 is our highest quality event yet.

  • Mitigates potential complications for those traveling in winter weather conditions
  • Does not conflict with the majority of schools¹ midterm or final exams
  • Competition will better accommodate schools that utilize the quarter system
  • Competitors will be better equipped to extrapolate and apply skills developed in the classroom
  • Better professional attendance as March is typically a ³low period² for banking

About the Case Creation:

The cases are prepared by investment banking professionals from firms including Macquarie Capital, RBC Capital Markets, BMO Capital Markets, KKR, and Evercore Partners. The cases are designed to give students hands-on insights into the actual work of investment banking Analysts, Associates, and Vice Presidents. This includes, but is not limited to financial modeling, evaluation of financing structures, and delivery of client presentations.

Check out the flyers:

NIBC 2016 – Competition Fact

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I am Rady Made: How my Master of Finance Transformed my Career (and Can Transform Yours Too)


August 20, 2015
by Oliver Binz

I Discovered My Passion

Before I came to the Rady School at UC San Diego, I was sure that I wanted to end up as a portfolio manager for some hedge-fund-like investment vehicle or investment bank.

The Rady School’s recently launched Master of Finance program promised to teach students cutting edge data analyzing techniques with a strict focus on quantitative estimation approaches – pretty much exactly what you want to learn if you aim to be successful in the modern, fast-paced trading world.

What I did not expect from my Rady School education were the numerous data analysis projects, replicating famous finance papers and the faculty’s contagious enthusiasm for research, which would make me change course from my previous industry and pursue a Ph.D. degree to become a Professor.


I Gained Experience That Helped Me Advance Immediately

One month after handing in my capstone research report which examined the effects of accrual catering policies on companies’ market prices, I now sit in my office at Duke University in North Carolina and think about research questions that came up in a conversation with one of the Professors in my department at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business.

The rigorous training that I went through at the Rady School qualified me to be involved in research projects right from the start – a privilege that is a rare commodity among incoming doctoral students.

After my year at the Rady School, I can confidently handle a wide range of econometrical methods including OLS, MLE, GMM, event studies, random forests, dynamic Monte Carlo simulations, binominal trees, Kalman filtering, MSM, GARCH modeling, and so much more. You can basically tackle every empirical research or forecasting problem with such a toolset, and you will be able make the most out of the information that is deeply hidden in your data set.

Because data seems to overtake the world since recently, this knowledge serves well in the job market – it doesn’t really matter whether your field is Finance or Micro Biology.


I Lived in and Explored One of the Best Cities in the World
Located in La Jolla, San Diego, the Rady School is right across the street from the ocean, inviting students to frequent surf sessions and long beach walks.

While it may seem like it would be hard to handle three to four data projects a week while the sun shines approximately 365 days a year in La Jolla, I was able to explore many of the local treasures. Day visits to Balboa Park and the Gas Lamp Quarter as well as weekend trips to Joshua Tree National Park and the Grand Canyon did result in some additional study nights, but the reward was definitely worth it.

Oliver Binz (Master of Finance, ’15) is a Rady School of Management alumni and is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at Duke University. After getting his Ph.D., Binz hopes to become a professor in the U.S. to pursue his passions for finance and accounting research in the field and teaching students.

Swedish American Chamber of Commerce in San Diego Mentorship Program


Dear students,

The Swedish American Chamber of Commerce in San Diego want to welcome you as a Young Professional to participate in our events and Mentorship Program. Take the chance to get guidance and support for your future career from experienced business leaders.

This is a valuable and prestigious experience to learn from and to add to your resume.

Have a look at the attached pdf or visit our website for more information.

Make sure you send your application before 9/21

If you have any further question don’t hesitate to contact me!

Best Regards/Vänliga hälsningar,

Lilav Ali ( )

Management Associate – Business and Sales Developer


EvoNexus Demo Day at Rady – Aug. 27th


EvoNexus is a technology incubator and hub for Southern California’s startup and entrepreneurial community.


Join EvoNexus, the San Diego entrepreneur community, local media, investors, and tech industry leaders for appetizers and beverages as we introduce 11 of our startups.

Our startups have all gone through a rigorous program during their initial 4 months in the incubator.  Their focus at EvoNexus has been to create a minimum sellable product, validate their market, and provide their business model to customers.


When: August, 27, 2015, 5:30 – 8:30pm
Where: Beyster Auditorium, Rady School of Management, UCSD

Registration is $15

STARTUPS: Aim Is to Build Confidence, Culture For Women Entrepreneurs (SDBJ Article)


Source: San Diego Business Journal 17 Aug 2015 By MICHAEL LIPKIN

It took a screening of “The Social Network” to help launch the University of California, San Diego’s startup accelerator for women.

Lada Rasochova, the head of an entrepreneurship program at UCSD’s Rady School of Management, and Rosibel Ochoa, her counterpart at the university’s Jacobs School of Engineering, were blearyeyed after a day of grant writing and decided to watch the fictionalized account of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Coming out of the theater, the two academics talked about the lack of women coders involved with Facebook and decided to tally up how many women their own programs had helped. The results were not encouraging.

“We realized we just had guys,” said Rasochova, who spent a decade working for Dow Chemical Co. before getting a degree from the Rady School and joining its administration. “Less than 10 percent of participants were women.”

The gender imbalance extends far beyond UCSD. Less than 3 percent of companies that receive venture funding have women CEOs, though 18 percent have women on their executive team, according to a report last year from professors at Babson College. About 6 percent of partners at venture firms are women.

The Push

Soon after the movie, Rasochova and Ochoa proposed starting a program to give women students an extra push to realize their ideas for technology-focused startups.

With a two-year, $28,000 grant from college-focused nonprofit VentureWell in 2012, Rasochova and Ochoa launched their accelerator, mystartupXX, named after the female chromosome.

The program accepts women, or teams with women in leadership positions, and awards them $3,000 to help prototype their ideas or incorporate their company. There are also a series of workshops led by the accelerator’s third co-founder, Kimberly Davis King, a former venture capitalist and current member of the oversight committee for incubator EvoNexus. King is also a lecturer at UCSD.

With that modest budget, the first two cohorts of students had three teams each; most instructors and staff volunteered their time. But mystartupXX won a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration last year in the inaugural Growth Accelerator Fund competition.

The SBA contest sought to reward groups in geographic areas that lack the accelerator density of Silicon Valley, as well as those who work with women and other underrepresented groups.

Encouraging Growth

The money allowed mystartupXX to accept 10 teams last year, and the accelerators second SBA win earlier this month will let it expand to 20 teams in the fall. The funding will also let the program accept alumni who have graduated in the past five years.

Most teams entering mystartupXX are not even companies yet, just students with an idea for a product. They learn how to divide up equity, how to commercialize their ideas and the best time to incorporate. Other accelerators provide similar resources, but by targeting women entrepreneurs, UCSD hopes to overcome the social pressures that convince some to not apply to technology programs.

Five companies have launched from mystartupXX so far, attracting more than $8 million in funding and creating 130 jobs. Ashley Van Zeeland, a former postdoc at the Scripps Translational Science Institute, co-founded genome infomatics company Cypher Genomics while getting her MBA at the Rady School and was part of mystartupXX’s first cohort. With its help, her team was accepted into EvoNexus and has teamed up with major players, including Illumina and Sequenom.

“It has a snowball effect,” Van Zeeland said. “We had this little kernel and we were rolling down a hill. They helped us keep the momentum going and rolled us into the incubator, which kept it going further. The further up the hill you are, the more help they can give.”

UCSD senior Sneha Jayaprakash joined the accelerator last year, seeking to workshop her idea for a social volunteering platform that would allow users to search for volunteer opportunities, track what their friends were doing and generate reports for their employers. The company, Giventure, is winding its way through the incorporation process.

Jayaprakash said that while she hasn’t

encountered overt sexism that scuttled possible investments, she was disappointed that most participants at local startup events were middle-aged white men. UCSD’s accelerator provided not only a diverse group of entrepreneurs, but also a place to seek advice for dealing with more subtle gender prejudices.

Not a Cutthroat Culture

While mystartupXX has so far depended

on grants and SBA awards for the bulk of its shoestring budget, the directors have received some donations from women entrepreneurs eager to support the accelerator. Rasochova is also proposing to set up a sub-fund within the Rady School’s venture fund, which she also manages, earmarked for a mystartupXX competition. Potential profits would be reinvested back into the accelerator.

But Rasochova said the plan is to avoid a cutthroat culture that could overwhelm the program’s greater goal of fostering confident women entrepreneurs.

“A successful exit may be creating a company, or it could be a student who has an idea, tests it through the program and decides it won’t work,” she said. “It’s a very safe environment to fail and we want to keep it that way.”

Source: San Diego Business Journal 17 Aug 2015 By MICHAEL LIPKIN

The Basement – A Space for Undergraduate Entrepreneurs


The Basement, New Website Launched!

Be among the first to view The Basement’s new site.

✔ Find out how to apply to The Basement incubator.
✔ Check out class photos of The Basement’s 2014-15 teams.
✔ See our mentors, advisors, speakers, and experts.

Join our entrepreneurial community this Fall 2015.

Open application period begins August 17th and closes October 2nd!
Click the link below to see our new site and learn more.