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Bridgepoint Private Equity Challenge

Bridgepoint is a leading private equity fund in Europe with €12 billion of assets. More than ten members of its fund management team are Oxford alumni. Bridgepoint, in association with the Private Equity Institute, sponsors and runs the ‘Bridgepoint Private Equity Challenge’, an investment competition aimed to find the smartest assessment of leveraged buyout opportunities in the UK.

The assessment involves Oxford students, registered in the Oxford Saïd Finance Lab, working together in teams and presenting their investment recommendations to judges from Bridgepoint and Oxford. The top three graduate and undergraduate teams will spend a day in at the Bridgepoint headquarters in London including a presentation of their findings, the chance to meet other Bridgepoint executives and an awards dinner. The winning two teams in each category receive cash prizes. 

‘The Bridgepoint Private Equity Challenge aims to provide the participants with an experience of developing a private equity investment thesis that replicates the reality of working in the industry as closely as possible,’ says Emma Watford, Director at Bridgepoint. ‘The engagement of the students, the thought they put into their submissions and the exceptional feedback we are given on how much the Challenge means to them makes it very rewarding for us. We are always delighted when we hear that participants in the Challenge have been able to use the experience it gives them to shape their career choices’. 

How to enter

Students registered in the Oxford Saïd Finance Lab were invited to take part in the 2018 Bridgepoint Private Equity Challenge. 

Download the 2018 challenge flyer for further information.


The top three undergraduate and the top three MBA/MFE/MLF teams received cash prizes and spent a day at the Bridgepoint headquarters in London. 

2018 results

Graduate Teams Undergraduate Teams
1st place: Monica Camino Matta, Kyle Mulligan, Niclas Huck (MBA students) 1st place:  Felix Tan (Balliol), Kasper Verkammen (Balliol), Edward Huang (New)
2nd place (joint): Zoe Carver, Khalid Mohsen, Niall Mulligan (MFE students) 2nd place: Mark Chin (Somerville), Kai Boh (Jesus), Jek Jin Woo (St. Catherine's)
2nd place (joint): Artem Katilov, Mateusz Szczęsny, Maria Sazonova-Prokouran (MFE students) 3rd place: Micol Alexandria Chiesa (St. Edmund), Yingqi Liu (St. John's), Samuel Strijdom (Worcester)

2017 results

Graduate Teams Undergraduate Teams
1st place: Amranikunj Upadhyay, André Bekker, Louis De Kock (MBA students) 1st place:  Huai Jun Ku (Pembroke), Khi Huin Shek (Harris Manchester), Kia Kiat Goh (Harris Manchester)
2nd place: Etienne Hupp, Marvin Jung, Peter Carr (MFE students) 2nd place: Howard Hung (Harris Manchester), Martin Lausegger (St Antony's), Oliver Yu (Exeter)
3rd place: Akhil Sachdev, Hadrien Vasdeboncoeur, Yiming Zeng (MBA students) 3rd place: Frans Mehtajarvi (Harris Manchester), Jan Philipp Haas (Harris Manchester), Renbin Woo (Harris Manchester)

2016 results

Graduate Teams Undergraduate Teams
1st place: Alexander Bertoli, Johan Krynauw, Ruvimbo Nyangoni (MBA students) 1st place: Daniel Berg (St Edmund Hall), Gen Hall (St Edmund Hall), Rebecca Zhang (St Peter's)
2nd place: Alberto Cucca, Julian Muller, Nicolas Hartmann (MFE students) 2nd place: Esben Wilken (Keble), Fabio Schneider (St Hugh's), Tom Schwantje (Keble)

Watch highlights of 2017's challenge


Bridgepoint Challenge 2017

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Bridgepoint Challenge 2014