Frequently Asked Questions

What is the CFI FinMo Case Competition?
The CFI FinMo Case Competition is an online financial modeling case competition that will test your financial modeling, valuation, problem solving, critical thinking and communication skills. You will receive a case document which will provide information about a particular business, and your task is to value the business and present your rationale.
What are the prizes?
Winners will be awarded USD $10,000 as follows:
  • 1st place = USD $7,000
  • 2nd place = USD $2,000
  • 3rd place = USD $1,000
Who can compete in the competition?
This competition is open to anyone and everyone.
Where does the competition take place?
This competition takes place 100% online, and all communication will happen digitally.
Is this an individual or team competition?
University students can compete in groups of maximum 5 or individually. All other entrants must enter individually.
What will the case be about?
The FinMo case will be based on an M&A transaction this year. The 2019 case was based on evaluating an M&A transaction, the 2018 case was based on a private equity group investing in a firm.
Who are the judges?
Submissions will be judged by Tim Vipond (CEO at Corporate Finance Institute), Scott Powell (Managing Director at Corporate Finance Institute) and David Phillips (Partner at Yellow Point Equity).
When is the registration deadline?
The registration deadline is 23:59 UTC on October 24, 2020. Late entrants will not be considered for the competition.
How much does the competition cost?
Please refer to the registration page.
What are the deliverables?
There are three deliverables that we will assess:
  1. Excel Model – values the business and contains any other financial information you wish to include
  2. PowerPoint Presentation – summary and recommendations
  3. Video or Screen Recording – walks us through your Excel model and explains your methodology using the PowerPoint presentation to support your recommendation
Refer to the “Deliverables” section of the Competition Rules for more information.
How do I make my submission?
All submissions must be made on this website from your user account and dashboard. There is an area where you can upload your submission before the deadline.
How much time do I have to work through the case?
Contestants have one week to complete the competition. This includes the time required to read the case, conduct your analysis, and prepare your deliverables. The case will be released at 00:01 UTC on October 18, 2020, and will be due at 23:59 UTC on October 26, 2020. Late submissions will not be accepted.
How will the winner be determined?
The winners of the CFI Financial Modeling Case Competition will be determined by the panel of judges according to the Scoring Rubric.
Still have more questions?
Feel free to contact us if you still have more questions!