Registration for this contest is closed. Please contact with any questions.

Experience the power of the new S&P Capital IQ

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Contest kickoff meeting and team formation - 2:30 pm at GITC, 4th floor, CCS Cafe

Monday, February 17, 2014
Registartion Closes at 9:00 am

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
NJIT Spring Career Fair - 12:30 - 5:00pm at Estelle and Zoom Fleisher Athletic Center & Naimoli Family Athletic and Recreational Facility - Stop by the S&P Capital IQ table to meet our representatives and learn more about the summer internship program.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Teams present their pitch at S&P Capital IQ’s Headquarters in the Financial District of Manhattan

Friday, April 11, 2014
Teams present posters at Innovation Day at NJIT Campus Center Atrium, Winners announced


S&P Capital IQ is one of the leading providers of financial datasets, research, and analytics in the world. We are headquartered in New York City, but have offices across the globe. In 2013, we launched a unique solution that allows financial services professionals to build presentations collaboratively on the platform by using our rich data. This is the solution you will be using through the contest as well...

Contest Rules

Do you have a keen interest in Technology and the world of Mergers and Acquisitions? Join the first annual Big Data Visualization Contest: a program from February until April 2014, jointly organized by the NJIT College of Computing Sciences, The School of Management, and S&P Capital IQ.

What is the M&A case about?
Imagine that the CFO of Google® asked you to help him find the next potential acquisition target! Teams of 3-5 students will be using financial data, research, and analytics from S&P Capital IQ to learn about Google and the software/hardware space. Then, teams will come up with a strategy for Google®, potential companies to be acquired, and data visualization tools to illustrate their findings. As an interim goal, teams will collaboratively build a pitch book using S&P Capital IQ’s new document builder, and present it to a panel of judges from the high ranks of S&P Capital IQ and NJIT. Finally, on Innovation Day at NJIT, these pitches will be transformed into poster presentations, and winners will be picked.

Who can participate?
NJIT undergraduates with a keen interest in business and technology

Sounds like an interesting challenge. But what’s in it for me?
By participating in this contest, you will expand your knowledge of investment banking and finance, learn how to use financial data and analytics, improve your teamwork abilities, polish your presentation skills, and network with professionals in the financial services and technology industries.
Okay, great. But what about tangible awards?
We’ve got those too! Every participant who makes it to the final pitch on April 11th will receive a $200 cash prize, and will be considered for an internship opportunity at S&P Capital IQ. The winning team will be determined on Innovation Day (April 11th). Each winner will walk away with a brand new iPad Air.

I’m interested, where can I sign up?
You can sign up here, and attend the official Kick-off on February 12th at 2:30 pm at GITC, 4th floor, CCS Cafe to confirm your participation and learn more. There will be FREE food!

I have a question, who can I contact?
Come to our Office Hours (see below) and get an answer right away.

Can’t make it? For S&P Capital IQ-related questions, such as where you can find a dataset on the platform, or anything that has to do with technology, email For questions related to forming teams, contest rules, getting feedback on your ideas, etc., email Michael Ehrlich: or Billy McDermott:

What are the Office Hours?
Office Hours with Professor Michael Ehrlich: every Mon. 10am-12noon, the School of Management (CAB/Library building, room 4025)

Office Hours with S&P Capital IQ: every Wed. from 2:30pm-3:30pm via Webex and dial-in, information will be emailed to confirmed participants.