Annual University Real Estate Challenge

Founded in 2003, the annual University Challenge is a highlight event for NAIOP Minnesota.

Student teams from regional universities are charged with pitching a deal to potential investors that involves the most profitable yet feasible project that maximizes value while achieving the highest risk adjusted return. The teams are asked to address a development plan, construction timeline, budget, pro-forma, leasing plan and schedule, financing plan and market analysis.

2019 Team Proposals & Student Resumes

2019 Timeline

Fall 2018: Planning Begins

The University Challenge Committee forms. Members will confirm each school's participation and solicit ideas for a project site.

February 2019: Sponsor Solicitation Begins

University Challenge Committee members will reach out to past and prospective sponsors.

Thursday, April 11: Event — Cancelled*

University teams will present their proposals to the judging panel early that afternoon. The top three finalists will then present to the NAIOP Minnesota audience.

* NAIOP had to cancel the 2019 event due to travel conditions during the April snowstorm. The students put a lot of work into designing their proposals and presentations. View the team's proposals and the students' resumes.

2019 Event Details


Connect with NAIOP Minnesota's University Challenge Committee

Co-Chair: Brett Kramer, Johnson Financial Group
Email Brett | (612) 851-0334

Co-Chair: Mike Lowe, TCF Commercial Banking
Email Brett | (952) 512-6440

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