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

2020 Timeline: 17th Annual University Challenge

Fall 2019: Planning Begins

Call for sites: We want to hear from you! Submit your site idea to NAIOP by November 1.

February 2020: Sponsor Solicitation Begins

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

April 16, 2020 (tentative): Presentation to NAIOP Audience

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.

Connect with NAIOP Minnesota's University Challenge Committee

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

Co-Chair: Carl Brandt, Great Southern Bank
Email Carl | (763) 255-1657


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