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  • Davide Accomazzo

Training Our Students for a Career in Private Equity

Updated: May 23, 2020

Our MEET ITALY co-founder, Davide Accomazzo, wears his academic hat in this video which shows his involvement in the strategic partnership between his school, Pepperdine University and Private Equity firm Bryant Stibel.

In 2018, the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School launched two, seven-week classes preparing a select group of students for an internship opportunity with Bryant Stibel, a private equity and alternative investment firm. The program was created to provide an experiential learning environment that is real, preparing the students to work on actual deals. The classes are open to MS in Applied Finance, MS in Applied Analytics, and Full-Time MBA students and enrollment to the classes is competitive. Out of a pool of 75 students who applied, 27 students were selected for module one and 14 students for module two. Six students were selected for the internship in 2018.

This year, the program followed a similar approach with 25 students in the first module and 17 in the second module. All 17 students presented investment ideas to Bryant Stibel's team and 4 students were chosen for the internship this summer. In addition, students were given an opportunity to present to the president of the LA venture association as well as two executives in the Venture Capital community.

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