HOLT Community Competition

The HOLT Community Competition is now closed. The next iteration will launch shortly.

Join for the opportunity to win a CFA Exam Sponsorship and further develop your unique set of skills! Are you new to the HOLT Community? We recommend all participants to first take the Online Game of the HOLT Valuation Challenge.


Cloud computing: who will survive the competition?

Cloud computing, a new computing architecture that makes efficient use of centralized hardware resources at lower costs and with increased flexibility is rapidly emerging in the technology industry. Companies increasingly prefer to obtain highly specialized computing services from cloud based service providers so that they can focus on their core competency. Given today's uncertain, complex and ambiguous global environment it is very difficult for any organisation to be sure they will outperform their competition.

What if a company develops a core technology or non-substitutable asset that could not only defend itself from the competition but also enable the organisation to continue to grow and prosper? What if a company chooses to sell itself to a giant player and expand its business with support from its parent company?

View the complete topic here including the ARB Guidance for further insights on how to approach the task.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 23.59 in the last time zone (UTC-12)

You can submit an essay (max 1'000 words) or a video (max. 3:30 minutes). Check out the Submission Prep for more information regarding your work.


Participants can receive an exceptional set of rewards!

CFA Sponsorship
Win a sponsorship for the CFA exam level of your choice (Level I, II or III).

Earn further chances to interview for projects, internships, co-ops or full-time positions with Credit Suisse HOLT and their affiliates.

HOLT Lens™ Premium
Receive access to HOLT Lens™ Premium for the duration of the challenge and benefit from its insights.
Request your license here.

Need a refresher on the HOLT Lens™ investment tool? Have a look at HOLT Education for the tutorials.


Take a seat at the top table! This is your opportunity to engage and challenge world-renowned guests in our live sessions on a topic connected to this competition. Top performers of the HOLT Community Competition and leading active HOLT Community members will be selected
by the ARB to participate in the debates.


The session introduced a role-play for the student panelists to address the topic of share buy backs in the case of Apple Inc. The session featured:

HOLT Debate: Apple Share Buybacks - August 2015


It's David vs. Goliath - Tesla Motors vs. Volkswagen! The HOLT Debate connected expert panelist
Prof. Pascal Gantenbein of the University of Basel with three leading HOLT Community Members:

HOLT Debate: Tesla vs. VW - April 2015


The first HOLT Debate on "The valuation of Tencent Holdings" connected Prof. Raghavendra Rau, University of Cambridge, with four leading HOLT Community Members:

HOLT Debate: The valuation of Tencent Holdings - December 2014

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