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Strategic Partnership With 

About Harrison Street Real Estate Capital

Harrison Street is a leading investment management firm exclusively focused on alternative real assets. Headquartered in Chicago and London with offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia, the Firm has more than 260-employees and nearly $56 billion in assets under management. Clients of the Firm include a global institutional investor base domiciled in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Latin America.

Relationship with the University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Harrison Street currently has 35 employees who are University of Wisconsin alumni or current students. Since the company's inception, more than 60 University of Wisconsin alumni have worked at the firm

  • Hosted both the Real Estate Club and Women In Real Estate (WIRE) to visit their office in Chicago

  • Chris Merrill, Co-Founder, Chair and CEO of Harrison Street, received the Graaskamp Visionary Award at the Wisconsin School of Business 

About the Harrison Street x REPEC Case Competition

The Harrison Street Case Competition, spearheaded by REPEC's Faculty Advisor Mark Eppli, featured judges from Harrison Street and representatives from other Real Estate Private Equity firms. Teams of undergraduate and master's students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the top-ranked real estate program in the United States, were invited to participate in this case-based real estate competition. This provided an opportunity for the students to work alongside leading industry executives and gain real-world experience.

In this year's Fall Case Competition, 13 teams of 5 members each (53 students total) competed. The competition involved evaluating the purchase price and valuation of a Student Housing asset in Madison, Wisconsin. The students were tasked with developing an asset business plan and value of the property at the end of a five-year hold period, as well as pitching to a panel of judges from Harrison Street, Capital One, Colliers, and Wisconsin Graaskamp Center.

2023 Competition Winners

Congratulations to all the finalists of the case competition:


First Place: Evan Walczyk, Brenna Paul, Alex Lortscher, Thomas Dupont

Second Place: Keegan Crapitto, Monika Multhauf, Anna Zimmerman, John Shea

Third Place: Aidan Witte, Aidan McCarthy, Finley Wistom, Noah Heller

Fourth Place: Kevin John, PJ Sitzer, Avery Berry, Penny Berens

See this article for more information about our Case Competition!

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