Silver Oak Investment Thesis Challenge

2017-18 Silver Oak Investment Thesis Challenge

With the support of Silver Oak Services Partners, the Silver Oak Investment Thesis Challenge at Kellogg encourages students to form teams to conceive and propose an original investment thesis. Over a span of six months, teams will work with senior professionals at Silver Oak with guidance from a faculty mentor at Kellogg to develop an investment thesis and recommend an execution strategy.


Who can participate? The Challenge is open to all first-year, second-year, one-year (1Y) and Evening/Weekend students at Kellogg (participants must be current students, additional minimum course requirements are detailed below).

What do students gain? Hands-on experience developing an investment thesis with mentorship from private equity professionals, course credit and a potential cash prize at the conclusion of the Challenge.

Who is Silver Oak Services Partners? Silver Oak is a middle market private equity firm based in Evanston. The firm focuses on making investments in the U.S. in middle market business, consumer and healthcare services companies. Silver Oak is currently investing out of its $335 million Fund III. More information about Silver Oak can be found at

For more information, please contact Debbie Brauer at