Financial Modeling World Championships 2014

Invitation to register for ModelOff’s Financial Modeling World Championships 2014

A guest post by John Persico, Executive Director at ModelOff. As a lead organizer of the event, John invites you to take part in the 2014 Excel Modeling World Championships.ModelOff's Financial Modeling Word Championships 2014

Invitation to the Financial Modeling World Championships 2014

We’d like to invite the Clearly and Simply community to the annual Excel and Financial Modeling World Championships 2014 Event (ModelOff).

The advanced Excel educational competition helps celebrate Excel in Financial Services.

The fun, challenging and innovative competition has a mission to inspire skill development with Microsoft Excel, Financial Modeling and Financial Analysis which is central to global businesses and communities. The competition showcases some of the fastest, hard-working and talented Excel minds from 100+ countries. Round 1 starts on 25th October 2014.

Summary of Event

Over 3,000 participants competed in the ModelOff 2013 event.

Financial Modeling Word Championships - Finals 2013

Major Global Partners and Sponsors are: Microsoft, Intralinks, S&P Capital IQ, Kaplan Education, Bloomberg, AMT Training, Corality and Ernst & Young.

Participants come from diverse companies and jobs – such as Analysts, Associates and Managers at Investment Firms and Accounting Firms, CFOs, Analytics Professionals, In-House Excel/VBA Gurus and Consultants with a shared passion for Microsoft Excel and Finance. 

Students comprise ~35% of all entrants worldwide – most studying Commerce, Accounting, Finance and Masters university qualifications. The countries most represented have typically been: United States, UK, Poland, Russia, Canada, Australia, India and Hong Kong.  Female participation is ~20% of all competitors – hopefully higher this year.

The reigning champion is Hilary Smart (26) from London.

How It Works

The ModelOff competition involves two online qualification rounds (2 hours each) conducted simultaneously around the world. The Top 16 performers are flown to New York for the Live Finals at the offices of Microsoft and Bloomberg in early December 2014. Questions are mostly case study and multiple choice format – with some ranging from a basic understanding of discounted cash flow (DCF) analysis, 3-way integrated cash flow models to more complex project finance and simulation techniques.

Some basic Accounting, Finance and Excel knowledge is likely needed to progress to Round 2.

Free Training and Preparation

All past questions and tests from ModelOff 2012 and 2013 are free and available on the ModelOff website.

The organizers believe in accessible excellence and this can be a great starting point for anyone looking to become involved for the first time and improve their advanced Excel skills in Financial Services and Financial Modeling.

We actively encourage all participants to visit all our community partners, bloggers, our major global sponsors during and following the event for their own learning, mentoring and professional development.

Competitors in the Top 10% of ModelOff 2014 will be eligible for exciting local and international opportunities, offers from community partners and fun learning experiences (e.g. trips to Microsoft in Redmond). We’re also hosting free networking events in major financial centers including Hong Kong, London, Sydney, New York and regional meetups in the coming months for anyone interested in networking and mentoring with Excel users in their local cities.

Entry to the competition is $20 for students and $30 for professionals.

If you are interested, please register now.

John Persico is one of the lead organizers of the ModelOff event. John can be contacted by email. Get involved at

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