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2024 Real Estate Challenge

Saturday, April 13

Holland & Knight, 150 N Riverside Plaza, Suite 2700, Chicago, IL

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The Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation’s Annual Real Estate Challenge matches teams from selected universities in a competition focusing on a high-profile development/redevelopment project. Each team is assigned the same case site and provided the same essential information and assumptions about the property. The students’ development plan must constitute a comprehensive analysis and conclusion of how to maximize the potential of the property from both a quantitative (financial) and qualitative (feasibility) standpoint. The winning team(s) receive a $7,500 scholarship.

The team can range in size between 3-5 students (minimum of 3, maximum of 5). To create a diverse and comprehensive strategy, we encourage you to build a diverse discipline team (including real estate development, finance, design, law, urban planning, construction, etc.).


Challenge Logistics:
  • Wed, Oct 18th (4pm CST) – Initial Sign-Up Due
  • Fri, Jan 15th (4pm CST) – Full-Team Sign-up Due
  • Wed, Jan 24th (9am CST) – Case Distribution, Virtual Site Tour & Virtual Call
  • Sat, Feb 10th (TBA CST) – In-Person Site Tour (Midwest City – TBA)
  • Sat, Mar 2nd (4pm CST) – Purchase Price/Bid Due
  • Fri, Apr 5th (4pm CST) – Investment Summary (PDF), Presentation (PDF), Model (Excel) Due
  • Sat, Apr 13th (TBD) – Final Presentations (Chicago

*All dates and times are subject to change

2023 Real Estate Challenge Winners:
Undergraduate Winner – University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Graduate Winner – Roosevelt University


Donate to fund the educational endeavors of the Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation – programs like our Real Estate Challenge – and help open doors and close the opportunity gap for the next generation of industry leaders.

Thank You to our Real Estate Challenge Sponsors

The Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation
1460 Techny Road, Northbrook, IL 60062
847-433-3050   info@eisenbergfoundation.org