University Securities Investment Team
University of Texas at Austin's largest premier investing organization.
The University Securities Investment Team (USIT) was founded in 2010 by Forrest Wilkinson and Harvey Powers to address a need at UT for comprehensive investing teaching. USIT’s mission was and remains the engagement of students in an educational and interactive atmosphere that promotes personal, occupational, and academic growth through active securities investing.
Since its inception in 2010, USIT has grown from a small handful of members to UT’s largest, premier investing organization with a $40K+ student-run portfolio and 300+ members of all majors. From general meetings to analyst groups to industry funds, USIT offers its members numerous avenues to learn and pursue their interests. Members of USIT have gone on to pursue investment banking, consulting, entrepreneurship, private equity, corporate finance, and graduate school, just to name a few.
Additionally, USIT provides interested members with supplementary training in quantitative finance and applied data science through its Quantitative Market Intelligence (QMI) division. By enabling all members to advance highly-sought after technical skills, QMI empowers USIT members to become quantitatively intelligent investors and business leaders.
Due to our strength as both an educational and social organization focused on expanding the opportunities of students interested in finance, we have been named as McCombs' Most Outstanding Organization in 2012, 2015, and 2017 and Finalist for Best Professional Organization in 2018 UT Swing Out Awards.
With some of the brightest and hard working peers you can ask for and an alumni network spanning the nation, USIT is an organization that we readily welcome you to join.
Through sponsorship from the Financial Education and Research Center and Business Honors Program office, USIT sends its members to national pitch competitions across the country. USIT teams succeed and place at these competitions with unparalleled consistency using skills gained from USIT's educational curriculum. Attending national pitch competitions is an opportunity to learn and compete with the brightest undergraduate minds in finance and network with established industry professionals that only USIT offers.
Where our Members go
After completing the USIT curriculum or serving as a USIT leader on SCG, QMI, or Board, our members go on to succeed and accomplish great things at companies around the world. Below is a selection of the places where our members have gone:
Test your skills at one of our three flagship events.
TEXAS CHarity pitch
Texas Charity Pitch, or TCP, is an annual competition where teams of undergraduate students pitch a charity as they would pitch a stock. Students choose a charity and present its causes, finances, management, and effectiveness before a panel of esteemed judges. As the first major competition held by USIT, TCP allows students to build experience in pitching and researching -- all for a good cause. Winning teams will receive a donation to their charity of choice of up to several thousand dollars from our sponsors. The competition was held on October 27, 2018.
Texas stock pitch
The Texas Stock Pitch Competition, or "TSP", is a chance for students who have practiced the art of investment research and presentation to show their skills to a panel of judges comprised of seasoned industry professionals from around the nation, representing investment banks, private equity firms, hedge funds, and more. This year's corporate sponsors will be Point72 Asset Management, a $13B hedge fund, and Vista Equity Partners, a $30B private equity firm. Held once every year, TSP gives the UT student community the chance to develop their investment research and pitching skills by learning from professionals that have made a career out of doing so, not to mention a chance to earn up to five thousand dollars in prize money. This competition will be held on March 9, 2019.
Texas shark tank
Texas Shark Tank (TST) is a one-of-a-kind entrepreneurial case competition hosted by the University Securities Investment Team and Longhorn Entrepreneurship Agency. TST gives UT students the chance to pitch a business idea to a panel of angel investors and investment professionals. Students will come up with their own business idea and develop a business plan/implementation strategy to pitch to judges. The format of the competition and prizes change from year to year. This event will be held on April 20, 2019.