Cougar Strategy is a student-administered, in-house strategy consulting firm that helps students learn a clear set of valuable models and tools; apply those skills in a real, in-depth business environment; and go on to become effective contributors in a variety of professional roles.
Students participating in Cougar Strategy provide strategic consulting and advisory services to entrepreneurial firms and their venture backers, enterprise clients, emerging market businesses, and social value organizations. Participating partner firms gain access to students with skills in strategy analytics, strategy formulation and testing, and strategy implementation services. Business partners have access to mentored student teams and a structured consulting process to accelerate their business performance.
Cougar Strategy consists of nine credit hours over the course of three semesters. In the winter semester, interested students should take take a course that works with 4–5 startup organizations to develop strategies for effective growth. Out of that group, 15–16 students will move on to work the following year in Cougar Strategy, taking three credit hours in both the fall and winter semesters. Students will work on a variety of strategy projects, assume a leadership role within the Cougar Strategy organization, and engage in business development activities.