The Michigan Alpha Project (MAP) was started by Leon LaBrecque of LJPR, LLC in partnership with John Moore and Walsh College in an effort to offer Walsh students some of the best real-world investing experience possible. LaBrecque has personally provided $100,000 of his own money for Walsh students to manage in a portfolio consisting exclusively of Michigan stocks.
Why Michigan? Michigan is one of the fastest growing states in the U.S., and Michigan-based stocks have provided stellar performance coming out of the downturn. In fact, Michigan-based stocks have a market cap of over $377 billion, slightly larger than Ireland and Israel combined. Simply put, Michigan is one of the world's premier emerging markets.
Why Walsh? Walsh College is one of the nation's premier upper-division business schools. Walsh has also recently built a state-of-the art finance lab, featuring 12 Bloomberg stations and a collaborative video wall to provide an unprecedented learning environment. The lab is a huge step in providing new opportunities for student participation and led to the development of the MAP.