student wins top honors in national case competition
Mandell '66 (L) presents award to Howard Green '01
Green '01 took first-place in the inaugural Kauffman/Angell
Center for Entrepreneurship National Case-Writing Competition.
The competition was open to students who participated in the
Kauffman Entrepreneur Internship Program and awarded the student
who wrote the best teaching case based on his internship.
The competition's finals were held at Wake Forest University's
Babcock Graduate School of Management on Jan. 26-27.
the cases submitted will find use in MBA classrooms to teach
entrepreneurial concepts. The cases focused on resolving conflict
within start-up and high-tech companies, deciding when to
start a new venture and obtain financial resources, and dealing
with fast-growth issues when a business approaches bankruptcy.
Stan Mandell '66, director of the Angell Center, said the
process of writing teaching cases based on their internships
allowed students to bridge the gap between theory and practice.
received $5,000 for earning first place. He wrote his teaching
case about his internship at Sourcelight Technologies, Inc.,
a software development company located in Evanston, Ill. The
company developed a collaborative filter that can recommend
products based on the preferences of consumers and ratings
of other products. Recently, the company's CEO was fired.
Green's case study focused on why and how the shareholders
made this change, and it allowed students to decide what they
would do if they were in the situation.
said he used the same methodology that he observed being taught
in Professor Steven Rogers' Entrepreneurial Finance class.
Green also interviewed the ex-CEO of Sourcelight, taking his
cue from Rogers' practice of bringing in CEOs to discuss their
the award, Green noted his pride in being associated with
Kellogg. "Representing Kellogg was an honor I can barely
do justice to. I have learned so much from the faculty and
fellow students here, and knowing that I had them in my corner
gave me confidence to take on the challenge."