2013-2014 Competition Successes

Global Venture Labs Investment Competition
May 1, 2014

Global Champion

Innoblative Designs: Tyler Wanke '15, Jason Sandler ’15
With aspiring entrepreneurs soliciting start-up funds from experienced investors, the VLIC, the world's premiere new business competition, simulates the real-world process of raising venture capital. MBAs from business schools around the globe present their business plans to panels of investors. From among myriad offerings is selected the best new-venture opportunity. Innoblative has innovated the treatment of breast cancer by designing an ablation probe that will allow surgeons to perform an intra-operative procedure that destroys residual cancer cells in minutes instead of weeks, does not require dangerous ionizing radiation, and dramatically reduces treatment costs compared to conventional therapy.
Walmart Better Living Business Plan Challenge
April 11, 2014

2nd Place

Better Together: Sam Faycurry, SESP '16, Emily Gipple ‘15, Katharine Yeskey ‘15
Walmart believes that today's businesses must take into account not only the profit potential of a new venture or product, but also the effect it has on the environment and on people. The Walmart Better Living Business Plan Challenge provides a forum for students to take their idea for a sustainable product or business solution and make that idea a reality. Better Together's mission is to help seniors age in place (in their homes). They accomplish this mission by facilitating woman-to-woman home sharing between seniors with extra bedrooms and compatible, responsible adults seeking affordable housing.
Rice Business Plan Competition
April 10, 2014

4th Place and Women’s Health Prize

Innoblative Designs: Jason Sandler ’15, Tyler Wanke ‘15
This team won 4th Place overall and the Women’s Health Prize at the world’s largest graduate-level student startup competition. Innoblative is innovating the treatment of breast cancer by delivering therapy in minutes instead of weeks, for a fraction of the cost, and without dangerous ionizing radiation.
Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge
April 4, 2014

1st Place

Fresh Coast Capital: Nicole Chavas ‘15, April Mendez '16, Laura Kimes ‘15, Nathen Holub ‘14,
This competition focuses on developing institutional-quality investment vehicles that seek positive environmental or social impact and competitive financial returns. Fresh Coast Capital proposed a fund that would lease brownfields from municipalities and then plant the land with hybrid poplar tree farms. The poplars would remove soil contamination, thereby restoring the land’s value and that of surrounding properties. In addition, the trees also could be harvested for commercial use in the pulp, paper, and biomass power industries.
Clean Energy Challenge
April 2, 2014

1st Place, Clean Energy Award

Meter Genius: Ty Benefiel '14, Hillary Hass WCAS ‘14, Yan Man TGS ‘16
Funded by Chicago real estate developer McCaffery Interests Inc., Meter Genius won the Clean Energy Award for their technology which leverages smart meter data to help consumers reduce their energy use.
MBA Impact Investing Network & Training competition (MIINT)
March 21, 2014

Best Investment and Best Impact

Zoila Jennings ’14, Jennifer Wittig ’14, Cindy Ye ’15
MIINT provides students with impact investment training and first-hand experience with the impact investment process. In this annual program and competition, MIINT engages a network of student-led MBA teams at prominent business schools across the country in an impact investing competition. Approximately 200 students from 10 business schools source and conduct diligence on early stage impact investments, and present them to an Investment Committee of leading venture capital professionals. The Kellogg team backed Jail Education Solutions, a startup founded by Kellogg and Northwestern Law grads that provides tablet-based educational services to help inmates get their lives back on track and won the Best Investment and Best Impact awards for their work.
Stu Clark Investment Competition
March 14, 2014

2nd Place

Innoblative Designs: Jason Sandler ’15, Tyler Wanke ‘15
This competition is Canada’s premiere business competition, and is judged by senior leaders and executives from a variety of private and public sector organizations. This year, the competition welcomed 16 graduate student teams from across North America – and one from as far away as Thailand. Innoblative won with their plan to treat breast cancer by delivering therapy in minutes instead of weeks, for a fraction of the cost, and without dangerous ionizing radiation.
Wharton Private Equity Buyout Case Competition
February 21, 2014

1st Place

Emma Gergen ’14, Keith Roux '14, Garrett Greer ’14, Ben Kaplan ’15 and Andrew Welch ’14
This competition is the largest MBA-level leveraged buyout (LBO) case competition in the world with teams representing over 20 top MBA programs. Teams were given just 5 days to analyze Abercrombie & Fitch and prepare a 30-minute presentation for a panel of judges. In addition to the competition itself, participants meet and network with PE-focused MBA students from around the world at a number of receptions surrounding the main event. The Kellogg team won based on their recommendation to purchase Abercrombie for a 35% premium to last Friday’s closing price. Their presentation, which recommended aggressive reductions in store count / average store size, reviving the brand through new marketing initiatives and bringing in a CEO with more turnaround experience, was determined to be the best by a panel of 9 senior professionals from the private equity industry.
Adobe Digital Analytics Competition
November 22, 2013

1st Place

Esther Fang '14; Jason Shangkuan '14; Susmita Saha '14
3rd Place
Lauren Edmonson '14; Nathalie Rollandin '14; Michela Wilde '14
4th Place
Iris Chae '14; Trinh Nguyen '14; Alejandro Navarro Garcia '14
More than 90 teams from 11 universities submitted presentations to the Adobe Digital Analytics Competition. In Adobe's words, Kellogg “dominated” the competition, taking first, third and fourth place in the finals, as the teams sought to build a digital strategy for Wired.com using the tech magazine’s site data.