The KIN Challenge is a new program designed to provide the opportunity for thought leaders to engage Kellogg students in solving complex challenges currently facing their industries. Three high-profile participants from KIN have been selected to work closely with student teams during the Spring Quarter. The challenge is not a consulting project or business plan competition; instead it is a partnership between student teams and KIN thought leaders to develop thought-provoking innovative solutions to tackle big strategic questions.
MBA Impact Investing Network & Training (MIINT)
Do you want to be an impact investor? Or are you an aspiring social entrepreneur who wants to understand what the capital raising process is like? The MBA Impact Investing Network & Training (MIINT) program is an impact investing venture lab designed to give students a practical, hands-on experience in being an early stage impact investor. Throughout the program, you will create an investment thesis, source and conduct diligence on early stage impact investing opportunities, prepare an investment memo, and present on a selected early stage company. Ultimately, an investment committee will select one company for a $50,000 investment.
NU Venture Challenge is Northwestern’s largest business pitch competition, open to all of Northwestern’s schools and disciplines. It seeks to provide capital to the best student startups and to present these terrific start-ups to the Northwestern, Evanston, and Chicago communities. NUVC is the cornerstone event of Northwestern’s entrepreneurial community, as it provides valuable educational experience and idea-exchange, thereby fostering commercialization, new venture formation, and hands-on experience in entrepreneurship.
U.S. Cellular Innovation Challenge
The U.S. Cellular Innovation Challenge identifies a relevant issue and asks challenge participants to come up with an innovative solution. Teams of three are asked to submit short, two-page proposals detailing their solutions. The competition is judged by senior leaders from the U.S. Cellular Innovation Group.
Venture Capital Investment Competition
The Kellogg Venture Capital Investment Challenge (VCIC) was first introduced during the 2012-2013 academic year, and is sponsored by the Kellogg Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative (KIEI). The purpose of the challenge is to select the team that will represent Kellogg in the regional VCIC
, run by the Kenan-Flagler Business School of the University of North Carolina.
The Kellogg VCIC during the 2014-2015 academic year took place in January. In advance of the Kellogg VCIC, students received training on how VC firms conduct due diligence, prepare term sheets, and negotiate with entrepreneurs. Kellogg VC alumni provided practical feedback, coaching, and judging for the Kellogg VCIC.