Kellogg-Led Competitions

Competitions allow students to use their talents to explore solutions to complex challenges facing society.

Kellogg and Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge

Host Organization: Kellogg & Morgan Stanley
This challenge, founded by Kellogg in 2011, harnesses the power of capital markets and student creativity to create positive social and environmental impact in the world. Finalists travel to a financial capital to present their proposals to a panel of experienced investors and officers. The 2020 competition is focused on plastic waste.

Application Date (if applicable): February 20, 2020
Final Competition Date (if applicable): April 17, 2020 (New York City)

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VentureCat - Social Impact Track

Host Organization: Northwestern University
Open to NU students across all schools, this business pitch competition seeks to provide capital and mentorship to the best student startups. It offers six tracks: Business Products and Services, Consumer Products and Services, Green Energy and Sustainability, Life Sciences and Medical Innovations, Social Enterprises and Nonprofit, and Transportation and Mobility.

Application Date (if applicable): April 10, 2020
Final Competition Date (if applicable): May 20, 2020

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Kellogg Biotech & Healthcare Competition

Host Organization: Kellogg
This annual competition, founded in 2003, brings together top students from around the world to address a case focused on a biotech and/or healthcare issue.

Application Date (if applicable):
December 6, 2019 (Past)
Final Competition Date (if applicable): January 25, 2020 (Past)

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Impact Investing and Sustainable Finance Competitions

Total Impact Portfolio Challenge

Host Organization: Wharton School of Business & Total Impact Capital
Business school students with an interest in pursuing a career in impact investing have the opportunity to design and execute a portfolio that uses capital to solve social issues. 

Application Date (if applicable): October 21, 2019
Final Competition Date (if applicable): May 13, 2020 (Philadelphia)

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Host Organization: MIINT (MBA Impact Investing Network and Training)
This venture lab gives students practical, hands-on experience as an early-stage impact investor. Throughout the program, students 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, with one company being selected for a $50,000 investment. Students apply individually and are selected to be part of a 3-5 person team with an assigned advisor.

Application Date (if applicable): N/A or Not Available
Final Competition Date (if applicable): N/A or Not Available

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Invest for Impact Case Competition

Host Organization: UNC Kenan-Flagler School of Business
The Invest for Impact Case Competition, hosted by the UNC Kenan-Flagler School of Business, allows business students hands-on opportunities to assess, finance, and measure impact in socially responsible investing. Students work in teams to draft investment recommendations for three social entrepreneurs currently seeking funding.

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Final Competition Date (if applicable): April 2-3, 2020 (Chapel Hill)

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A4S International Case Competition

Host Organization: University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management
Students work in teams to propose market-driven financial products, solutions, or mechanisms that produce financial returns and deliver on environmentally sustainable goals.

Application Date (if applicable):
January 25, 2020 (Past)
Final Competition Date (if applicable): March 27-28, 2020 (Toronto)

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Social Impact Case Competitions

Map The System

Host Organization: University of Oxford
Map the System is a chance for students and recent graduates to learn more about the issues they care about, and to present their findings to a broad audience. Tackling global challenges with credibility starts with understanding a problem and its wider context – rather than jumping straight into a business plan or an idea for a quick fix. Participants in the Map the System are asked to demonstrate a deep understanding of a pressing social or environmental issue by mapping out the landscape of the current solutions and identifying missing opportunities for positive change.

Application Date (if applicable): February 5, 2020 (Sign Ups Due); March 25, 2020 (Proposal Due)
Final Competition Date (if applicable): June 5-7, 2020 (Oxford)

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Aspen Case Competition

Host Organization: Aspen Institute
Business school students tackle a case study that intersects corporate profitability and positive social and environmental impacts.

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Patagonia Case Competition

Host Organization: UC Berkeley Haas School of Business & Patagonia
Business students across the United States compete in teams to propose viable business solutions to a sustainability issue that outdoor retailer Patagonia is facing. The case changes annually.

Application Date (if applicable): January 15, 2020
Final Competition Date (if applicable): April 8-9, 2020 (Ventura, CA)

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Creative Shock

Host Organization: Creative Shock
The Creative Shock Case Competition allows students all over the world the opportunity to solve cases for socially responsible industries.

Application Date (if applicable): Passed for this cycle; around October 6 every year
Final Competition Date (if applicable): Passed for this cycle; November 28 - December 1 each year

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Net Impact Case Competition at CU Boulder

Host Organization: Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado, Boulder
This competition allows graduate students the opportunity to solve real world business issues with solutions that lead to positive social, environmental, and financial impacts.

Application Date (if applicable): Past / Not Published
Final Competition Date (if applicable): February 29, 2020 (Boulder)

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Host Organization: HEC Montreal
Teams of MBAs from around the world gather in Montreal to find financially-viable solutions for businesses to contribute to the betterment of social causes.

Application Date (if applicable): February 21, 2020
Final Competition Date (if applicable): March 20-21, 2020 (Montreal)

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Microsoft Community Impact Pitch

Host Organization: Net Impact and Microsoft
Students propose solutions to address important social issues in their communities as they vie for prize money and project implementation funds from Microsoft. Students who participate will gain important insights and feedback from leaders at Net Impact and Microsoft, as well as will gain experience in collaborating between local stakeholders and external donors to ensure that the solution proposed is as impactful as possible.

Application Date (if applicable): December 13, 2019 (Past)
Final Competition Date (if applicable): N/A

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Social Innovation and Social Venture Competitions

New Venture Championship

Host Organization: University of Oregon, Lundquist College of Business
New Venture Championship (NVC) is presented annually by the University of Oregon’s Lundquist College of Business. It is the original six-round business competition for graduate students. NVC has evolved into the premiere international entrepreneurial investment competition since it was founded in 1992.

Application Date (if applicable): February 12, 2020
Final Competition Date (if applicable): April 16-18, 2020 (Portland, Oregon)

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Host Organization: Hult Prize Foundation
The Hult Prize Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to launching the world's next wave of social entrepreneurs. It encourages the world's brightest business minds to compete in teams to solve the planet's biggest challenges with innovative ideas for sustainable start-up enterprises. Annual Hult Prize winners can make their ideas reality with the help of USD1 million in seed funding.

Application Date (if applicable): December 17, 2019 (Past)
Final Competition Date (if applicable): September 2020 (United Nations)

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Clean Energy Prize

Host Organization: MIT
Clean Energy Prize at MIT is the longest running environmentally-focused startup competition for university students. Teams of students propose business ventures that align with one of four sustainability tracks (Generate, Deliver, Demand, Move), and receive mentoring from industry leaders in fine-tuning their business proposal.

Application Date (if applicable): January 17, 2020 (Past)
Final Competition Date (if applicable): April 3, 2020 (MIT)

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Cisco Global Problem Solver

Host Organization: Cisco
The Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge allows teams to propose early-stage and innovative technology solutions to social and environmental problems.

Application Date (if applicable): January 17, 2020 (Past)
Final Competition Date (if applicable): N/A; Winners Announced May 27, 2020

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Industry-Specific Competitions

Energy in Emerging Markets Case Competition

Host Organization: Duke Fuqua School of Business
This competition challenges students, academics, and industry professionals to find innovative and business-based solutions to energy issues facing the developing world.

Application Date (if applicable): N/A
Final Competition Date (if applicable): November 11/12 (Past)

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Education Case Competition - Academy Group

Host Organization: Academy Group
Teams from Kellogg and Booth will present proposals for increasing the impact of the Academy Group, a Chicago organization working with under resourced youth on business and leadership skills, in order for them to unlock their full potential. Students

Application Date (if applicable): Registration (Past); November 11, 2019
Final Competition Date (if applicable): November 20, 2019

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Challenges in Energy

Host Organization: UCLA Anderson School of Management
Teams of MBA students from across the country work to propose solutions to a current or emerging energy issue in a case studies competition.

Application Date (if applicable): February 16, 2020
Final Competition Date (if applicable): February 27, 2020

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CleanTech Challenge

Host Organization: London Business School, University College London
The CleanTech Challenge asks students from around the world to propose innovative ideas that will lead to positive environmental impacts.

Application Date (if applicable): January 31, 2020
Final Competition Date (if applicable): April 23-24, 2020

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