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

This challenge, founded by Kellogg in 2011, harnesses the power of capital markets and student creativity to create positive impact in the world. Finalists travel to a financial capital to present their proposals to a panel of experienced investors and officers.

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Kellogg Biotech & Healthcare Case Competition

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.

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Kellogg Innovation Network (KIN) Challenge

In this challenge, KIN thought leaders collaborate with select Kellogg students to develop innovative solutions to complex industry problems.

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VentureCat (formerly Northwestern University Venture Challenge)

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.

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Social Venture HUB Impact Challenge

For this challenge, student teams develop innovative ideas for social ventures that provide viable solutions to specific problems. Teams are evaluated based on how impactful, insightful, feasible and executable their ideas are.

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Other Competitions

Kellogg students participant in events that bring together members of the larger business school community.


Aspen Case Competition

Business school students tackle a case study that intersects corporate profitability and positive social and environmental impacts.

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Global Social Venture Competition

The Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) provides aspiring entrepreneurs with mentoring, exposure, and $50,000 in prizes to transform their ideas into businesses that will have positive real world impact. In 2015, GSVC received more than 500 entries from nearly 40 countries. Previous years’ finalists include Husk Power, Revolution Foods, and d.light design.

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Hult Prize

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.

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Invest for Impact Competition

The Invest for Impact Competition (formerly known as SVCIC) is NOT a business plan competition! The Invest for Impact experience includes a wide variety of challenges in a WIN-WIN-WIN convergence of three elite groups: top socially-minded and visionary MBA students, sustainably-minded entrepreneurs and successful impact investors, each of whom has much to learn from the others.

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MBA Impact Investing Network & Training (MIINT)

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. The application is available here.

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New Venture Championship

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.

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Quinlan Social Enterprise Competition

The Quinlan Social Enterprise Competition encourages an entrepreneurial spirit focused on the common good and allows participants to build new value and competitive advantage by addressing community needs through new business development. Social enterprises today must take into account not only profitability, but also the business’s impact on the environment and people in the society.

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The Global Challenge

The Global Challenge 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 Global Challenge 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.

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