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Welcome to the Business for a Better World Case Competition!

Are you an MBA student looking to build knowledge and expertise in the sustainability field? Would you like a chance to showcase your ideas in Switzerland to a panel of esteemed judges?

Then the Business for a Better World Case Competition is a great opportunity for you! This year teams will be challenged with placing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals at the heart of a global bank’s strategy, while also growing market share. Registration will open Friday September 22, 2017.

Business for a Better World Case Competition, an international contest now going into its fifth year, is a partnership between Corporate Knights, the company for clean capitalism, and the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto. With a prize pool in 2016/2017 of $10,000, the final round of this MBA competition will see three top teams present their case analysis in front of a live panel of high-profile judges in Davos, Switzerland, coinciding with the World Economic Forum in January.

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Questions? Please contact mbacontest [at] corporateknights.com.

 


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Timeline & Process

September 22, 2017 – Contest opens for registration until October 13. Team registration fee is $200. (To register a team, go to bottom of page)

October 2 – Case details are released, officially launching Round 1 of the competition.

October 13 – Contest registration closes.

October 27 (5 p.m. EST) – Round 1 submissions are due. (Detailed Requirements and Format Specifications will be outlined in the case competition release October 2). Of teams that participate in Round 1, SIX will be selected to advance to Round 2.

November 3 – Six teams advancing to Round 2 are notified. These remaining teams will be given 21 days to prepare a more detailed business plan, building off their proposal from Round 1. Submissions due by November 30.

November 30 (5 p.m. EST) – Deadline to submit detailed business plan from Round 2. Of teams that participated in Round 2, THREE will be selected to advance to the Round 3 finals.

December 6  – Three teams from Round 2 will be notified that they have advanced. For the final round, they will prepare and present their business plan in front of a panel of judges in Davos, Switzerland, in January 2018.

January 2018 – Presentation Day in Davos! Each competing team’s presentation can be no longer than 10 minutes in length and will be followed by a brief Q&A session with judges. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams will be announced the same day, along with prizes.

 

Team Requirements

Teams must consist of a minimum of three students and maximum of four students. The majority of members of any team must be an MBA student, either part-time or full-time, and all must represent the same business school. We will also accept Masters-level students focused on business and sustainability (please contact mbacontest [at] corporateknights.com to confirm).This contest is open to all business schools worldwide, but all submissions must be in English.

There is no limit to the number of teams that can enter from each school.

 

Judging

An internal committee assembled and led by the research staff at Corporate Knights will oversee Round 1 judging. Six teams will be selected to proceed to Round 2. Note that the names of team members and the schools represented will be removed from submissions to eliminate potential conflict of interest among judges. The same internal committee, in consultation with outside experts, will review detailed business plans of the six teams that advanced to Round 2. Again, the names of team members and the schools represented will be removed from the submissions to eliminate potential conflict of interest among judges.

Three teams will be selected to advance to the Final Round to take place in January in Davos, Switzerland, in front of a panel of high-profile judges. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams will be announced immediately after all teams have presented.

 

Prizes

The three teams that advance to the final round will be granted two nights of accommodations in/near Davos, Switzerland. Students/schools that advance to this round are expected to cover their own flight costs, acquire travel visas (if necessary) and cover other expenses.

Prize for Winning Team: $6,000 (Cdn.) + crystal trophy for school

Prize for 2nd Place Team: $3,000 (Cdn.)

Prize for 3rd Place team: $1,000 (Cdn.)

 

Registration

Registration will open September 22, 2017.

 


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Last year’s winners: Middlebury Institute of International Studies takes First Place

Congratulation to the team from Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey who came out on top at this year’s case competition in Davos!

A team from Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill came 2nd and a team from Toronto’s Schulich School of Business came 3rd.

This year teams were challenged to design a global equity portfolio that would advance the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals while also maximizing returns for investors (see additional case details here). Check out the presentations from the 3 finalists below.

  1. Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
  2. Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University
  3. Schulich School of Business, York University