Case Competitions

Experiential Learning

Sustainability-Driven Case Competitions

NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business is eager to organize hands-on student challenges as well as support students participating in outside case competitions related to sustainable business

Applying Classroom Lessons to Real-World Challenges

At CSB, we encourage students to build on what they learn in the classroom to develop innovative business solutions that address our most difficult global challenges. To do so, MBA students have the opportunity to participate in case competitions both at NYU and beyond. Recent accomplishments by NYU student teams include:

In 2020, a group of NYU Stern and Wagner graduate students took first place in the 2020 Kellogg-Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge. The team proposed an innovative new exchange-traded fund centered around companies with substantial hiring, skills development, and supply chain policies in favor of refugees.

In 2019, a group of Stern MBA students took third place in the Aspen Institute Business and Society International Case Competition. This marks the third year in a row that Stern made it the finals, having won first place in the competition in 2018 and placing third in 2017. Stern also previously won the competition in 2013. The 2019 team developed a proposal for the Connecticut Green Bank and its affiliated non-profit that would allow both organizations to become financially sustainable while achieving their missions of providing clean energy and energy efficiency programs to Connecticut citizens.

Upcoming Case Competitions

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Neuberger Berman ESG Investing Challenge

Students from NYU Stern, Columbia Business School, and Kellogg Northwestern will work with mentors to identify publicly listed equity investments whose business objectives are aligned with the ESG theme and are expected to generate positive financial performance (as a dual objective). Finalists will present virtually to a panel of Neuberger Berman judges who will select the winning team(s), which will receive a financial prize from Neuberger Berman. Registration ends on October 7

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Past Case Competition Opportunities

OZ Challenge 2019

NYU Stern Opportunity Zone Challenge (Fall 2019)

Inspired by a new and highly anticipated economic development program called Opportunity Zones, the NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business challenged Stern MBA and other NYU graduate students to propose innovative and practical ways to drive sustainable development that qualify under the new regulations. There was a grand cash prize of $10,000.

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Patagonia Case Competition

Patagonia Case Competition

In this annual competition, graduate students from across the US tackle the interconnected business and sustainability aspects of a current, real-life issue facing the outdoor gear retailer Patagonia. In 2018, a team of Stern and NYU Wagner students received honorable mention for social empowerment out of a total of 10 finalist teams.

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Aspen Challenge

Aspen Institute Business and Society International Case Competition

The NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business supports students in the Aspen Business & Society Case Competition. In 2019, Stern MBA students took third place. This marks the third year in a row that Stern made it the finals, having won first place in the competition in 2018 and placing third in 2017. Stern also previously won the competition in 2013.

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Kellogg-Morgan Stanley Case Competition

Kellogg-Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge

In 2020, more than 308 students from over 34 countries and 74 schools proposed novel financial instruments to create positive impact. A group of NYU Stern and Wagner graduate students took first place, having proposed an innovative new exchange-traded fund centered around companies with substantial hiring, skills development, and supply chain policies in favor of refugees.

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