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NYU Stern Sustainable Business Pitch Competition

In the 2021 Competition sponsored by Eddie Stern, students will address how to leverage the private sector to produce accessible, affordable, and healthy food in NYC

About the 2021 Competition

The Sustainable Business Pitch Competition harnesses the innovative thinking of mission-driven students to leverage the power of market-based solutions to build a better world. Open to Stern MBA students in collaboration with other NYU graduate students, the Competition focuses on developing actionable business plans that create positive social and environmental impact in tandem with competitive financial and economic value. 

In its OneNYC 2050 strategic plan released in April 2019, the Office of the Mayor of New York City outlines goals to provide better access to nutritious and accessible food. But with a majority of the focus on nutritional programs and purchasing guidelines, there is an opportunity to strengthen the city’s efforts around local food production and access through multi-stakeholder collaboration and private sector financing. With its leverage and resources, the private sector can play a critical role in expediting and implementing scalable urban food system innovations, developing a new industry and job market to help drive NYC’s economic renewal.

In the Spring 2021 Sustainable Business Pitch Competition, student teams will address how to produce accessible, affordable, and healthy food in New York City, competing for a total prize purse of $15,000.

  • Teams will propose new demonstration projects for local food production in NYC that are situated at the nexus of private sector, government, and community engagement.
  • The $15,000 total prize purse will be distributed across three finalist teams.
  • The Competition will entail two rounds: one written submission and a final live presentation via Zoom (see important dates below).
  • Teams will have the opportunity to attend educational sessions led by experts in relevant fields and receive coaching during both rounds.
  • To be eligible, teams must consist of between 2 and 4 NYU graduate students. At least 50% of the team must be enrolled in the Stern MBA program. For example, teams of two must consist of at least 1 Stern MBA student, and teams of 3 or 4 must consist of at least 2 Stern MBA students. Teams may include any combination of part-time, full-time, executive, and dual degree students.

How to Participate

  • Register for the virtual Information Session on February 11th, 2021 at this link.
  • Team signups will open on February 11th and close on February 23, 2021.
  • Reach out to Eliza Heeks at with questions.

Important Dates

Thursday, February 11

Information Session

Tuesday, February 23

Team Sign Ups Due

Friday, February 26

Competition Kick-Off 

Week of March 8

Virtual Expert Sessions

Week of March 15

Coaching Sessions

Monday, March 29

Round One: Written Submissions Due

Monday, April 5

Semi-Finalist Teams Announced

Week of April 12

Coaching Sessions

Monday, April 19

Round Two: Semi-Finalist Virtual Pitches & Judging

Friday, April 23

Winners Announced


About the Competition Series

The Sustainable Business Pitch Competition is organized by the NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business with sponsorship by Eddie Stern. In the Fall 2019 competition, more than 50 NYU graduate students from Stern School of Business, Schack Institute of Real Estate, and Wagner School of Public Service proposed sustainable and community-oriented business and real estate development plans optimized for Opportunity Zone investment for a New Bedford seafood company. Read about the 2019 program here.