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.

Opportunity Zone Challenge winning team

Fall 2019 Opportunity Zone Challenge Sponsor Eddie Stern and CSB Director Tensie Whelan with the First Place winning team. Read more about the challenge below.


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.
 

Case Competition Opportunities

To learn more about any of the following case competitions, please reach out to us at sustainablebusiness@stern.nyu.edu.

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. To learn more about the 2019 Opportunity Zone Challenge, click here.
 

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.

Learn more about the Patagonia Case Competition here.
 

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.

The Aspen Institutes' Business and Society International MBA Case Competition is an opportunity for students from 25 business programs worldwide to reflect on the significant influence - and potential for good - that a well-managed business can have in society. With a prize pool of approximately $35,000 - unmatched in the MBA case competition circuit - Aspen's program aims to communicate that social, environmental and ethical issues are not at the periphery of business; indeed, they are central to business growth in the 21st century.
 

Kellogg-Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge

Every year, the Kellogg-Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge invites teams of graduate students from around the world to develop and pitch creative financial approaches to tackle pressing social and environmental challenges.
 
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.