Competitions for MBA Students

Student CompetitionsCompetitions provide students with real-world experience, as well as the opportunity to meet industry leaders and improve their teamwork skills.

These competitions are often transformative for Chicago Booth students and help them pursue meaningful careers in the sector.


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Information on upcoming events related to student competitions is listed on the Rustandy Center’s events page. To view a webinar explaining the different impact investing competitions, click here (video).

The MBA Impact Investing Networking and Training (MIINT) program is an experiential learning opportunity for students at leading business schools to source and conduct diligence on early-stage impact investments. Booth student teams compete in the Booth finals for the opportunity to participate in the MIINT national finals, where each team will present their recommendations to an investment committee composed of impact investors.

This competition is intended for Booth students who are serious about exploring a potential near-term or long-term career in impact investing, and want to devote significant time to deal sourcing and diligence of potential impact investment opportunities. Please note that students applying for MIINT are required to attend the Rustandy Center’s Perspectives in Impact Investment event on November 2-3. Students should be prepared to dedicate several hours a week to the competition from November through March and must also submit a number of deliverables. We strongly recommend that at least half of participating team members have some exposure to finance/investing, either through Booth courses, undergrad courses, or work experience.

RSVP to attend the Perspectives in Impact Investment session »

Apply to participate by Monday, October 22 »

Questions? Contact Will Colegrove.

The Invest for Impact Case Competition is a one-day competition that allows student teams to play the role of impact investors.

This competition is intended for students who want hands-on experience conducting diligence into potential impact investments. It is less intensive than MIINT, and will not require external deal sourcing. Students should be prepared to dedicate 5-10 hours in preparation prior to the event and must be available to attend the finals in Chapel Hill, NC in mid-February 2019.

Apply to participate by Monday, October 22 »

Questions? Contact Will Colegrove.

New in 2018, the Total Impact Portfolio Challenge is a competition designed to inspire the next generation of at-scale capital mobilization to address the world’s critical challenges. 

This competition is designed for Booth students who are interested in developing hands-on experience in aligning investment portfolios to financial and social impact goals. Students should expect to hone their due diligence, portfolio construction, monitoring, and risk management skills through this competition. Participating students must also be available to participate in the Total Impact Finals in Philadelphia in April 2019. Student teams should have prior exposure to due diligence, portfolio construction, and investment management, either through Booth courses, undergraduate courses, or work experience.

Note: Students must form their own teams of three to five in order to apply for this competition. Indicate interest in forming a team »

Apply to participate by Monday, October 15 »

Questions? Contact Will Colegrove.

The Aspen Institute’s Business & Society International MBA Case Competition focuses on finding innovative solutions to social, ethical, and environmental problems facing real businesses. Booth students compete to be one of the five teams selected to present in front of the Aspen Institute and its corporate and academic partners for a share of more than $35,000 in scholarship funds.

Booth students can apply to participate in the 2019 Patagonia Case Competition, hosted by the University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business and Patagonia. Finalists compete for cash prizes and the chance to present and travel to California to Patagonia’s headquarters.

Stay tuned for more details »

The Sterling Partners Investment Thesis Challenge encourages students to form teams to conceive and propose an original investment thesis. A limited number of teams will subsequently be selected to work with mentors at private equity firms over a span of three months, during which time they will develop an investment thesis based on proprietary research and recommend an execution strategy.

The Venture Capital Investment Competition is the world's largest venture capital competition, with more than 70 universities competing. The University of Chicago participates in both the undergraduate VCIC (uVCIC) and MBA-level VCIC global competitions. The program is a student-run Winter Quarter event at Chicago Booth.


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