The International Impact Investing Challenge is a pitch competition focused on designing investment vehicles that create sustainable impact and are of the size and scope to attract institutional investors. Graduate students are challenged to propose and defend a sustainable impact investment strategy that uses finance and investment tools to create an innovative solution to an environmental or societal challenge. I3C is an opportunity to apply the core principles in the MBA finance curriculum to solve some of the most challenging issues of our times: water, energy, food, a growing middle class, climate change, education, healthcare.
I3C was created to shape the next generation of finance professionals interested in a career in impact investing, to link students with impact investing industry professionals, and to influence the discussion in finance groups at business schools around the world. I3C teams are encouraged to think across and apply the entire spectrum of investment tools, styles and asset classes to address this challenge. I3C is about harnessing finance and student creativity to create instruments of positive impact and change.
Teams of graduate students are invited to submit a two-page prospectus by 3/14/2013 at 5:00 PM CST that outlines an innovative financial vehicle for impact investment that would be of interest to an institutional investor. The proposal should appropriately address the guidelines provided. From submitted proposals, ten finalist teams will be announced by 3/27/2013. These teams will present their proposal to a panel of judges at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. on 4/26/2013. A selection panel of experienced investors and officers who currently manage family foundations, pension funds, university endowments, etc. will review the pitches. Judging criteria reward high performance, sustainability-driven investments with social or environmental impact. Portfolios are judged for an understanding of the interdependence among business, society and the environment for a competitive advantage.