The Leeds Net Impact Case Competition (NIC) is the premiere MBA competition focused on solving real world sustainability business cases.
Application Deadline: November 20, 2013
Virtual Round: December 7, 2013
Final Round: February 21-22, 2014
The Leeds Net Impact Case Competition (NIC) is the premiere MBA competition focused on solving real world sustainability business cases. NIC attracts top-rated business schools and future industry leaders to Boulder, Colorado for the two-day event. The competition is an opportunity to bring together students, executives and businesses that share a common commitment to sustainable business practices and financial returns.
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2014 Highlights Include
- $17,500 in prize money!
- Amazing networking opportunities with MBAs from across the globe and professionals from a wide-range of industries.
- Discounted lodging in historic downtown Boulder at the Boulderado Hotel.
- Chance to sample some of Boulder’s best sustainable products.
We look forward to hearing from everyone who is interested in competing. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions at email@example.com.
Registration has closed for this year’s competition. Please follow the competition on Facebook check back in October 2014 for next year’s registration information.
The first round consists of an online submission of a short deck formatted PowerPoint presentation. The submission requires teams to creatively analyze a particular issue (not the same for the final rounds). Teams, which consist of four students, will have 12 days to complete the case and return the deliverable to us for judging, which will be done by Colorado business professionals and professors.
Semi-Final and Final Round
The semi-final round will consist of the top 20 teams from the first round. The 20 teams will be divided into five groups and compete against other teams for a spot in the final round. Teams will be given the semi-final and final round case, which is the same, before they arrive in Colorado. Once in Colorado, the teams will be given an opportunity to ask Johns Manville representatives questions that may help with their case analysis. On Saturday morning of the competition, teams will present their PowerPoint presentation to the final round judges. Of the 20 teams that advance to the semi-finals, five teams will qualify for the finals. The finals will allow the teams to present their presentation to a new set of judges. The top three teams will be awarded a CASH Prize. The finals judges will be comprised of C-Level executives from sustainability, energy and academia.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Timeline & Costs
February 7, 2014
The final case will be posted on February 7, 2014. Final case presentations will be due no later than 8:00AM on Saturday, February 22.
Friday-Saturday, February 21-22, 2014
Competition Semi-Finals and Finals in Boulder, CO
The finalist teams should plan to be in Boulder and checked into the Hotel Boulderado by 5:00PM on Friday, February 21th. When booking your room at the Hotel Boulderado, please tell them that you are with the University of Colorado Net Impact Case Competition to receive the special rate.
Most major airlines fly into Denver’s airport (http://www.flydenver.com/) however, it is a major hub for United, Southwest, and Frontier. You will need to get yourself to and from the airport to Boulder, but we will provide shuttle service to and from the Boulderado to the Leeds School of Business for the presentations on Saturday.
There are several ways to get from the airport to Boulder:
- • Super Shuttle:
- o Main page: http://www.supershuttle.com/
- o Fare Quote to Hotel Boulderado:
- • RTD (Public Bus):
- o Upon exiting the airport, follow signs to “RTD” which is located on the 5th traffic island in the passenger pick-up area. This typically takes about an hour and is $11, one-way. The route to Boulder is AB and you would exit the bus at the Boulder Transit Center. From there, it is a quick walk down 13th street to the Hotel Boulderado. Please refer to the schedule to plan accordingly: AB (Airport to Boulder) Bus Schedule.
- • Car Rental:
- o Most major car rental agencies are represented at the Denver airport. You will not need a car for the weekend once you arrive in Boulder.
5 – 6:30 PM (Approx.) Registration and Cocktail Reception
6:30 – 7 PM (Approx.) Welcome by Leeds School of Business
7PM – 9PM (Approx.) Q&A session and Final Competition Instructions
8AM – Noon Semi-final Presentations
Noon – 1 PM Lunch Break
2 PM – 5 PM Finals Presentations for Top 5 Teams (open to public)
6:30 – 7:30 PM Cocktail Hour
7:30 – 9:30 PM Award Banquet
10PM After-Social in Downtown Boulder