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.
We are very pleased to announce that the sponsor of our 13th annual competition is Johns Manville, a Berkshire Hathaway Company!
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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.
The early registration deadline is November 9, 2013 at 5pm (MDT). Prior to the deadline, registration fees will be $160 per team.
The final registration deadline is November 20, 2013 at 5pm (MDT). Prior to the deadline, registration fees will be $200 per team.
Please note that YOUR REGISTRATION IS NOT COMPLETE until you have made payment. After completed the survey at the above link, please call Olga Platitsyna at 303.492.3032 with your credit card 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
October 24-26, 2013
Net Impact National Conference in Silicon Valley, CA – we will have a table at the Expo on the 25th, so please stop by. Discounted entry fees are available there! ($160 per team is the discounted price until November 9th)
Wednesday, November 20
$200 entry fee for first-round competition is due to administration office of Leeds School of Business by close of business day (5pm Mountain Time). Late payment may result in a reduced amount of time to complete the case. So please, get your money in sooner than later.
Saturday, November 23
Case Materials: The case, template Power Point slides for the deliverable, and instructions will be e-mailed to each team's contact person.
Saturday, November 23—Wednesday, December 4
Prep Time: Teams prepare analysis for case using the template Power Point slides, provided by Leeds, for final deliverable.
Wednesday, December 4, at 11:59pm Mountain Time
Due Date: First-Round deliverable due back via email for judging. NO late submissions will be accepted.
Monday, December 9
Results from the First-Round announced.
Monday, December 17
$850 entry fee due for the advancing teams.
(Please take note that this is a short turnaround from the time that we announce the advancing teams. It would be good to make pre-arrangements for the case that you are selected for the next round.)
Friday-Saturday, February 21-22, 2014
Competition Semi-Finals and Finals in Boulder, CO