Net Impact Competition 2014


February 21–22, 2014

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

  1. $17,500 in prize money!
  2. Amazing networking opportunities with MBAs from across the globe and professionals from a wide-range of industries.
  3. Discounted lodging in historic downtown Boulder at the Boulderado Hotel.
  4. 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


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.


First Round

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

Competition Rules

Multiple Team Submissions

  1. There is no limit to the number of teams any school may enter for the first round
  2. No overlapping: students may only compete on one team
  3. A maximum of three teams from any one school will be able to move on to the final rounds in Boulder, CO
  4. Cooperation between teams from the same university is not allowed; each team needs to work completely independently

Team Composition

  1. Teams are to be composed of four graduate students from each participating institution
  2. A minimum of three students must be enrolled in your respective school's MBA program
  3. The other member may be a student in a different graduate program in your university
  4. The team MUST consist of the same four students that will compete in the final competition in Boulder, should your team advance
  5. In compelling cases, teams my substitute one member between the First-Round and final competition
  6. If unavoidable, teams may participate in the final competition with three MBA students

External Input

  1. NO human input (outside of the four-person team) is allowed. Failure to abide by this policy will be grounds for disqualification
  2. This includes, but is not limited to conversations, emails, or other contact regarding the case, deliverable(s) or contact with the company involved in the case
  3. Schools that submit multiple teams are not allowed to consult with other teams from their university or any other faculty member

Faculty, Coaches, Advisers, etc

  1. Teams are not allowed to receive input from faculty, coaches, advisers, or third-party consultants to aid them in their analysis of deliverables, or to attend live rounds
  2. The participation of faculty, coaches, advisers, etc. or their assistant(s) are grounds for disqualification

Case Material

  1. Do not contact the company in the case, or anyone directly affiliated with the case
  2. Please do not consult faculty members in your case research


  1. Presentations will be judged based on your ability to analyze the information presented in the case, and clearly and effectively communicate a recommended course of action that is well-grounded in fundamental business principles. That is, finance, marketing and sustainability

First Round Submissions

  1. Submissions for the first round are due back to us no later than Wednesday, December 4th at 11:59pm Mountain Time.
  2. Upon release of the first case your team will receive detailed instructions on format and submission procedures.

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 ( 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:
  •   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.

Schedule Overview


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

2014 Semi-Finalists and Finalists

2014 Finalists
  • University of Georgia (1st Place)
  • University of Notre Dame (2nd Place)
  • Purdue University (3rd Place)
  • Texas Christian University
  • University of Arizona

2014 Semi-Finalists
  • Babson
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • HEC Montreal
  • Indiana University
  • The Ohio State University
  • Tulane
  • UCLA
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Utah
  • University of Washington




  • Nicole Reed, Leeds MBA
  • Laura Harvey, Leeds MBA
  • David S. Payne
    Leeds Faculty Sponsor

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