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2017 Kellogg-Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge
Fri, April 7, 2017, 1:30 PM – 6:00 PM EDT
Please join us for the 2017 Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge, where teams from graduate programs around the world will present institutional-quality investment strategies with the potential to deliver positive social or environmental impact along with competitive financial returns. This event is designed to push the boundaries of sustainable investing and stimulate thoughtful conversation about the future of the field.
- Keynote address
- Presentations by the four finalist teams
- Awards presentation and reception
About the Competition
The Kellogg-Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge harnesses the power of capital markets and student creativity to create positive impact in a world of perpetual resource scarcity and continued population growth. Every year, the Kellogg School of Management and Morgan Stanley partner to host the challenge where teams of graduate students from around the globe develop and pitch creative financial approaches to tackle our world’s most pressing challenges.
Contestants must propose and defend a strategy that uses finance and investment tools rather than an operating enterprise to address an environmental or societal challenge. The competition is an opportunity to apply core finance principles to target the economic, social and environmental challenges that drive the field of sustainable investing. Pitches might focus on areas like water, energy, food, social mobility, climate change, education or healthcare, among others. Contestants are encouraged to apply the entire spectrum of investment tools, styles and asset classes.
The Kellogg-Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge seeks to identify the next generation of sustainable finance practitioners, connect emerging leaders with industry professionals, and foster even greater emphasis on sustainability at graduate schools around the world. The Challenge has engaged over 1,000 students from 100+ global academic institutions. Top ideas have included a REIT structure to address food shortages due to grain storage waste in India, a fund to provide solar energy to First Nations, a debt vehicle to increase vocational education access in India, an outcomes-based security to mitigate the diabetes epidemic in the US, and a fund to remediate contaminated land in the US through reforestation. To date, several of the ideas presented at the Challenge have continued to move forward translating their concept into action.