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Kellogg-Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge
April 09, 2021

The Kellogg-Morgan Stanley 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.

Description
Every year, the Kellogg-Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge invites teams of graduate students from around the world to develop and pitch creative financial approaches to tackle pressing social and environmental challenges.

The Challenge identifies, empowers, and inspires the next generation of sustainable finance practitioners and connects them with leading industry professionals.

The Challenge
Devise a Novel Financial Instrument
to Positively Impact the World

2020 Focus on Plastics

In addition to our broader call for proposals inviting creative financial approaches to social and environmental issues, the 2020 Sustainable Investing Challenge is encouraging concepts that target plastic waste. This new-for-2020 opportunity is in keeping with Morgan Stanley’s Plastic Waste Resolution and commitment to facilitating the prevention, reduction and removal of 50 million metrics tons of plastic waste from entering rivers, oceans, landscapes and landfills by 2030. Proposals that address the issue of plastic waste will be eligible for an additional prize of $5,000 in addition to eligibility for the annual top and runner-up prizes for the overall competition.

Graduate students from around the world are invited to participate in the Kellogg-Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge. Teams are limited to a maximum of four members, all of whom must be enrolled in a graduate program at the time of the prospectus submission.

Key Dates for 2021
January 17
Deadline to Request Optional Mentor
Our network of sustainable finance experts is available to give you feedback on your proposal prior to submission (not required for submission).

February 13
Prospectus Submissions Due
Turn in your team's prospectus to officially enter the competition.

March 2
Finalists
Announced
Teams moving on to the final event will be notified, and will receive additional feedback and resources to turn your prospectus into a pitch.

April 9
Final
Event
The 2021 finals will be held either virtually, or, global conditions permitting, at the Morgan Stanley headquarters in New York City

Teams
Teams of graduate students from around the world are invited to participate. Each team is limited to a maximum
of four members, all of whom must be enrolled in a graduate program at the time of the prospectus submission.

Winning Criteria
The following criteria are applicable to both the first and final rounds of the competition:
- Creativity & Financial Innovation (25%)
- Impact and Scale (25%)
- Feasibility (25%)
- Quality of due Diligence and Financials (20%)
- Presentation (5%)
Organizer
Northwestern University - Kellogg
Morgan Stanley
Prize
Overall Winner: $10,000 and invited to attend and present on a panel at the Milken Global Conference in Los Angeles ($12,500 value per person)

Runner-up: $5,000

Best Plastics Waste Proposal: Proposals that address the issue of plastic waste will be eligible for an additional prize of $5,000 in addition to eligibility for the annual overall and runner-up prizes