My path to winning the 2016 CommonBond Social Impact Award

I co-founded Kheyti in May 2015 with the vision of helping smallholder farmers overcome poverty using the right combination of technology products and services. We designed a “Greenhouse-in-a-box”: an affordable, modular greenhouse bundled with services that can help farmers earn a steady weekly income. By February 2016, the results of our fundraising efforts through competitions… Continue reading

Leveraging customer insights to win Kellogg’s Real Estate Venture Competition

To prepare for the Kellogg Real Estate Venture Competition (KRECVC), our team, Envoy Physicians, knew that we needed to fully understand the challenges faced by our target tenants: primary care providers. Based on interviews with physicians, we learned that today’s primary care providers are under an extraordinary amount of pressure to squeeze more patients into… Continue reading

The power of a strong, diverse team

As we began our journey through the Executive Leadership Council Case Competition, our first step was to establish a strong, well-rounded team. The competition centered on devising a talent management strategy for a F100 company, and as we discovered in our research, diversity of thought and cultural background correlates positively with a number of desirable… Continue reading

A winning marketing strategy

By Emily Pallotta Imagine a Top 3 Global Food and Beverage company — Kraft Heinz — asking you about a 125-year-old, $1 billion-plus revenue coffee brand that you probably drank the last time you were in your grandmother’s kitchen. How would you position this brand to win with omnipresent ‘millennials’, the same demographic so many… Continue reading

Our path to a case competition victory

By Ankita Baxi “It’s here!” Our team captain excitedly included that message while forwarding us the case for Kellogg’s Annual Healthcare and Biotech Case Competition. As we all read the topic, we started to share a flurry of ideas, opinions and observations over email. The topic of the case was whether direct-to-consumer (DTC) marketing is… Continue reading

How we won Ben Graham Centre’s International Stock Picking Competition

How did you get comfortable with the replacement value analysis? Why does this business have a more durable competitive advantage than its peers? Why is short interest so low?

These are some of the questions our Kellogg team of Alex Acosta, Anish Pasari and Will Manderscheid received after our final round presentation for Ivey Business School’s Ben Graham Centre International Stock Picking Competition. The competition features 25 teams of MBA students from top business schools around the world who vie for $17,500 in cash prizes.

Launching a social venture at Kellogg

This past fall I joined three of my MMM classmates in a case competition. Two quarters later, what started as a distraction from studying is blossoming into a real business. We secured more than $16,000 (and counting!) of initial funding, we have a great set of advisors and potential partners and we are planning to launch our first pilot this summer.

So how did we actually get here?

Our journey to winning ‘Best Impact Investment’ at the MIINT competition

Do we build a strong case in our presentation for the short- and long-term social impact of this app?

Do we clearly state the incredible market opportunity?

These were some of the questions we were asking each other on the last night before the MIINT competition, where we would deliver our final pitch in front of an investment committee.

This impact investment journey started in September 2014, when our six-member team (female strong!) was selected to represent Kellogg in MIINT: Duda Cardoso ’16, Ashley Luse ’15, Jamie Lu ’16, Blair Pircon ’16, Rebecca Sholiton ’16 and Alexandra Korijn ’15. MIINT is a program hosted by Bridges Ventures and the Wharton Social Impact Initiative to educate the next generation of impact investors.