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J.P. Morgan to sponsor International Impact Investing Challenge

Mar 07, 2011

Press Release

International Impact Investing Challenge:
MBA Students Create Sustainable Investment Portfolios in New Competition

Kellogg School of Management and Johnson Graduate School of Management challenge
next generation of investment managers to earn competitive returns from investing
for social and environmental impact

Impact investing is a growing field in the financial sector, with new investors focusing on business growth opportunities from products and services that address social and environmental issues. To help MBA students – tomorrow’s investment professionals – hone their skills in this emerging field, the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University have launched The 2011 International Impact Investing Challenge.

The competition will challenge MBA students to achieve economic returns by identifying and executing investment strategies that support progress on global impact issues. Teams from a dozen top MBA programs are participating in the Challenge, competing for more than $40,000 in awards in a final event at J.P. Morgan in New York City on April 8.

“The goal of the competition is to fuel interest for impact investing as an investment strategy that’s attractive to mainstream investors, while underscoring environmental and social impact,” said Jamie Jones, associate director of the Social Enterprise at Kellogg (SEEK) program at the Kellogg School.

The 12 student teams will pitch their investment ideas to a panel of experienced investors and senior officers who currently manage family foundations, pension funds and university endowments.

“This competition is exciting and unique because it challenges MBAs to think about how we employ capital so that competitive investment returns flow from the value created by solving our biggest problems – poverty, climate change, ecosystem degradation – with innovation and entrepreneurship,” said Mark Milstein, the director for Johnson’s Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise.

The International Impact Investing Challenge is sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, J.P. Morgan, the McCall Foundation, Equilibrium Capital Group, the Calvert Foundation, Impact Assets, and the Milken Institute.

“Supporting the Challenge is just one example of J.P. Morgan’s strategic approach to impact investing,” said Christina Leijonhufvud, head of J.P. Morgan’s Social Finance business, which commits to investments that generate social, environmental and financial returns. “We recognize that there is a crucial role for large-scale financial institutions to play in bringing financial services, capital, research and skills to this growing segment of the global economy.”

“This Challenge is part of a broader commitment for building this sector and creating new opportunities in capital markets,” said Dave Chen, managing principal at Equilibrium Capital Group. “MBA students bring remarkable energy, insight and innovation to this field, and it’s our hope that involvement in an event like this will help students find ways to create the next generation of impact investing.”

Information about International Impact Investing Challenge, Judging Event:

Friday, April 8, 2011

J.P. Morgan
383 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10017

8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Semi-final Presentations
2:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.: Final Presentations and Award Reception

Anderson School of Management, University of California Los Angeles
Booth School of Business, University of Chicago
Columbia Business School, Columbia University
Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University
Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
Said Business School, University of Oxford
Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford University
Stern School of Business, New York University
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

More Info: To obtain a press pass to the event or to schedule an interview, contact Betsy Berger at To learn more about the International Impact Investing Challenge, visit For more information about the Kellogg School of Management, visit For more information about the Johnson Graduate School of Management, visit


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