Innova Europe 2024: Renewing the Challenge for Sustainability

Following the success of the first edition, Innova Europe 2024 kicks off, calling students and alumni from major European business schools to identify innovative ideas and projects within the framework of the seventeen United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Under the banner “Welcome to INNOVA Europe: Shaping tomorrow’s solutions today!”  the competition was one of the standout initiatives of 2023, so much so that at the recent AMBA and BGA Excellence Awards, among the awards celebrating excellence in the business school ecosystem, it was “highly commended”.

Innova Europe’s Growth: from Three to Ten Business Schools involved

Building on these results, the lineup of business schools participating in Innova Europe has expanded from three to ten Business School involved: so alongside POLIMI Graduate School of Management our school, which led the way last year, and together with EDHEC Business School (Lille, Nice, and Paris), ESMT Berlin, we now have Aalto University School of Business (Helsinki)IE Business School (Madrid)Imperial College Business School (London)Kozminski University (Warsaw)KSE Graduate Business School (Kyiv)Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (Rotterdam) and UCD Smurfit School (Dublin). This year, the role of standard bearer falls to ESMT. The first round of the competition is a national phase, so for Italian students it will take place at our campus.

Prizes and Opportunities: from an Idea to a Concrete Project

Every winner of the national phase will be guided by their mentor to face the challenge in September against winners from other countries. The final will take place in Paris at Station F, the renowned French incubator. In addition to an Idea Stage, there is an MVP Stage with a winning prize of €20,000 and the opportunity to be mentored at a prestigious business incubator.

Sustainability is an International Challenge

Innova Europe represents a unique opportunity to transform ideas into concrete projects, actively contributing to a sustainable future. This challenge goes beyond individual entities; sustainability is a theme that concerns everyone. Therefore, it is even more significant that the challenge involves business schools from many countries. Not only does it facilitate a stimulating international exchange of ideas, but it also provides the chance to see the winning idea transformed into a tangible reality.
It’s an unmissable opportunity for those who aspire to shape the future through innovative and sustainable solutions.
Register now at Innova Europe and contribute to shaping tomorrow with your revolutionary ideas. The challenge is open, and the future is waiting to be written by brilliant minds like yours!

International Business Ethics and Sustainability Case Competition – Loyola Marymount University

The 2024 International Business Ethics and Sustainability Case Competition (IBESCC) will be a hybrid competition held online and on the Loyola Marymount University (LMU) campus during the week of April 8-12.

Teams of 3-5 students, graduate or undergraduate, compete in 3 competitions during the event: 

  • The 25 Minute Competition, in which teams will present their chosen business problem, an analysis of the ethical, sustainable, legal and financial aspects of a problem, and a viable solution on all fronts.
  • The 10 Minute Competition, in which teams will incorporate the suggestions from judges during the 25-minute presentation to give a 10-minute presentation expanding on the ethical aspect of the problem.
  • The 90 Second Competition, in which teams will give an elevator pitch explaining the importance of the sustainability component of the problem.

The online divisions will compete on April 8 and 9. IBESCC staff will work with each team to find a presentation time, accommodating schedules in different time zones. The in-person competition will convene April 10-12 in Los Angeles on the LMU campus. The winners for all divisions will be announced on the evening of Friday, April 12 at the Awards Ceremony, which will be live-streamed.

Registration for graduate and undergraduate teams is open until February 19, 2024.

Registration information and fees can be found on the 2024 Registration and Deadlines page. More details about the competition can be found in the Competition Overview and Additional Information pages.

If you have questions or would like to request financial aid to reduce or waive the registration fee, please contact us at or call Chiray Koo at (213)-268-0789.

“Power the Community” International College Design Competition

Do you want to make a difference in future innovative community building? Are you interested in engineering, business, architecture, urban design, public policy, sustainability, or all of the above? Do you want to compete to win over $31,000 in prizes?If any of these apply to you, we invite you to register for the “Power the Community” International College Design Competition, hosted by Energy Mentors!

Energy Mentors is a 501(c) nonprofit founded by past ExxonMobil Chief Process Engineer and UConn ’81 Alum, Don Victory, who built the organization to support and inspire the next generation of rising energy professionals.Energy Mentors, along with Founding Sponsors EY, Aspen Technology, and Chart Industries, Inc., and Software Sponsor MathWorks, invite ALL college students globally to join the “Power the Community” design competition.

This competition offers a unique chance to gain valuable skills, collaborate with peers, and create a positive impact in your community. Don’t miss out on this challenge to shape a brighter future. Good luck!

The Task

Design the energy infrastructure for a community of 2,000 families, each supported by the combined salaries of a nurse and a schoolteacher. Your design must be affordable, reliable, and sustainable, aiming to enhance community lives with clean, safe, and efficient energy access. No “professional” design experience needed!

The Design Challenge

The “Power the Community” design competition challenges student teams worldwide to design a livable community for 2,000 or more families. To succeed in this challenge, teams must take an integrative, cross-disciplinary approach to community infrastructure and housing design, focusing on achieving great living underpinned by affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy supply. 

​The competition is about integrating innovative approaches to energy and energy infrastructure at the community level. The scope includes how the community accesses energy sources, their distribution, and how families use energy in their homes. 

​The competition also requires designing a prototypical residence that exemplifies the community’s energy and sustainability practices in daily living. The residence should be affordable, energy-efficient, sustainable, and meet the local community’s needs.

​Additionally, teams can consider aspects of community planning, such as people transportation, water, and waste management, public spaces, etc.. Still, the primary focus should be energy use and infrastructure during daily living in the planned community.

Team Eligibility

  • Teams may form ad hoc and need not be officially sponsored by a university, or their university can sponsor them. 
  • Each team should have a team name and indicate their location, such as their university.
  • Teams can decide on the number of teammates themselves. 
  • Team members may include undergraduate students, graduate students, and persons who are not degree candidates. 
  • Teams may draw on the knowledge and advice from any resources they wish. However, faculty and working professionals should not contribute to directly producing results and deliverables.

Submission Guidelines

  • The community should be designed for approximately 2000 or more families. 
  • A typical family consists of around four people, plus or minus.
  • While the community could have a full range of income and assets, the target family should be able to afford housing and living expenses based on two employed adults: one being a nurse in a large hospital and the other a high school teacher. 
  • Consider that a typical family may have two young children, plus or minus, who could be of different genders and who will live in the housing unit from birth through high school. 
  • All components of the conceptual design must be available for purchase from worldwide sourcing as of the competition submission deadline.
  • The community design should consider access to food/groceries, drug, and other retail stores, manufacturing, offices, medical care, social meeting spaces, recreation, places of worship, etc. Such need not be provided within the new community, and if not, the design should consider people and supply chain flow.

Submission Deadline

May 15, 2024. That gives you ample time to brainstorm and refine your solution. The winning team receives a US$10,000 grand prize and the chance to showcase their design to industry experts. The total prize pool is US$31,000, rewarding the best submissions.

ICT For Circularity (ICTfC) Competition

The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI) at the American University in Cairo (AUC) School of Business in collaboration with Afretec Network Universities would like to present a groundbreaking competition entitled ‘ICT for Circularity (ICTfC)’. The competition invites students from Afretec network universities all over Africa to use advanced technology (ICT) to help businesses and public institutions use resources wisely. This means reducing waste, extending product lifetimes, and promoting ethical and sustainable practices for the benefit of both society and the environment.

The competition themes will require the students to work with the latest technologies like Big Data, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and the Internet of Things (IoT) to create practical solutions in their chosen area.

The Partners

UC Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The American University in Cairo’s School of Business kickstarted the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program (EIP) in 2010, a pioneering initiative in the MENA region. EIP played a vital role in spotlighting entrepreneurship’s impact on economic development, contributing significantly to Egypt’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. By fostering ideation and innovation, EIP supported startups across various stages, linking them with accelerators, incubators, and investors. In 2015, aligning with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, EIP evolved into the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI). This transformation expanded its focus to include critical themes such as gender, climate, and sustainability. Over time, entrepreneurship and innovation became central concepts for achieving key objectives like financial sustainability, employment, and gender equality. CEI’s evolution demonstrates that fostering entrepreneurship and innovation as a mindset can contribute to community development. Today, CEI stands as a respected brand in the ecosystem, serving as a go-to reference for stakeholders engaging with youth, women, startups, MSMEs, and underserved communities.

African Engineering and Technology Network (Afretec)

The African Engineering and Technology Network (Afretec) is a pan-African collaboration of technology-focused universities from across the African continent. The creation of Afretec is a defining moment for the digital transformation of Africa. The network will build a strong knowledge creation and educational infrastructure on the continent. It will also provide a platform for its members to engage in deep collaboration that drives inclusive digital growth in Africa. The purpose of Afretec is to create a platform for technology-focused universities in Africa to drive inclusive digital growth by collaborating on teaching and learning, knowledge creation, and entrepreneurship activities within the area of engineering and technology.

Key Focus Tracks:

The Environment Track

  • Regenerative agriculture and sustainable food production
  • Access to reliable, green, and affordable energy sources
  • Ensuring clean water and proper sanitation
  • Utilizing water energy
  • Food nexus applications and technologies

Social Track

  • Enhancing supply chain management with added value
  • Implementing sustainable waste management practices
  • Considering population and resource dynamics
  • Evaluating the impact of developmental projects on communities
  • Exploring other social impact avenues

Economic Track

  • Designing eco-friendly products through eco-design
  • Exploring shared economy models
  • Exploring other economic innovations

General Track

This track includes any other ideas that are related to the main competition theme, but does not fit perfectly in any of the first 3 tracks.

Objective & Rationale

The goal is to positively impact the planetary boundaries (PBs), considering factors like climate change, biodiversity, and more. The nine planetary boundaries are:

  1. Climate Change: Measures carbon dioxide concentration impacting global temperatures.
  2. Biodiversity Loss: Focuses on species extinction, vital for ecosystem health.
  3. Biogeochemical Flows: Tracks nitrogen and phosphorus cycles, critical for ecosystems.
  4. Ocean Acidification: 5-Absorption of excess carbon dioxide makes oceans more acidic, affecting marine life.
  5. Land-System Change: Concerns land conversion for human use, impacting habitats and biodiversity.
  6. Freshwater Use: Addresses consumption impacting rivers, lakes, and aquifers, affecting ecosystems and communities.
  7. Atmospheric Aerosol Loading: Involves microscopic particles affecting climate and organisms.
  8. Stratospheric Ozone Depletion: Protects the ozone layer, crucial for filtering harmful UV radiation.
  9. Novel Entities: Involves chemicals, new materials, and organisms with potential irreversible effects on Earth’s systems, including pollutants like plastics and genetically modified organisms.

Therefore, the students are encouraged to create prototypes and proof of concept for products, services, and systems that address critical issues in pollution, ecosystem degradation, social injustice, and climate change impacts.

2024 Health Tech Global Case Writing Competition


The William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan (WDI) cordially invites you to enter their competition and submit your academic business case study about a novel product or service technology appropriate for a low- and middle-income country (LMIC) setting that contributes toward improving, maintaining or monitoring the health of a given population.

The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the development and adoption of health technology in LMICs, including telehealth, remote monitoring, health data management, more efficient vaccine distribution, and digital literacy, among other innovations. According to a 2023 report from the World Bank, investment in digital solutions that improve access, value and affordability and value are critical for managing and delivering high-quality healthcare. According to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the emergence of  technologies in artificial intelligence, sensor networks, mobile communications, and bioengineering could be transformative to human health, especially in LMICs.

WDI Publishing is proud to offer a competition aimed at increasing the number of academic business cases available about this very important topic.

Why enter? Winning cases receive cash prizes and will be professionally published and distributed via WDI Publishing.

Please see our Submission Requirements for more information.

Competition Objectives

  • Encourage and reward the development of new business case studies that focus on novel health-related technology innovation appropriate for low- and middle-income country settings.
  • Publish higher education case studies that will help develop the necessary student critical thinking skills regarding the unique health-related technology needs of LMICs.
  • Accelerate global knowledge of novel health-related technology innovations being implemented by businesses in LMICs.


  • Individual students or student teams (graduate or undergraduate) and other professionals may enter, but must enter in collaboration with a faculty member or instructor from an accredited university/college, in the U.S. or internationally.
  • Individual faculty/instructors or teams from an accredited university/college (in the U.S. or internationally) may also enter.

Key Dates

  • Jan 17, 2024 (10am-11am EST): “Competition Overview & Case Writing Tips”REGISTER NOW
  • Jan 31, 2024: Intent-to-Enter forms due.
  • March 15, 2024: Final submission documents due.
  • July 2024: Public announcement of winners.

How to Enter

Accounting for Sustainability International Case Competition (A4SICC)

Established in 2018, A4SICC provides an opportunity for business and accounting students to develop, build on and apply their skills to solve sustainability challenges in a commercial business environment – helping in the transition to a sustainable economy.  

Every year the case focuses on a different aspect of sustainable business. This year’s focus puts a spotlight on Human Rights. We are challenging students globally to select one of the world’s most influential companies assessed by the World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA) in the 2022 Corporate Human Rights Benchmark and to: 

  1. Examine connections between the features of their business model (value proposition; value chain; and cost structure and revenue model) and potential impacts on people’s human rights. 
  2. Develop innovative business practices, approaches and/or solutions for the company to adapt their business model and practices to address these potential impacts through mitigation strategies and/or alternative models. 

Participating in and promoting the competition – why and how

Right now, we see significant and growing barriers to human wellbeing and development globally: a cost-of-living crisis, supply chain volatility, climate anxiety and a widening skills gap. The more students, business schools, partners and sponsors we engage in this competition, the more impact we have on both students and businesses alike.

Within the corporate sphere, human rights are often viewed through a compliance lens – a risk to manage. This means many are missing out on the opportunity to drive value for both companies and society through ensuring business models support and enhances human rights. We want to leverage business, accounting, and entrepreneurial-minded students to reimagine the status quo – improving human rights up and down the value chain.

Truly global reach will allow us to access diverse perspectives, pool our resources, and deepen our collective understanding. This knowledge will put us in a much better position to take action to address sustainability challenges, while at the same time empowering students to be part of the solution.

As an A4S partner, we hope you will work with us to provide opportunities for students to gain practical experience in sustainable business, and to be creative and test concepts – supporting them to transition to the workforce with purpose. 

Beyond providing students with invaluable experience and equipping them with tools and skills to develop and apply sustainable business solutions, the competition also rewards the winning team with a CA$10,000 cash prize and the runner-up with CA$5,000.

Competition Key Information

Format: video presentation, business proposal and panel presentation

Language: English

Participants: The competition is open to teams of 3-5 students and attracts both graduate and undergraduate students. There are no restrictions on the discipline(s) students are studying, but the financial rigor of models presented will be carefully evaluated, so a healthy dose of business/accounting acumen is strongly recommended.

Geography: Global. Semi-finals take place virtually, the in-person final is in Toronto, Canada (a travel fund is available)

Prize: CA $10,000 for the winning team, CA$5,000 for the runners up.

Expected timeline for A4SICC 2024:

Applications Open6th November 2023
Application deadline14th January 2024
Assessment deadlinew/c 15th January 2024Entries are assessed based on their written  submissions and entry videos, to select semi finalists.
Semi-finalists announced22nd January 2024
Semi-final judgingw/c 5th February 2024Semi-finalists present their entries live, with Q&A,  in virtual semi-final.
Finalists announced12th February 2024Finalists announced and People’s Choice Award voting options.
Live final23rd March 2024In-person final in Toronto, hosted by Rotman  Business School, University of Toronto.
Winner’s blog publishedw/c 1st April 2024

Submit an Application for the 2023 End Poverty Innovation Challenge (EPIC)

GBSN member school students are invited to apply to the 2023 EPIC, a global competition and pipeline for outstanding social ventures that provide sustainable grass roots solutions to local poverty reduction challenges.

EPIC, the End Poverty Innovation Challenge, is focused on engaging the next generation of social entrepreneurs from post secondary institutions worldwide in developing the next generation of social ventures that lift the livelihoods of the poor. 


About the Competition

EPIC, the End Poverty Innovation Challenge is an impactful program of the Social Venture Foundation. The competition focuses on engaging the next generation of social entrepreneurs from post secondary institutions worldwide in developing the next generation of social ventures that lift the livelihoods of the poor. 

The global competition is a pipeline for outstanding social ventures that provide sustainable grass roots solutions to local poverty reduction challenges.

  • 5 finalists will be selected to compete in the final challenge held virtually on Feb 9th, 2023
  • Top 3 winners receive a year of customized monthly mentoring with EPIC leadership.
  • Remaining 2 finalists receive 3 months of monthly mentoring with EPIC leadership.
  • Top 3 winners receive a monetary prize enabling them to facilitate a commercial proof of concept.
  • Top 5 receive personalized feedback from the judges, who are leaders in business and impact investing.
  • Applicants will join a network of like- minded entrepreneurs working toward ending poverty.
  • Applicants receive 10 free virtual “seats” at the final challenge for friends and family. 

Winning Prize

The winners of EPIC 2023 will receive financial support of $5,000 plus mentorship for a year to help winning teams conduct commercial proofs of concepts.


Your project…

  • Creates jobs for unemployed youth and delivers affordable social impact for low-income communities
  • Addresses a poverty reduction or SDG Challenge.
  • Prioritizes social impact over financial gain.
  • Is transformative and potentially scalable to over 100 million people
  • Generates a sustainable funding stream.
  • Has a product or service that is environmentally sustainable.
  • Employs a leadership team with tenacity and a pragmatic vision.
  • Is committed to non-secular and non-partisan mission.

*EPIC competition guidelines are abstracted with additions from “The Power of a Simple and Inclusive Definition” by Elizabeth Garlow & Rich Tafel as published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review May 22, 2013


For more information, please email

2023 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Global Case Writing Competition

You are invited to enter our competition and support and strengthen diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) skills and knowledge for today’s students, who will become tomorrow’s global business leaders. 

The University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the William Davidson Institute (WDI) at the University of Michigan are proud to present the third annual DEI Global Case Writing Competition.

We encourage you to submit an academic case study about a DEI-related business dilemma within one or across multiple business disciplines. See Submission Requirements for more information.

Competition Objectives

  • Encourage and reward the development and publication of new, relevant academic case studies that focus on DEI in business and/or feature diverse protagonists as business leaders.
  • Publish teaching materials that will increase student understanding of the unique and realistic challenges of creating, implementing and sustaining DEI in a business or organization anywhere in the world.
  • Present learning opportunities for students that challenge current ideas about DEI in business and that spur critical thinking for creative pathways for more positive change.


Who Can Enter

  • Individual students or student teams (graduate or undergraduate) and other professionals may enter, but must enter in collaboration with a faculty member or instructor from an accredited university/college, in the U.S. or internationally.
  • Individual faculty/instructors or teams from an accredited university/college (in the U.S. or internationally) may also enter.

Key Dates

  • January 31, 2023: “Intent to Enter” forms due.
  • March 31, 2023: Final submission documents due.
  • July 2023: Public announcement of winners.

Steps To Enter

  1. Review Submission Requirements, as well as Resources.
  2. Review Frequently Asked Questions.
  3. Submit online Intent-to-Enter Form by January 31, 2023.
  4. Submit online Submission Form and final documents by March 31, 2023.


Thank you for the support of our sponsors. Learn more about them here.


For all inquiries, please contact

Call for Contributions: AACSB Marketing & Communications Conference – St. Petersburg, Florida


March 8 to March 10 in 2023.

This conference is a collaborative opportunity for communications, marketing, student success, and enrollment professionals in higher education business schools. Sessions will focus on tactical components of communication and enrollment management in today’s evolving higher education landscape. Explore trends in student recruitment and retention, as well as how to tell the unique learner story for your business school. Learn what the future holds for the business school degree and what role communications and enrollment teams will play. Taking place in Saint Petersburg, Florida, this conference is a collaborative opportunity for communications, marketing, student success, and enrollment professionals in higher education business schools.

We are currently accepting proposals for sessions in the following categories:

* Building Your Toolbox
* Collaborating with Internal Marketing Teams
* DEI Initiatives / Inclusive Communication & Outreach
* Effective Practices in Digital & Social Media Content Strategy
* Engaging Alumni / Alumni Advisory Boards
* Managing Leadership Requests & Needs
* Maximising Your Marketing Budget
* Miscellaneous
* Operational Effectiveness
* Pitching Stories to the Media

* Research, Data and Return on Investment
* SEO / Website Management and Optimisation / CRM / Marketing Automation
* Staying in the Feedback Loop
* Strategies
* Content Strategies & Storytelling
* Retention & Student Support Strategies
* Student Recruitment & Enrolment Strategies
* Supporting Your Internal Engagement Teams
* The Evolution of Outreach & Recruitment Programs

Deadline to submit your proposal is October 14.

Call for Proposals: The SWIFT Institute and GBSN Grant Competition

Case topic:  Bank Management, Cybersecurity & Risk Management in Latin America


The threat of cybersecurity raises a number of questions for financial institutions and how they interact with each other, especially for those based in emerging economies. The SWIFT Institute – GBSN Case writing grant will support the development of 1 teaching case and 1 research case developed by faculty based in the below target countries in Latin America. These case studies will examine ways in which local financial institutions minimize this risk. The geographical focus will be on the following countries:

  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Mexico
  • Panama
  • Dominican Republic

Grant Terms

GBSN invites its faculty, PhD students, and researchers with a background and/or interest in finance, cyber security, and/or risk management to submit a proposal.  The selected applicants will be awarded:

  • $5,000 USD for the production of one teaching case (for classroom teaching purposes)
  • $5,000 USD for the production of one research case (for publication and online distribution purposes)
  • or $10,000 USD for the production of both case studies

The case studies should include financial institutions from all countries of interest.

Applicants do not need to be from a GBSN member school, but must be originally from or have greatly studied, one of the listed countries.

Case Requirements

(The SWIFT Institute and / or GBSN can be of assistance in introducing the case writers to potential case protagonists in their country of preference. It is expected that aliases will be used in order to preserve the financial institutions’ privacy)

  • For the teaching case: the final production should be 6-10 pages in length, with the incorporation of appendices and a 2-page teaching note that must include the following sections:
    • Learning objectives
    • Target group
    • Teaching strategy
    • Questions for discussion 
    • Analysis of data
    • Any additional background reading
  • For the research case: the final production should be 6-10 pages in length, with the incorporation of graphs in the document, and without appendices for online publishing and distribution

The cases will be owned and distributed by GBSN and the Swift Institute. Permission to publish and release will be provided on a case by case basis.

The development of the case(s) can be conducted in Spanish, however the final written cases must be in English.

Proposal Requirements

  • Proposed title and brief abstract of case study
  • Financial institution representation from one (or more) of the Latin American countries
  • Resume/CVs of all participating authors and/or researchers

Application Small Grant Review Criteria

  • Experience of the individual Case Writer or Team (30 Points)
  • Overall Quality of Proposal Submission (30 Points)
  • Relevance of Case Topic Proposed (20 Points)
  • Relevance and Applicability to Latin America (20 Points)

Application Deadline: December 31, 2022 11:59 PM EST.

Please Note: Applicants do not need to be from nor represent Latin American schools or countries, but must have an adequate knowledge and experience working in the target country.

Notifications for winning submissions will be made by mid-February 2023. Finalized cases will be delivered by August 2023.

Submission Portal


For more information or questions, please email Maddie Handler at

The SWIFT Institute

The SWIFT Institute, set up by SWIFT, funds independent research, supports knowledge-led debate and provides a forum where academia and financial industry practitioners can learn from each other. Its primary focus is transaction banking, covering the areas of payments & banking, capital markets, cyber security, technology & innovation, regulation & compliance and leadership. The SWIFT Institute aims to extend the understanding of current practice and explore future needs in global financial services. The SWIFT Institute is proud to partner with GBSN, helping to support efforts to improve the quality of education in the developing world. Our current efforts include the creation of case studies designed to enable business students to make informed leadership decisions based on real-world situations within the global financial industry. Additionally, we run Student Challenges whereby we seek innovative solutions to real-world problems and showcase those ideas to financial industry practitioners.  Our collaboration with GBSN is designed to shape and tap into the minds of future thought and business leaders.  Our research is freely available to download and share at