2021 Smeal Undergraduate Sustainability Case Competition

Learn about the first annual 2021 Smeal Undergraduate Sustainability Case Competition. It's a hands-on opportunity to work on a cross-disciplinary team, to use business and markets to solve real-world social justice and environmental conservation challenges.

Case Comp 2021

Are you an undergraduate student ready to see how business can change the world?

The Center for the Business of Sustainability is organizing the first annual Undergraduate Sustainability Case Competition, a hands-on opportunity to work on a cross-disciplinary team, to use business and markets to solve real-world social justice and environmental conservation challenges.

Student teams who make it to the finals will have the opportunity to present in front of some of today’s leading sustainability and social impact executives.

Registration for this virtual case competition opens on February 26 with the first round starting March 12. Please forward all question and concern via email to smealsustainability@psu.edu.

 Prizes

  • 1st place: $3,000
  • 2nd place: $2,000
  • 3rd place: $1,000

What is the Focus of the Case Competition?

This year’s case will focus on an equitable business response to climate change. More specifically, contestants will be asked to work at the intersection of clean energy, climate change, and urban renewal and/or rural economic development. In short, how can business address climate change while simultaneously providing economic benefits to low-income communities? The case and specific details will be released on March 12.

Who Can Participate?

The competition is open to Penn State students from any campus. To participate, students will put together teams of four, two of whom are required to be business majors.

How to Register?

To register, one student from a team will enter the registration site in order to: enter a team name and register each team member. They will need the PSU Access ID (xyz123) of each team member. Be sure to have this information BEFORE starting registration. After registering, each team member will have access to the platform and be able to upload materials. 

We are unable this year to help match students with teams. We hope to provide this service in the future. This year, students will need to put their own teams together before registering. 

 

Important Dates

  • February 26: Registration opens
  • March 10: Registration closes
  • March 12: First round opens
  • March 19: Submission deadline for executive summary and PowerPoint deck
  • March 23: Finalist Announced 
  • March 27: Selected finalists present virtually