International Impact Investing Challenge for Grad Student Social Entrepreneurs


Jamie N. Jones is the founder and Director of the International Impact Investing Challenge, a university pitch competition focused on social entrepreneurship. She is the Assistant Director of the Social Enterprise at Kellogg (SEEK) Program, where she works with students, alumni and members of the community to apply business principles to affect social change.

This event challenges graduate students to propose and defend a sustainable business with an investment strategy of interest to institutional and impact investors. The selection panel is composed of experienced institutional investors and current officers of foundation funds, endowments and other organizations including the Calvert Foundation, Impact Assets, and the US Pension Fund. The final results were:
First place:
Rural Electrification with Renewable Energy (REwiRE) from the School of International Policy Studies at Stanford University
Second place:
Upskill Capital from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
Finalist teams:
Pacific Impact Bond Fund from the Anderson School of Management at University of California, Los Angeles
Residential Managed Energy Services Agreement (R-MESA)Fund from the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago

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