Kellogg-Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge

Deadline: 15 January 2023
Open to: teams of graduate students
Benefits: educational experience, networking, $10,000 Prize for First Place Team, $5,000 Prize for Runner-Up Team, and other benefits


The Kellogg-Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge seeks to identify outstanding proposals offering novel investment strategies to meet some of the most pressing global challenges ahead. As the world’s population approaches 9 billion people by the year 2050, the challenge of meeting human demand for scarce global resources will intensify.

Finance has a key role to play in meeting this challenge. Moreover, an increasing number of institutional investors are seeking sustainable investment opportunities for their portfolios. Specifically, these investors seek to identify investment strategies that can meet the financial needs of their organizations by investing in funds, investment vehicles, or direct investments that are consistent with the principles of sustainability and impact.

Teams are encouraged to think beyond social enterprises, venture capital fund vehicles and strategies. This competition requires you to propose and defend a sustainable impact investment strategy that uses finance and investment tools to create an innovative solution to an environmental or societal challenge.

The Kellogg-Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge is looking for innovative investment ideas that balance the tension between financial and social return, rather than sacrifice either priority. There is no limitation on asset class or investment vehicle, and teams are encouraged to think creatively. The focus is on investment vehicles and fund strategies versus companies.


  • Participants should form teams that are limited to a maximum of four (4) members.
  • All team members must be currently enrolled in a graduate program at the time of the prospectus submission. Undergraduate students are not eligible.
  • Your team may include members from different graduate schools.
  • All ideas must be the original ideas of the team members.
  • Integral to this competition are first, that you are creating a financial vehicle, and second, that your financial vehicle will have social and/or environmental impact.


  • Everyone gets an educational experience.
  • All competitors are eligible to participate in a virtual sustainable finance career trek that will feature company presentations, career-focused panels, and networking opportunities.
  • Two awards will be distributed: $10,000 Prize for First Place Team and $5,000 Prize for Runner-Up Team.
  • Opportunity for First Place Team to present at the Milken Institute Global Conference with paid registration ($12,500 value per person).


Click here to register and initiate your participation in The Challenge for 2023. For more details, please visit the official website.