Deadline: February 24, 2016 | Apply here
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Date: April 15, 2016
Eligibility: Graduate Students
Prizes: $15,000 in prizes will be awarded to the winning teams
Location: Hong Kong

The Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge

The Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge 2016 harnesses the power of capital markets and student creativity to create positive impact in a world of perpetual resource scarcity and continued population growth.

A pitch competition for graduate students, the Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge focuses on developing institutional-quality investment vehicles that seek positive environmental or social impact and competitive financial returns.

Contestants must propose and defend a strategy that uses finance and investment tools to address an environmental or societal challenge. The competition is an opportunity to apply core finance principles to target the economic, social and environmental challenges that drive the field of sustainable investing.

The Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge is looking for 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.

Teams of graduate students are invited to submit a two-page prospectus by February 24, 2016 at 12:00 PM (noon) CST that outlines an innovative financial vehicle that addresses a sustainability challenge and meets the requirements of an institutional investor. Each prospectus should appropriately address the guidelines provided. Ten finalist teams will be selected from the pool of submissions and announced by March 11, 2016. Finalists will present their proposals to a panel of judges at Morgan Stanley in Hong Kong on April 15, 2016. A panel of experienced investors and officers who currently manage pension funds, foundations, and institutional assets will review and judge the pitches. Judging criteria can be found here.


  • $15,000 in prizes will be awarded to the winning teams. Awards will be made for the overall quality of the proposals based on the judging criteria.
  • Overall First Place:  $10,000
  • Overall Runner-Up:  $5,000

An information sheet for competitors with basic information about the Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge is available for download here.

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