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The Challenge: 

Devise a Novel Financial Instrument

to Positively Impact the World 

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The submission portal will be open through February 20, 2020!

 Every year, the Kellogg-Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge invites teams of graduate students from around the world to develop and pitch creative financial approaches to tackle pressing social and environmental challenges.


In 2019, more than 365 students from over 50 countries and 80 schools proposed novel financial instruments to create positive impact. 


The Challenge identifies, empowers, and inspires the next generation of sustainable finance practitioners and connects them with leading industry professionals.

Key Dates for 2020

January 17

Deadline to Request Optional Mentor

Our network of sustainable finance experts is available to give you feedback on your proposal prior to submission.

February 20

Prospectus Submissions Due

Turn in your team's prospectus to officially enter the competition.

March 10


Teams moving on to the final event will be notified, and will receive additional feedback and resources to turn your prospectus into a pitch.

April 17


The final event will be held at the Morgan Stanley Headquarters in New York City, and participant airfare and hotel will be covered by the competition.

2020 Focus on Plastics

In addition to our broader call for proposals inviting creative financial approaches to social and environmental issues, the 2020 Sustainable Investing Challenge is encouraging concepts that target plastic waste. This new-for-2020 opportunity is in keeping with Morgan Stanley’s Plastic Waste Resolution and commitment to facilitating the prevention, reduction and removal of 50 million metrics tons of plastic waste from entering rivers, oceans, landscapes and landfills by 2030. Proposals that address the issue of plastic waste will be eligible for an additional prize of $5,000 in addition to eligibility for the annual top and runner-up prizes for the overall competition.

If you are considering a plastics proposal, watch our new webinar for more information:


Last Year's Challenge


Grand Prize


Carbon Yield Fund

A debt financing fund seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by helping farmers transition to regenerative practices, access organic marketplace returns, and generate revenue through aggregated carbon credits

Northwestern University


Runner Up


Grey to Green Fund

A multi-asset fund seeking to help reduce water consumption by acting as a market aggregator for hotel greywater infrastructure

Johns Hopkins University + Columbia University + Duke University + Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Our 2019 Sponsors

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