2021 Sustainable Investing Challenge

The 2021 Challenge was carried out entirely virtually. Over 400 students from 50 countries submitted ideas, and their inspiring perseverance and innovation is evident in the work of the 16 final teams, which you can find below.

2021

Grand Prize

$10,000 

BeeBank & Brokerage

A business model that facilitates contracts as well as provides working capital, and resources for bee farmers. The team will give investors the ability to stem the die-off of honeybees, a problem that endangers the global food supply.

University of Oxford, Saïd School of Business; University of Oxford, Smith School of Enterprise;

University of Oxford, Environment and 

Medical Research Council Brain Network

Dynamics Unit

2021

Runner Up

$5,000

Fund for E-Bus Batteries

A leveraged fund proposal that would create a solution for the second-life application of batteries in buses and, in doing so, help accelerate the adoption of electric buses in The Netherlands.

University of Edinburgh Business School;

University of Edinburgh School of Engineering

2021 Plastic Prize

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The 2021 Sustainable Investing Challenge continued to offer an additional prize for proposals that targeted plastic waste. This opportunity was in line with Morgan Stanley’s Plastic Waste Resolution. The 2021 plastic prize went to:

European Circular Fund 

 

 A plastic packaging-focused cap-and-trade system that would support a loan fund for waste collection, waste treatment, and recycling companies within the European Union.

 

Frankfurt School of Finance and Management

Winning Teams

Grand Prize: BeeBank & Brokerage

University of Oxford, Saïd School of Business;

University of Oxford Smith School of Enterprise;

University of Oxford Environment and Medical Research Council Brain Network Dynamics Unit

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BeeBank Personal Statements

Runner Up: Fund for E-Bus Batteries

University of Edinburgh Business School;

University of Edinburgh School of Engineering

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Fund for E-Bus Batteries Personal Statements

Plastic Award: European Circular Fund

Frankfurt School of Finance and Management

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European Circular Fund Personal Statements

All Finalists

Carbon Crypto Fund 

Chulalongkorn University, Sasin School of Management

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Carbon Crypto Fund Personal Statements

COVID-19 Performance Social Bond

University of St. Gallen

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COVID-19 Performance Social Bond Personal Statements

ESG Litigation Fund

Queen's University, Smith School of Business

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ESG Litigation Fund Personal Statements

Gigabyte Real Estate ENvironmental Trust (GREEN REIT) 

University of Oxford, Saïd School of Business

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GREEN REIT Personal Statements

Gloria Insurance

New York University, Stern School of Business;

Queen's University, Smith School of Business;

Sciences Po University;

University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management

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Gloria Insurance Personal Statements

Green Default Swap 

Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management

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Green Default Swap Personal Statements

Greenfill Trust

Singapore Management University, Lee Kong Chian School of Business

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Greenfill Trust Personal Statements

Healthcare Energy Assurance & Resilience Trust (HEART)

University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business

 

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HEART Personal Statements

Incarceration Investment Fund

Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management

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Incarceration Investment Fund Personal Statements 

Kazakhstan Solar Desalination Fund

Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs;

Columbia University, School of Professional Studies

 

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Kazakhstan Solar Desalination Fund Personal Statements

Scope 5 Carbon Savings Account

Stanford University, School of Engineering

 

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Scope 5 Personal Statements

Solar Cycle Fund

University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business;

University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School

 

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Solar Cycle Fund Personal Statements

Sustainable Infrastructure Debt Fund

Yale University, School of Management;

Yale University, School of the Environment

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Sustainable Infrastructure Debt Fund Personal Statements