Institute for Sustainable Investing

The Future Leaders of Sustainable Investing

When we put out the call this year for new proposals to drive sustainable investing, the resounding response showed how far and wide this imperative has spread.

The annual Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge, led by the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing, INSEAD and Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, invites student proposals to address critical social and environmental challenges, geared to attract institutional investors seeking positive impact and competitive returns.

Now is the time to seize both the responsibility and opportunity of sustainable investing, which is growing as a mainstream financial force. A recent survey found that investors, particularly women and Millennials, are strongly interested in sustainable investing and believe the investment approach is poised to grow.


Snapshot of the challengers
who answered the call:

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The Finalists

First round judges weighed each proposal on its merits
and selected these 10 finalists:


Haas School of Business at UC-Berkeley

1. Blue Forest

Proposal: Monetizing the shared benefits of forest management in the US
Members: Zach Knight, Leigh Madeira, Chad Reed & Nick Wobbrock
School: Haas School of Business at UC-Berkeley

National University of Singapore Business School

2. CampoColombia

Proposal: Empowering displaced farmers in Colombia, South America, through real estate
Members: Gustavo Bernal, Leslie Chua, Animesh Pant & Oscar Posada
School: National University of Singapore Business School

London Business School

3. EnPower Capital

Proposal: Providing working capital finance to renewable energy entrepreneurs in Sub-Saharan Africa, i.e., Tanzania
Members: Radhika Gupta, Amrita Kundu, Juan Pablo Mejia Caicedo & Elizabeth Swanton
School: London Business School

Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

4. Floating Green Capital

Proposal: Financing controlled environment agriculture systems in the US
Members: Bennett Applegate, Danielle Lazarowitz, Justin Matarazzo & A.J. Singletary
School: Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

Yale School of Management

5. Flood Mitigation Impact Bond

Proposal: Financing flood mitigation infrastructure in the US
Members: Julie Andress, Meaghan McGrath, Heather West & Sarah Wilson
School: Yale School of Management

New York University Stern School of Business

6. GreenTop Capital

Proposal: Leasing rooftop greenhouses in the US
Members: Zimu Cao, Anand Gopalan, Doris Lo & Derek Riemenschneider
School: New York University Stern School of Business

New York University Stern School of Business

7. Million-Ton Carbon Capture Fund

Proposal: Monetizing carbon capture and storage in the US
Member: Mac Thayer
School: New York University Stern School of Business

College of Business at San Francisco State University

8. Moringa Tree Fund

Proposal: Mitigating desertification in Ghana through farming cooperatives
Members: Tanvi Pradhan & Fabian Willskytt
School: College of Business at San Francisco State University

INSEAD

9. NearHealth

Proposal: Financing rural clinical infrastructure in Morocco
Members: Yassine Bhija, Devina Pasta, Dmitry Savelyev & Alex Yanitsky
School: INSEAD

Rotman School of Management at University of Toronto

10. Precision Agriculture Real Estate Investment Trust

Proposal: Financing precision agriculture in Canada
Members: Srijan Agrawal, Francois du Toit & Michael Szaura
School: Rotman School of Management at University of Toronto


Experts in the field will mentor the finalists, who will present their proposals at Morgan Stanley’s offices in London on April 17, 2015, when a winning team will be chosen.

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