Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business is an International Nespresso MBA Challenge Finalist for Second Year Running

May 6, 2014 - For the second consecutive year, Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business is a finalist in the Nespresso MBA Challenge. The school’s team of four students will present their proposals for the final round of competition at the Nespresso headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland this June.

Seventy MBA schools from twenty-six countries participated, a marked increase from last year. Nespresso challenged students to come up with creative, bright ideas for its Creating Shared Value Strategy: promoting sustainable quality coffee sourcing for all contributors of Nespresso’s coffee, from the stake holders to the farmers.

Proposals are required to pass through two rounds of academic and corporate judges to qualify for the final round. In the final round, Rollins will compete against MBA students from University of Michigan, Ross School of Business and Yale University, Yale School of Management.

The Rollins team is led by its advisor, Dr. Keith Whittingham, an Associate Professor at Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business, where he teaches elective courses and leads consulting projects in the Global Sustainability and Social Entrepreneurship arenas. Team members include May 2014 alumni Sergio Abril, Gabriela Chassagne, Steven Minegar, and William Perico Neto.

“It’s incredibly inspiring for the entire Rollins community to be a finalist for the second year in a row,” said Dr. Whittingham. “Crummer’s commitment to promoting Sustainability and Social Entrepreneurship in the MBA program is strengthened by the success of this hardworking team of students.”

The winners of the Nespresso MBA Challenge will travel to Costa Rica for a week. Aside from applying their proposals to real-life situations, the team will visit coffee farms, mills and meet stakeholders in the coffee value chain. Winners of the 2013 Nespresso MBA Challenge include Lamar Chesney, Taylor Dalton, Morgan Filteau, and Scott Gould of Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business.

For more information about the Nespresso MBA Challenge please visit http://sustainabilitymbachallenge.com/.    

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