Student Business Leaders Aim to Solve Sustainability Issues

March 16, 2011

Net Impact

Rollins MBA students John Kluwin, Andrew Howell, Emily White, Thomas Williams and Casey Silver compete in the regional Hult Global Case Challenge.

In March, two teams of Rollins MBA students represented the Crummer Graduate School of Business while participating in distinguished sustainability-themed business competitions. As members of Net Impact—the Rollins chapter of an international network of business students and professionals focused on promoting corporate responsibility, social entrepreneurship, and environmental sustainability—the students competed in the regional rounds of the Walmart Better Business Plan Competition and the Hult Global Case Challenge.

On Friday, March 4, five Crummer students presented their plan at the Walmart Better Business Plan Competition, which aims to promote sustainability awareness and the entrepreneurial spirit within the private sector. Titled “AquaVenture,” the team’s plan sought to replenish the world’s coral reefs through the at-home cultivation of aquaculture. Though not progressing to the national round, the students found the experience of pitching their entrepreneurial venture to experienced business executives to be both thrilling and rewarding.

“The judges were enthusiastic about our plan and provided us with very constructive criticism,” Matt Tonner (Class of 2011MBA) said. “We were told that if it were possible to select a second winner, it would have been us. I really enjoyed growing and bonding with my team throughout the whole experience.”

Meanwhile, on Saturday, March 5, another team of six other Crummer students competed in the regional Hult Global Case Challenge. Sponsored by the Clinton Global Initiative and, teams from across North America participated in this challenge, presenting innovative business solutions to the global water crisis. Each team was given five short hours to answer the difficult question, “How can we get clean water to 100 million people in the next five years?” While the team did not win, the judges were impressed with the innovative approach the students took.

“It was a great experience and we represented Rollins and Crummer well in the global and national arenas,” commented team member Emily White (Class of 2012MBA). “We had our eyes opened to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. My team and I look forward to sharing what we learned and using it to leave a positive legacy during our time at Rollins.”

The Rollins community is proud of the passion and honorable achievements of the participating students and looks forward to cheering them on in their never-ending quest to solve the world’s most pressing issues. For those interested in joining the Rollins chapter of the Net Impact organization, more information on membership opportunities can be found on Facebook

By Justin Braun (Class of 2011 MBA)

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