UNC Hosts MBA & Undergrad Students In India Climate Change Competition

The inaugural India Impact Challenge focuses on climate change and how India can meet its need for economic growth without adding to the dangers of climate change

The first student competition to design investment strategies that tackle climate change while driving economic growth in India is being hosted by UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.

The India Impact Challenge was created by the Center for Sustainable Enterprise at UNC Kenan-Flagler. It is open to graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in higher education institutions throughout the world — from any department or school within their institutions. They will submit investment strategies in India that will facilitate equitable growth while limiting greenhouse gas emissions.

The deadline for submissions is March 29. Final judging will take place during the virtual challenge April 16-17.

“India needs both capital and solutions now, which provides enormous opportunity for investment,” says Jeff Mittelstadt (MBA ’07), executive director of the Center for Sustainable Enterprise and professor of the practice of strategy and entrepreneurship at UNC Kenan-Flagler. “This is a unique opportunity for students to learn how investment strategies can make a positive difference.”

$1.7M in grants supports IU Kelley School of Business, Jacobs School of Music

Efforts to foster greater student diversity at the Kelley School of Business and support public performances during the Jacobs School of Music’s centennial year received crucial financial support through grants to Indiana University from the Conrad Prebys Foundation.

The $1.7 million in grants to IU are among the inaugural awards from the Conrad Prebys Foundation, an organization continuing the philanthropic legacy of Conrad Prebys. A native of South Bend, Indiana, Prebys earned a bachelor’s degree from the Kelley School in 1955 and went on to become a highly successful real estate developer and philanthropist in southern California.

IU President Michael A. McRobbie said the grants are consistent with Prebys’ love for his alma mater and for the arts, while also continuing a legacy of philanthropy that inspired others to follow his example.

At HEC Paris, a new collective initiative powering female entrepreneurs in green transition

The Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society, in partnership with the HEC Paris Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center, has launched #WomenEntrepreneurs4Good, an initiative designed to inspire and foster female creativity and entrepreneurship across Europe. The accelerator program will equip women entrepreneurs and minority women’s enterprises with unique resources and capabilities to innovate and grow their businesses aligned with the European Green Deal strategy.

The Covid-19 crisis is magnifying many economic obstacles and challenges faced by women worldwide. Women-led businesses have been particularly vulnerable, with 90% of these businesses having experienced a significant decrease in revenues. In Europe, the severity of the impact is rendered invisible by a lack of data on business ownership. Now, more than ever there is an urgency to support women’s entrepreneurship to deliver a more inclusive and sustainable recovery.

In the framework of the Women4Business Daring Circle, the #WomenEntrepreneurs4Good is an annual program, offering women entrepreneurs business coaching, networking opportunities, technical support, connections and access to an ecosystem of stakeholders and global partners with a variety of resources and business opportunities.

Award-winning producer co-leads new entertainment & creative industries program at Thunderbird

Ted Hope, the former co-head at Amazon Movies, will join Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management as the marquee professor of practice in the new Master of Arts in Global Affairs and Management in the Creative Industries. The MGCI is a collaborative effort between two ASU colleges, linked together through The Sidney Poitier New American Film School.

The unique graduate degree program will begin in the 2021 fall semester in downtown Los Angeles at the ASU California Center in the historic Herald Examiner building. The MGCI is designed for learners interested in pursuing global leadership and management careers in entertainment, film/television/new media, music, VR/XR/MR, gaming, design, dance, fashion, theatre, sports, themed entertainment and the arts. The program is both for managers who want to learn creative competencies and for creatives seeking management expertise.

As a professor of practice, Hope will share his 30-plus years of experience directly with students, tapping his expertise in development, production, and executive stewardship along with a distinct inner-working knowledge of streaming services and the entertainment industry as a whole.


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