Nilima Achwal

Winners Announced for the NextBillion 2011 Case Writing Competition

We are pleased to announce the winners of the NextBillion 2011 Case Writing Competition, which was co-sponsored by the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan, Acumen Fund, and Ashoka. We received many high-quality cases this year, so it was a difficult decision for our valued judging panel, Robert Kennedy and Ted London of the William Davidson Institute, Moses Lee of the Social Entrepreneurship Initiative at the University of Michigan, Stephanie Schmidt of Ashoka, international development consultant Zenia Tata, and Brian Trelstad of Acumen Fund.

The NextBillion 2011 Case Writing Competition, currently in its second year, recognizes and publishes the best new academic business cases on social enterprise or base of the pyramid topics, with the hope that these cases will become course material for MBA students around the world. The winning cases can be found here at, the premier publisher for academic business case studies in social enterprise.

Winners will receive prize money, as well as an autographed copy of The Blue Sweater by Acumen Fund founder Jacqueline Novogratz.

Without further ado, the winners are:

1st Place: “Village Capital: Using Peer Support to Accelerate Impact Investing” ($1,000 prize)

Carol Gee under the supervision of Associate Professor Peter Roberts, with support from Ross Baird, Director of Village Capital

Emory University’s Goizueta Business School

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2nd Place: “The South Pacific Business Development Foundation: Fighting Poverty in Fiji($500 prize)

Jacob Hiatt, Matthew Hutchens and Rocio Ortiz under the supervision of Clinical Associate Professor Philip Powell

Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business

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3rd Place: “Catch a Falling STAR: Sustainable Financing for a BoP Hospital ($250 prize)

Shilpa Gulati, Gopal Pai, Dave Seo, Alice Zheng, under the supervision of Paul Clyde, Adjunct Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy

University of Michigan Medical School

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4th Place: “Good Capital and the Emergence of the Social Capital Market ($100 prize)

Lauren Foukes under the supervision of Professor Gautam Kaul

University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business

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5th Place: “Habitat for Humanity: Implementing a Global Strategy Locally ($100 prize)

Michael Nestor under the supervision of Executive Professor Dan Fogel

Wake Forest University’s Schools of Business

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Stay tuned for exclusive information about the winning teams and an insider’s look at the judges’ thoughts.

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