Harvard Business School, Intel Education among Business and
Entrepreneurial Leaders to Select Winner of $25,000 Prize
Five global leaders from across business, the capital markets and academia have been selected as judges for “Sustainable Games: The Business Model Challenge.” The competition, which offers a $25,000 prize, is sponsored by Cornerstone Capital Inc., together with the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), RobecoSAM and the UN Principles for Responsible Management in Education (PRME).
Robert G. Eccles, Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School, Michael Baldinger, CEO of RobecoSAM, entrepreneur and former PepsiCo executive Gregory Campbell, and Intel Education’s Babur Habib, will join Cornerstone’s Erika Karp on the judging panel. The final stage of the competition will take place in fall 2015 in New York.
“Sustainable Games” invites university students worldwide to compete and submit their business plans for new companies that can help solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges in scalable and profitable ways. The businesses must be based on one of 30 Domains selected from Cornerstone’s “Sustainable Domain Bank” set aside for the competition. The models should align with Cornerstone Capital’s vision of a more regenerative and inclusive form of capitalism, and reflect a value inherent in the systematic understanding of today’s Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) imperatives. Team registration ends on March 27th and the models are due May 18th .
Eight teams will be selected as finalists to compete at an exclusive final competition event attended by a broad range of global industry professionals. Each team in the finalist stage will receive individual mentorship with a member of the Cornerstone Executive Staff, its Global Advisory Council and sponsor representatives.
The winning team will get $25,000 along with tools to help launch their business.
“We are truly thrilled to have such an esteemed panel of judges engaged in Sustainable Games! Their wisdom and pragmatism will help guide our student entrepreneurs towards making a compelling business case,” said Erika Karp, Founder and CEO of Cornerstone Capital Inc.
“Sustainable Games is a great way for students to get experience in entrepreneurship while considering sustainability as a core aspect of their business. I am very excited to be a mentor/judge for the program and look forward to some fascinating ideas that the students will be working towards,” said Habib.
More about the Judges here:
Robert “Bob” Eccles is a Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School. Right after receiving tenure in 1989, Professor Eccles started doing research on corporate reporting, a topic which remains of great interest to him from a research, managerial practice and public policy perspective. In addition to having written four books on the subject, Dr. Eccles is also a member of the Steering Committee of the International Integrated Reporting Committee. In 2011, Dr. Eccles was selected as one of the 2010′s Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior for his extensive, positive contribution to building trust in business. Dr. Eccles received an S.B. in Mathematics and an S.B. in Humanities and Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1973) and an A.M. (1975) and Ph.D. in Sociology (1979) from Harvard University. He is Senior Academic Advisor at Cornerstone Capital Inc.
Michael Baldinger is CEO and a member of RobecoSAM’s Executive Committee. Founded in 1995, RobecoSAM is an investment specialist focused exclusively on Sustainability Investing. It offers asset management, indices, engagement, voting, impact analysis, sustainability assessments, and benchmarking services. Together with the S&P Dow Jones Indices, RobecoSAM publishes the globally recognized Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI). Prior to joining RobecoSAM, Michael was Head of Distribution in the Americas for Credit Suisse’s asset management division in New York. Before Credit Suisse, he worked at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc., where he was Managing Director of institutional equity sales. In that role, he was responsible for large institutional clients and for building up the brand name of Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. in Switzerland. Michael started his career at Credit Suisse First Boston in Zurich, where his last position was head of proprietary trading and floor trading of foreign equities. He is a member of Cornerstone Capital Inc.’s Board of Directors.
Gregory A. Campbell, an entrepreneur, executive and investor, is president & CEO of Rainmaker, Inc., an investment and advisory firm he founded in 1995, and is a Managing Partner of the North Texas Opportunity Fund. Through Rainmaker, he works to build and invest in businesses that are disruptive, scalable and noble in their purpose. Over the past 20 years Greg has created and operated businesses in the technology, real estate, education, distribution, beverage and financial services sectors. Previously, he was a partner in a venture that formed the basis of Whitney International University System, now a significant player in South American higher education and was CEO of HBCUsonline.com, an education management firm that facilitated the online transition for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s). Greg previously held senior management positions with Pepsi-Cola, Best Foods, Frito-Lay and PepsiCo. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He is a member of Cornerstone Capital Inc.’s Global Advisory Council.
Babur Habib is a passionate technologist who loves to geek out on all things tech. He is head of Engineering & Development at Intel Corp. Babur co-founded Kno Inc. in 2009 with the vision to change how students learn with the help of digital technology. Kno Inc. was acquired by Intel Corp. in 2013, and Babur now he heads up the engineering and development group for Intel Education. He has a Ph.D. from Princeton University in Engineering, loves playing squash and binge-watching House of Cards.
Erika Karp is the Founder and CEO of Cornerstone Capital Inc. The mission of the firm is to apply the principles of sustainable finance across the capital markets enhancing transparency and collaboration. In offering investment banking, investment management and strategic consulting services, Cornerstone works with corporations and financial institutions, promoting new research in the field of ESG analysis, and facilitating capital introductions for companies engaged in sustainable business practices. Prior to Cornerstone, she was Managing Director and Head of Global Sector Research at UBS Investment Bank where she chaired the UBS Global Investment Review Committee and managed a global team of analysts and strategists. Erika is a founding board member of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on financing and capital, and an advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative’s market-based approaches initiative. She has been ranked among the nation’s “Top 50 Women in Wealth” by AdvisorOne; was named to 2014’s “GOOD 100” and the “Purpose Economy 100” lists.