MBA Challenge 2017 – Results


Nespresso, CIMS and INCAE are grateful with the 15 semi-finalist for their outstanding effort. The judges remarked that the quality and creativity of all the proposals in this round made final selection very challenging.

The three finalist teams will travel to Nespresso Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland June 19th, 2017. They will have the occasion to present and convince a panel of international Judges of their proposal. This panel includes Nestlé-Nespresso top executives, high-level academics and sustainability experts. We wish them the best in the final presentation!

Melbourne Business School, Australia

Rollins College, Crummer Graduate School of Business, USA

Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, USA

Schools listed by countries’ alphabetical order

We will send feedback for all the proposals in the coming weeks.


Nespresso, CIMS and INCAE wish to thank all teams for their valuable participation in this year Challenge. The teams’ time and effort have been truly appreciated, and in particular their interest in Nespresso’s work to advance sustainability throughout its business.

After a strict process of first round of review, we are delighted to announce the 15 semi-finalist schools. Their proposals are now in the hands of international judges for the second round of review.

Colorado State University, United States

Copenhagen Business School, CBS, Denmark

Concordia University, John Molson School of Business, Canada

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Dept. of Management Studies, India

Kühne Logistics University, Germany

Mannheim Business School, Germany

Melbourne Business School, Australia

Nanyang Technological University, Nanyang Business School, Singapore

National University of Singapore, NUS Business School, Singapore

Rollins College, Crummer Graduate School of Business, United States

Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia

University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

University of Victoria, Canada

Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, United States

We will send feedback for all the proposals that did not pass through next round in the coming weeks.


We want to be the kind of company you admire, the company of choice for discerning coffee drinkers and talented people who share our goal of being the highest quality and most sustainable coffee brand. How should we leverage our sustainability commitments to be your company of choice?

This year, we had an exciting Sustainability MBA Challenge with 88 Universities from 25 countries submitted proposals to the Challenge. The countries where the schools came from were: Australia, Austria, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom and the United States.

See full Challenge 2017 case study here!

See Backgrounder 2017!

See full list of schools that participated in the Sustainability MBA Challenge 2017