What role could enterprise play in ending poverty around the world? How do companies in developing countries overcome obstacles to scaling their ventures and alleviating poverty? If you are interested in researching and writing on these pressing questions, consider collaborating with professors and classmates in the 2015 NextBillion Case Writing Competition. There are cash prizes for first, second, and third place entries, which will be published alongside two honorable mentions in GlobaLens, a case study publisher at the University of Michigan.
Individuals or teams that include at least one professor may submit case studies related to social enterprise or a Base-of-the-Pyramid (BoP) issue. More specifically, entries should describe strategies for BoP companies who face challenges as they create and sustain their businesses. Entries must include adequate information from primary and secondary sources, a 150-word abstract, and a comprehensive teaching note. One professor per entry must agree to teach the case in a course if selected as a winner. Read the rest of the entry requirements here. Entry forms are due on October 10 and submission documents on December 19. Winners will be announced on April 3, 2015.