Posted By Nicole Zefran,
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The moment you have all been waiting for is here! GBSN is
proud to announce the 1st Place winner of the 2013 MBA+ Challenge is the Mama Carts - Increasing Food Security video by a team from Colorado State University Global, Social and Sustainable MBA. They
produced a video on increasing food security in urban slums, now specifically targeting East Africa.
MamaCarts is a for-profit, food cart microfranchise that powers existing supply chains to distribute complete, clean and delicious meals to lower income, urban markets. Over 200 million people living in urban slums are food insecure. MamaCarts has worked in food systems around the world, but is now targeting East Africa.
The most detrimental result of food insecurity is chronic malnutrition, otherwise known as "hidden hunger." Chronic malnutrition is perpetuated as a result of four key root causes:
Broken supply chains
Gaps in nutritional education
In recognizing these complexities, this team of MBAs developed a solution that touches on all four issues. Food security is a complete, clean, and deliciously accessible future we can all play a part in. By buying nutritional food in bulk from local suppliers, the price per meal becomes cheaper. Through the combination of their cooking center and distribution system, MamaCarts vendors complete the link between local suppliers and food insecure customers. By 2018, MamaCarts will address the root causes of malnutrition by annually delivering 1 billion affordable and holistic meals.
2nd Place goes to the GIVEWATTS video by a team from the IMD in Switzerland. The video is about installing renewable energy in
marginalized schools and clinics in Kenya. GIVEWATTS uses solar lanterns as their entry point into communities. In order for children to study at
night, families are forced to buy kerosene. For families who cannot afford
kerosene, the children are forced to use open fire to study. GIVEWATTS uses a
commercial model to increase the number of lamps placed, as well as to avoid
dependency and create sustainability.
Out of 21 entries from around the globe, five finalists were
chosen by a public online vote. All five finalists won the opportunity to be matched up with a prestigious
business leader from around the world, and are participating in a one-hour
mentoring session in the next couple of weeks. The student mentor matchups are
UNC Kenan-Flagler with Bruce McNamer, President and CEO of TechnoServe
Colorado State University, Global Social and Sustainable
Enterprise MBA with Ben Odukwe, Group Director, Human Resources, United Bank for Africa Group
International Institute for Management Development with Manu
Chandaria, Chairman of the Comcraft Group
Thunderbird School of Global Management with Mari Kuraishi,
CEO of Global Giving
A panel of judges, with each judge submitting scores, chose
the winners. This year’s panel of judges included:
Della Bradshaw, Financial Times
Gina Tesla, IBM
David De Feranti, Results for Development
David Wilson, GMAC
Mahmoud Triki, Mediterranean School of Business
Jaqueline Stein, Tuck MBA and2012 MBA Challenge Winning Team Member
The 1st Place team has the opportunity to send one team member
to our Annual Conference in Tunis, Tunisia to present their video at our Gala
Dinner. They also win an opportunity to write about their work and experience that will be
featured by Nextbillion’s and New Global Citizen’s blog.
Congratulations to the winners and to all teams that
produced creative videos demonstrating the impact they are having in the
developing world. GBSN is truly inspired by the work these students have been
doing to make an impact on people’s lives. We hope all the videos inspire you to
follow down this path as well. So, the answer to our original question is YES,
business education can and does change the world!
Nicole Zefran is the
Communications and Event Planning Intern at the Global Business School Network.