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Announcing the MBA+ Challenge Video Contest Winners

Posted By Nicole Zefran, Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Nicole ZefranThe 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:

      1. Broken supply chains
      2. Poor sanitation
      3. Gaps in nutritional education
      4. High prices
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.



Third Place goes to the Seeking Change - UNC Kenan-Flagler and the World Around Them video by the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. The video is about 12 MBA students who embarked on an 8-week journey to use their business education to make an impact in three countries: the US, Ethiopia and Kenya.



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 below:

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 and 2012 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. 

Tags:  Africa  food security  MBA Challenge 

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