The premier business case competition
with real impact

When top business students compete to drive small business success, everyone wins!

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The premier business case competition
with real impact

When top business students compete to drive small business success, everyone wins!

WHEN

Spring 2021

WHERE

online event

COST

free for students & small businesses

SOCIAL

@thesbschallenge

Don't miss out!

We have limited space for each 48-hour event.  Apply now so you don't have to wait another 6 months for this transformative experience.

Our first 2 challenges were a resounding successes!

MBA Students

gained invaluable experience, connections

Small Businesses

got actionable, strategic advice

Top Business Schools

represented

Mentors

donated their time

$K+

Cash Assistance

awarded to small businesses

Diverse & Inclusive

25% Black-Owned Businesses

42% Under-Represented Minorities

57% Women-Owned Businesses

Broad Reach

2020 reach map

Our generous sponsors enabled winning school teams to earn cash assistance for small businesses.

9.52 / 10 Rating

Small business participant rating of the event as a whole

"I am floored that in a few hours they were able to comprehend, analyze and provide suggestions for scale."

Srilekha Srinivasan
Association for Sustainability Education

Srilekha Srinivasan

"... to devise a unique, actionable, and realistic plan for my business. I really enjoyed working with the team and feel they have my best interest at heart."

Schuyler Bull
Fort Orange General Store

Schuyler Bull

" It [also] helped having a team of people research our ideas and do some of the back end work that we have been too busy to focus on given the current situation.”

Joseph 'Joey' Berben
Berben and Wolffs

Joseph 'Joey' Berben

"...amazing at gathering the information about my business, analyzing the data and feedback, and then proposing solutions that I know we will be able to implement into our business."

John McEnerney
The FIfth Tier Baking Studio

John McEnerney

" It clarified A LOT about where my focus should lie in the new environment."

Sara Vizcarrondo
Academy of Ballet and Etiquette

Sara Vizcarrondo

"...far exceeded any expectation for quantity and quality of solutions to solve the main set of problems our small business is facing."

Mitzi Hammer
Hammered Inn Farm and Garden

Mitzi Hammer

"My team painted a picture of structure, with new ideas and a direction for their execution....now I have a road map to move things in place as we travel through this landscape of isolation."

David Wagner
D.A.Wagner Productions / Lightroom Guy

D A Wagner

"It felt reassuring to know that there are people out there 'fighting the good fight', and trying their best to come up with solutions to help small businesses such as ours! "

Andrea Endres
Endres Interiors

Andrea Endres

Winning Strategies

home decor

Incasa

When COVID-19 shutdown retail operations and in-store purchasing, home decor boutique Incasa needed a new way to generate revenue.

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french comfort food

Cuisinett, French Comfort Food

When COVID-19 forced the closure of dine-in restaurants, one Bay Area restaurant looked to diversify into take away epicerie offerings.

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Troy Waterfront Farmers Market

When COVID-19 prevented use of the normal Farmers Market space, the team recommended to innovative product and partner solutions.

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1

Register Your Interest Now

You'll be notified to apply in mid-summer for Fall 2020.

2

Complete Your Application

School teams require a student lead.

3

Get Selected

You'll be matched into a team composed of students from one school and one small business client.

4

Join the 48-hour online event

Gain valuable new knowledge, prestige, and connections.

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