The SBSC was created to serve you.
We know running and growing a small business is never an easy task, and it’s made increasingly harder by unexpected external forces such as a pandemic and economic recession.
We also know small businesses are the backbone of the American economy and we want to see you succeed.
Thank you to our Gold Sponsor for supporting the SBSC-I and SBSC-II
What can the SBSC do for you?
The SBSC offers you access to strategic and innovative business consulting for free.
- Harness the support of a team of 3 MBA students working on your behalf to develop an innovative approach for how you may achieve business sustainability and success over the next 12 months and beyond.
- Help identify the opportunities and trouble spots you’ve been too busy IN your business day to day to see
- Add a detailed level of research and planning to make more informed decisions for your future
- Give you a chance to network with other small business owners and find new ideas and opportunities to support and collaborate with each other
- Earn some additional PR and media attention by participating in the event and having your business case be shared on our website and social media platforms
Will the SBSC solve all your business problems?
No, we don’t expect that in a 48 hour hackathon event. (Nor should you.)
But, we have seen that the support, clarity and focus that comes from working with your MBA team makes moving forward with confidence substantially easier.
Who qualifies for the SBSC?
The Challenge is for small to medium sized businesses with 3-30 employees.
No equity funding or plans for equity funding (a.k.a. no startups.)
How are we selecting the small businesses from the hundreds of applicants?
Our criteria include:
- Quality of application: how valuable you expect the program be to your small business
- Owned/operated by an alum of a participating MBA program (bonus!)
- Located near a participating business school campus (preferred but not required)
- Able to commit time and resources to the program (a must!)
How much time will you need to commit?
We expect you to:
- Be available to your team as much as is feasible during the 48 hour competition
- Make time for meetings with the team, and plan to respond to communication and inquiries as needed
- Attend the kickoff meeting on Thursday and finals on Saturday afternoon/evening (required)
Our Fall 2020 Cohort
Carnegie Mellon University - Tepper School of Business
Dartmouth College - Tuck School of Business
Duke University - Fuqua School of Business
Georgetown University - McDonough School of Business
NYU - Stern School of Business
UC Berkeley - Haas School of Business
University of Texas at Austin - McCombs School of Business
University of Washington - Bothell School of Business
University of Washington - Foster School of Business
Yale - School of Management
RingCentral (lead sponsor)