Become a National Sponsor

Create an experience that matters

The SBSC is a nonprofit in formation to facilitate a 2x annual virtual challenge event and build a small business success ecosystem, by hosting the premier business case competition with real impact for MBAs and business schools across the nation.

Each challenge engages:

200 SMBs / 600 MBA Students / 15 Top Business Schools

The ongoing nature of the SBSC will allow us to track impact over time of our small business participants and tell their stories.

Unique Sponsorship Opportunity

The SBSC offers unique sponsorship of our events due to the duality of the audience we serve, including small business owners nationwide as well as MBA students from the top universities in America.

We’re excited to build upon the success and momentum of the inaugural Small Business School Challenge to share the learnings and expand the impact for small businesses across the nation.

  • If your brand is a champion of small business, the SBSC offers a vehicle to support and network with 200 SMBs directly and reach hundreds more once their cases and media are shared across our digital platforms and website.
  • If your brand is on the hunt for the best young talent coming out of business schools across America, the SBSC is the chance to network with 600 MBA students and see them in action in real time.
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Support Highly Motivated Small Business Leaders

Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) will have ongoing challenges beyond the immediate economic crisis; MBA students have the skills, time, and desire to help them.

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Provide a High Quality MBA Experience, Virtually

Help provide meaningful, real-world learning while many other MBA opportunities have been eliminated.

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Become Known for Helping SMBs

As part of your brand and marketing year round, share stories of the businesses impacted and data collected.

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Expand Your Impact via Accumulated Knowledge

SBSC case studies, research, data, and offers are pooled into a free, public database.  This collective knowlege can help thousands more businesses.

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Gain Access to the Best & Brightest MBA Students

Meet, network, and see 600 top MBA students in action to identify future leaders.

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Curate & Evaluate Relevant Skills

Support an environment of hands-on learning, real-time consulting, and working under a deadline.

Get a sponsorship package that works for your business!

Thank you to our lead sponsor for the Spring 2020 Challenge

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"RingCentral got its start serving small businesses and still has the entrepreneurial spirit deep in its DNA. When the pandemic hit, and small businesses began to suffer along with their communities, we looked for ways to help.

We were approached by LifeWork about sponsoring the Small Business School Challenge and it was the perfect fit. Not an empty corporate PR initiative but a hands-on, high-impact hackathon pairing hundreds of MBAs and SMBs to create business plans for the new normal. David, Katrina, and the team moved quickly and collaboratively to get things done and the program was a hit. (Just ask Seth Godin.)

We were proud to be a sponsor and are looking forward to continuing our relationship with the Small Business School Challenge."

Mike Pugh
VP Small Business Marketing,


Mike Pugh

Get a sponsorship package that works for your business!

Past Cohorts


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

UCLA - Anderson School of Management

University at Albany, SUNY- School of Business

University of Texas at Austin - McCombs School of Business

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

University of Washington - Bothell School of Business

University of Washington - Foster School of Business

Vanderbilt University - Owen Graduate School of Management

Washington University in St.Louis - Olin School of Business

Yale - School of Management


Arizona State University - W.P. Carey School of Business

Claremont Graduate University - Drucker School of Management

Emory University - Goizueta Business School

Harvard Business School

MIT Sloan School of Management

Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management

Stanford University  - Graduate School of Business

Strayer University - Jack Welch Management Institute

University of Chicago - Booth School of Business

University of Cincinnati - Linder College of Business

University of Illinois - Gies College of Business

USC - Marshall School of Business