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September 29, 2020

Tepper Cleantech Case Competition 2020

Shell Polymers, BCI-Technology Investments, CleanCapital, Center for Sustainable Energy, and Emerson will sponsor Tepper’s MBA case competition that focuses on clean technologies and the use of data-driven methodologies.

As the need for clean technology solutions grows, Tepper School MBA students in the Energy & CleanTech Club organized the Tepper Cleantech Case Competition (TC3) in an effort to pair real-world sustainability problems with technological creativity. In October, 16 teams from MBA programs around the world will compete for a total of $16,000 in prizes.

“The Energy & CleanTech Club is proud to bring together students from all around the world to challenge themselves and develop creative solutions in the energy industry,” said Kristina Nikiforova, current MBA student and Tepper Energy & CleanTech Club President. “TC3 showcases the strengths Tepper and Carnegie Mellon bring to global energy innovation and business.”

Data-Driven Methodologies to Solve Clean Technology Challenges 

Tepper joins a group of other elite business schools hosting energy case competitions, but unlike other competitions, according to Josh Kaplan, current MBA student and TC3 Chair, “TC3 is the only major energy case competition where teams will implement the use of data-driven methodologies to solve global challenges to clean technologies.”

The case was shared with participating teams on Sept. 16, 2020. These teams of three to five individuals responded to the prompt by the end of September. The prompt challenged TC3 teams to act as consultants by offering advisement for a venture capital firm investing exclusively in cleantech startups on 2020 investment options. In early October, semi-finalist teams will be announced.

Hosted virtually, each semi-finalist team will have 20 minutes for a presentation and Q&A on Oct. 9. The finalists will incorporate the “twist” into their presentation before delivering it to the judges and a live audience on Oct. 10.

Due to generous sponsors including Shell Polymers, BCI-Technology Investments, CleanCapital, Center for Sustainable Energy, and Emerson, there is no fee to register. A total of $16,000 in prize money is available to the top three teams, with $10,000 going to the first-place winner, $4,000 to second place, and $2,000 to third place. TC3 is also supported by the Tepper Sustainability Initiative and the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation.