Deadline approaches for Thunderbird Sustainable Innovation Summit and Challenge

September 19, 2008

The deadline is approaching to register for Thunderbird School of Global Management’s second annual Sustainable Innovation Summit which draws top business school students from around the world for a global competition to develop sustainable innovative business solutions for real-world companies.

The competition begins Oct. 6 with an online round of questions from sponsoring global companies seeking innovative solutions to their every-day business challenges. Ten teams will emerge from the online round as finalists on Oct. 22 and will then travel to Thunderbird’s Glendale, Ariz., campus to compete in the final round on Nov. 13-15. Questions throughout the competition are posed by leading global companies such as Johnson & Johnson, the Summit’s leading sponsor and presenter of the $20,000 prize. Other registered sponsors thus far include APS, EcoLab, BillMatrix, Xerox, and Net Impact.

The deadline to register is Oct. 5 for the challenge in which teams from the world’s leading business schools compete for $20,000 and the title of “Global Champions of Sustainable Innovation.” Last year, the challenge attracted 118 teams from 59 universities and 15 countries.

Thunderbird’s Sustainable Innovation Summit builds upon the school’s curricular efforts in global citizenship, its newly established professional oath of honor for its graduates and its mission to educate global leaders who create sustainable prosperity worldwide.

“Participating in the summit not only exposes students to leading global companies focused on sustainability and innovation, but also a chance to walk away with $20,000,” says Dr. Robert Hisrich, director of the Walker Center for Global Entrepreneurship.

Teams can register at The cost is $150.