Winners Announced for the NextBillion 2011 Case Writing Competition


We are pleased to announce the winners of the NextBillion 2011 Case Writing Competition, which was co-sponsored by the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan, Acumen Fund, and Ashoka. We received many high-quality cases this year, so it was a difficult decision for our valued judging panel, Robert Kennedy and Ted London of the William Davidson Institute, Moses Lee of the Social Entrepreneurship Initiative at the University of Michigan, Stephanie Schmidt of Ashoka, international development consultant Zenia Tata, and Brian Trelstad of Acumen Fund.

The NextBillion 2011 Case Writing Competition, currently in its second year, recognizes and publishes the best new academic business cases on social enterprise or base of the pyramid topics, with the hope that these cases will become course material for MBA students around the world. The winning cases can be found here at, the premier publisher for academic business case studies in social enterprise.

Winners will receive prize money, as well as an autographed copy of The Blue Sweater by Acumen Fund founder Jacqueline Novogratz.

Without further ado, the winners are:





Stay tuned for exclusive information about the winning teams and an insider's look at the judges' thoughts.