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International MBA Team Participates in MIINT competition, focused on Impact Investing

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A group of International MBA students led by Steven Rogers decided to participate in MIINT competition, focused on Impact Investing.

At the start of their academic year, a group of International MBA students led by Steven Rogers decided to participate in the MBA Impact Investing Network & Training (MIINT), a collaboration between Bridges Impact Foundation and the Wharton Social Impact Initiative. In addition to Rogers, who is from the United States, the team included Kyle Flick (US), Ken Ijichi (Japan), Krystyna Liakh (Ukraine), and Mona Mueller (Germany). As a group, they brought together experience in banking, project finance, management consulting, venture capital, and nonprofits.

The MIINT is a year-long impact investment-focused experiential lab for business and graduate students, that culminates in a pitch competition. This past April, 30 teams from just as many schools participated in the event on the Wharton campus in Philadelphia, competing to win funding for a high impact social startup of their choice.

The IE Business School team chose to represent Mosabi, an app that uses innovative learning to unlock financial opportunities for underserved populations.

In general, the companies pitched at the competition this year trended towards fintech and financial inclusion sectors. IE MBA Steven Rogers commented, “We liked how devoted the Mosabi team was to their mission, how interested they were in the MIINT, and how their solution could easily scale and expand into new markets.”

“It was an incredible experience preparing and participating in the competition – being around like-minded people from different schools with the aim of doing good,” said IE MBA Kyle Flick. “Hopefully our participation will spur even more awareness about impact investing within the IE student body and motivate future teams to participate in the MIINT.”

Next year’s MIINT team from IE will be selected from the September 2019 IMBA intake, with applications opening in September.