Invest for the Future

Invest for the Future (IF) amplifies and develops thought leadership and inspired action in ESG integration, impact management, sustainable finance and impact investing. This initiative connects and helps support existing curricular and co-curricular programming throughout Kenan-Flagler Business School. We create opportunities for networking, experiential learning and aim to help industry improve and enhance sustainable finance and investment. Kenan-Flagler already provides courses in ESG and Impact Investing, Social Innovation and Financial Inclusion, Sustainable Finance, Stakeholder Capitalism and more. We also will provide opportunities for collaboration between Kenan-Flagler Business School and other initiatives across UNC-Chapel Hill.

IF aims to better connect corporate sustainability strategy, decision-making and impact management practices with investment and finance. So our team is working hard to bring our alumni network together along with professionals around the globe to make sure we are fulfilling the roles industry needs, while simultaneously facilitating faculty leadership, and providing networking and career development opportunities to our students. If you are interested in joining us, please send an email to cse@unc.edu today!

Read more about the purpose of IF.


India Impact Challenge

India Impact Challenge powered by Quantum Advisors

This unique challenge began with a highly successful competition through which student teams around the world were tasked with proposing strategies to invest in India to kickstart a better climate future and drive equitable economic development. The competition was highlighted by six finalists from six different countries. Read more about the competition’s “photo finish”. The challenge continues as six interns gather stories, organize resources and drive conversation about the issues highlighted by the competition.

Invest for the Future Leadership Council

Industry leaders, alumni and friends of the UNC Kenan-Flagler School of Business who are interested in joining the Invest for the Future Leadership Council may contact us at cse@unc.edu. Council members connect with other industry leaders, students and faculty and will help with planning, engagement, mentorship and collaboration to ensure the relevance, value and impact of the Invest for the Future initiative.

LIFT Challenge

Launching Investment for Future Transformation (LIFT) Sponsored by Bank of America, LIFT challenges undergraduate and graduate students from around the world to develop blended finance and impact investing strategies to drive true triple bottom line sustainability – simultaneously addressing the most pressing environmental, social and economic challenges of our time. We can tackle these complex sustainability issues in a manner that advances social equity, justice and economic mobility. We need unique solutions that combine multiple finance investment mechanisms to support innovation from and for all stakeholders.

Invest for Impact

Invest for impact is an MBA case competition led by Kenan-Flagler’s MBA Net Impact chapter bringing real impact-focused startups and investing professionals together with MBA students. Student teams act as venture capitalists, interviewing entrepreneurs whose businesses have a social impact focus, conducting due diligence, and preparing a term sheet. They then pitch their investment proposals to a team of expert VCs. Read about the 2021 competition.


Stay Tuned – We will add more information about our curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular IF activities and programming throughout the summer!