I am not a School of Business student, but want to participate. Am I eligible to submit my idea?

ESG@Wake is open to all Wake Forest undergraduate and graduate students. Students from all disciplines are eligible and encouraged to participate.

I am not currently on-campus or cannot attend any of the on-campus events. Am I still eligible to participate?

Yes, ESG@Wake events will provide both in-person and virtual options. If a team is chosen as a finalist, the ESG judges will accommodate for teams who wish to present virtually.

OK, I’m in. How do I participate?

All competition steps can be found on our competition guidelines page. Participants are encouraged to participate in our ESG discussions and lectures to learn more about the principles and network with business leaders pushing ESG efforts forward at their respective companies. 

  1. Find or build a team (A minimum of 3 members per team)
  2. Visit the competition site and read through the additional resources provided
  3. Attend the kick-off event on Wednesday, February 23rd 
  4. Generate your idea
  5. Complete your submission form (directly on the website) and upload your video response by 11:59 pm on Friday, March 25th
  6. Stay tuned for the finalists to be announced on Wednesday, March 30th
  7. Attend the keynote speaker and fireside reception on Thursday, March 31st

Why should I submit a video pitch?

We believe that the Wake Forest community is empowered by students who live by its motto, Pro Humanitate. We want to hear your voice and ideas on how to better Wake Forest University’s stance on the environment, the greater community, and how it governs from within. 

  1. Teams will have a chance to win up to $5,000 of prize money*
  2. Finalists may also have their ideas advanced through an innovation fund to assist with further development of the idea

*1st place teams in each vertical will receive $5,000, 2nd place teams will receive $2,500, and 3rd place teams will receive $1,000

Am I allowed to be a part of more than one team?

Yes, students may participate on more than one team. We encourage students to pursue multiple ideas and verticals.

I have an ESG idea and wish to submit a video. What should my pitch include?

Each video should be no more than 100 seconds and may contain up to 3 slides to supplement the pitch. Make sure to include: (1) the challenge; (2) your unique strategy and approach; and (3) the potential impact.

How do I submit a video?

Once a team records a 100-second video pitch, a team member can upload the submission directly via the portal on the ESG Week website. Students will be asked to provide contact information for the judges to notify all finalists.

What do I do once I submit a video?

Once a team has submitted a video by Friday, March 25  at 11:59 pm, the judges will review the submissions and announce the nine finalists on Wednesday, March 30. All students are invited to attend a keynote speaker event at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 31, followed by a fireside reception. The final competition will take place on Friday, April 1.

How will my video be evaluated?

The judges will choose three finalists for each of the ESG tracks. The judges will announce the nine finalists based on: (1) creativity; (2) feasibility; and (3) impact.

If my video is selected as a finalist for one of the three area of focus (E, S, or G), what are my next steps?

There will be nine teams selected to participate in the final round. The judges will announce the finalists on Wednesday, March 30. Teams will prepare a 15-minute pitch and answer judges’ questions on Friday, April 1. After the presentations, a reception will be held to announce 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams for each track.