A Diverse Student Team Wins Patagonia Case Competition

A team of Yale School of Management students won first place in the annual Patagonia Case Competition this spring. A June 13 article in Poets and Quants features the students and discusses their experiences in the competition, which spanned four months.

Held in partnership with the University of California-Berkeley Haas School of Business, the annual competition asks students to help Patagonia address an issue of the company’s choice. This year, Patagonia asked how it can help scale regenerative organic agriculture practices.

Sixty-eight student teams originally submitted proposals to Patagonia. Of them, ten were invited to pitch day at Haas, and the top three visited Patagonia. Yale SOM’s team included Nikola Alexandre SOM/FES ’18; Nathan Hall ’17; Nitesh Kumar ’17; Chris Martin SOM/FES ’18; Emily Oldfield, a doctoral student at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Sciences; and Serena Pozza SOM/FES ’18.

“The whole competition was a really wonderful experience,” said Kumar, who was also part of last year’s SOM team, which took second place. “My team was very diverse, and people had different solutions and different approaches, and you get to learn so much. There were clashes of opinions that had to be worked out, and we got to do this in a very safe environment. It was worth it.”

Read the article.