Nov 17

INSEAD Pitching Forum

For the third consecutive year, Mustard Seed is excited to return to INSEAD for the INSEAD Mustard Seed Pitching Forum. The forum brings forward talented entrepreneurs to pitch cutting-edge ideas that solve social and environmental problems, and to access acceleration and investment support from Mustard Seed if successful.

The Fall 2015 Mustard Seed Pitching Forum is organized in partnership with the INSEAD Entrepreneurship Club (IEC) and the INSEAD Organization for Social Impact (INDEVOR). It is a run up to the INSEAD Venture Competition (IVC), hosted by the Rudolf & Valeria Maag INSEAD Centre for Entrepreneurship. All IVC entrants are encouraged to participate in the forum and semi-finalists are given special consideration during the screening process.

When:   Tuesday, November 17th, 7pm – 9pm
Where:  Amphi MBA ’70, INSEAD Business School, 
                   Boulevard de Constance, 77300 Fontainebleau
                   What3Words Location: mountain.fetches.caramel


INSEAD Singapore Campus: 7:15pm (Singapore time) in Amphi 104 
Register for the Event!
Join us live on Twitter: #MSeedPitch@MSeedImpact#INSEADforgood

The winning venture will be invited to London for a business plan workshop with Mustard Seed, as well as connecting with appropriate members from our network. Mustard Seed will cover the expense of two train tickets between Fontainebleau and London. The goal is to further the winner’s chances of becoming an investable enterprise. We will also be polling the audience at the conclusion of the pitches, and announcing an audience award. 





We are Keen to Hear your Ideas

Submissions are now closed. Should you be successful, you will need to be available from 6pm for a pre-pitch briefing.
IVC Entrants – feel free to submit exactly the same materials you provided to the IVC, given you believe your idea has a social component incorporated. As this is a lead-up event, we do not want to duplicate your work.
All other entrants who are not participating in IVC, please prepare submission materials (deck or 2 minute video) that answers the following questions:

  • What social/environmental problem are you solving and how?
  • Why are you the right team to solve this problem?
  • What traction do you have (users, revenue, prototypes, etc.)?
  • How does your business make money? How does it scale?

  • How much money are you seeking and how will you spend it?
  • How is your company going to make the world a better place?


Submit an Overview of Your Venture here!

Judging Panel

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Judging Panel

Filipe Santos

Academic Director, INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Initiative

Currently leading Portugal Social Innovation, a new government initiative that aims to catalyze a social investment market in Portugal.
INSEAD Faculty from 2003-2014. Formerly led ICE – The INSEAD Centre for Entrepreneurship – from 2009-2013 and founded the INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp.

Lisa Barrett

COO & Director of Impact

Former Director of Global Partnership Strategy at and Partner at TNTP in the U.S.A, designing, launching and scaling education solutions.
Experience managing social ventures through all stages from launch to growth to turnaround.
MBA from INSEAD – recipient MBA Cars/Renault Scholarship – and Bachelor of Arts with Honours from Yale University.

Catalina Posada

Co-President of INDEVOR

MBA ’15D, awarded with the Alumni Fund and Colfuturo scholarships. Former member of the investments team at the IFC, structuring and monitoring projects focused on access to finance across Latin America.
Experience in impact investing, social entrepreneurship and innovation, corporate finance and emerging markets.

Eyal Rabinovich

President of IEC

MBA ’15D. Co-Founder and former VP of Business Affairs PlayScape, a leading mobile game publisher. Experience in marketing consumer-facing products and commercializing games.
Previously served as an officer in an elite IDF Navy unit, in addition to being a Senior Software Engineer at Hedge-Tech Financial Engineering, and Lipman Electronic Engineering Ltd.


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Antoine Poincare

Project Manager @ Coorpacademy

After graduating from HEC in 2012, Antoine worked for three years in corporate video production. After launching his own project in the education business, he joined Coorpacademy in March 2015. 
He will be demonstrating Coorpacademy’s platform and UX. 

Nicolas Godin

CFO @ Coorpacademy

Nicolas spend almost 9 years in a Big 4 helping his clients with their M&A processes.
After graduating from INSEAD in December 2014, he moved briefly to growth stage private equity, started his own project in the music space and finally had the opportunity to join a fast growing start-up.
He will present Coorpacademy, how it started and how it was funded.

Jordane Giuly

Technical Project Manager @ Coorpacademy

Following time in Silicon Valley, co-founded a news startup to provide content marketplace for online media contributors.  Joined Coorpacademy shortly after. 
MS in Financial Mathematics, Stanford
BA, Ecole Polytechnique

Who is Pitching?

EVE is an ambitious start-up that uniquely applies the combination of wearable technology and data science to women’s health.

Grid Alternatives
The Solar Mobile Cooler is a self-sufficient, portable cold storage solution to help save fresh produce from spoilage in emerging agricultural markets
Innovopolis Waste Solutions
Making cities more sustainable thanks to decentralized waste management 
Providing a peer to business loan marketplace for sustainable and impact oriented SMEs
Open Team
Accelerating the impact of changemakers through matchmaking and collaboration solutions
Delivering efficiency and reliability in emergency medical transportation system in emerging countries
Uplifting the living standards of the underprivileged and the community-at-large by drastically increasing the amount of waste recycled per person and promoting trade in recycled products
Silver Lining
Connecting retirees with each other, employers and younger generation, allowing them to share their passion and experience for personal satisfaction and financial gain

Congratulations to the Winners!

Mustard Seed Greenhouse Award: Innovopolis Waste Solutions
INSEAD Audience Award: Stan+