May 18

INSEAD Pitching Competition

Mustard Seed is excited to return to INSEAD to host it’s fourth pitching competition on the evening of May 18 in partnership with the Entrepreneurship Club. We return to campus again seeking talented entrepreneurs who are committed to solving large societal issues. 

The winning ventures will be invited for a business plan workshop with Mustard Seed, as well as connecting with appropriate members from our network. The goal is to further the winners’ chances of becoming an investable enterprise. While the award does not include prize money, all ventures will be considered for potential investment by our team.


When:    Wednesday, May 18th, 7pm – 8:30pm,
                   followed by networking and drinks
Where:  Amphi MBA ’70 
                   INSEAD Fontainebleau Campus     
And join us live on Twitter: #MSeedPitch@MSeedImpact

We Look Forward to Hearing Your Ideas

Deadline to submit is past.  
Finalists will be notified via email by May 13th, and will have time until noon May 16th to provide a final version of their pitch deck.
Please prepare submission materials (a deck or 2 minute video) that answer the questions below. Mustard Seed welcomes submissions from ventures ranging from concept to early-growth stage.

  • 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 Your Venture Here!

Judging Panel 

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Judging Panel 

Tony Duvauchelle

INSEAD Professor

Antoine is a co-founder at SeriesImpact, a provider of next generation education platforms for companies, educational institutions and governments. He is the co-creator and co-teacher to the high pace ‘€œYour First Hundred Days – Next Generation’€ course at INSEAD. This is one of the most popular electives taught at MBA and EMBA levels.
His areas of expertise are venture capital, entrepreneurship and innovation. In particular, his academic interests are at the junction of those three areas and how organisations of any size and growth phase can be configured for ultimate performance.
MBA from INSEAD, MA from the Johns Hopkins University and BA from the University of Maryland.

Carrie Babcock

Mustard Seed

Following her MBA (15J), Carrie joined social venture investor Mustard Seed in London. In addition to sourcing and vetting promising ventures (many from university pitch competitions) and helping with the portfolio’s growth needs and fundraising efforts, Carrie facilitates Mustard Seed’s advocacy role for social innovation and investment. Former director at corporate investigations firm Kroll.
MBA from INSEAD. BA in International Relations from Columbia University. 

Daniel Zachmann

IEC President

Daniel is the current president of the INSEAD Entrepreneurship Club. Prior to his MBA, Daniel served as Head of Research and SVP at Bedrock Asset Management, overseeing asset allocation and investments. He also launched a gluten-free snack brand, Free’d, which can be found on the shelves of Whole Foods and Planet Organic. 
MBA from INSEAD. BA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. 


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Santiago Lefebvre 

Rude Baguette

Santiago is a veteran entrepreneur and out-of-the-box thinker. Having previously founded gaming platform QuizzTournament and new media instigator Club Digital, Santiago now heads sales and operations for the leading start-up and tech event organizer in France, Rude Baguette. He launched INSEAD’s inaugural TEDx conference last year. Santiago has a unique take on what’s needed to drive the social innovation ecosystem. 
MBA from INSEAD. MSc Ecole de Management de Lyon.  

Who is Pitching?

Facilitating an open and transparent culture, networking, recognition, and engagement among employees in organizations around the world
Gifted Sight
An apparel and accessories brand that brings together a unique design concept, vibrant art and a deeply rooted commitment to making a positive social impact
Solving associated health issues of white sugar by offering organic, low glycemic, unprocessed, nutrient-rich coconut sugar to health- and socially-conscious individuals
Secure Solar Solutions
Reliable, hassle-free clean solar electricity for companies at a discount from the market price
Sit Baby Sit
Increasing access to child car seats and improving child vehicle safety
Providing low-cost health insurance to low-middle income customers in Lagos through an innovative “modular” package
Locum’s Nest
Streamlining the recruitment of temporary doctors, saving the NHS money and resulting in safe, well-staffed wards