Frontier Co-op Case Competition

This competition is right up your alley if you’re interested in developing student-driven solutions to a real-world sustainable business problem. The Tippie College of Business and student organizations, Enactus and Net Impact, have partnered with Frontier Co-op to host the 2021 Frontier Co-op Case Competition.

Kicking off the competition with a virtual launch event, Frontier Co-op will introduce a sustainable business problem for students to solve, with relevant training to compete in the competition provided. Throughout the competition, students will have the opportunity to meet with coaches, who will act as a resource for the teams as they develop their solutions. Teams will submit a video pitch of their solution, and a group of judges will decide who moves on to the final round. Finalists will present their sustainable business solution to a panel of judges for a chance to win cash prizes, totaling $4,500 this year. 

    Competition Timeline

    • February 19: 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.  – Virtual launch event 
    • February 20 - March 1: Coaching 
    • March 2: Video submission due 
    • March 3: Finalists notified 
    • March 5: 2:00 p.m. – Finals 

    Launch Event

    Connect with other teammates and receive training needed to solve Frontier Co-op's sustainable business problem. During the session, each team will be assigned a real-world sustainable business challenge developed by Frontier Co-op. A meal will be provided to students who attend the launch event. Students can pick-up food prior to the event at a location arranged by Tippie. After the launch event, students will have a week and a half to work through the business problem. All University of Iowa students are eligible to participate in the competition. 

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    During the competition, participants will receive guidance and feedback from faculty and professional coaches. Following the launch event, participants will work with coaches to articulate the value of their solution for customers, the business, stakeholders, the environment, and society. 

    Video Submission

    Teams must submit a video recording of their solution to the sustainable business problem by March 2nd. A panel of judges will evaluate the video submissions and select the top teams to move on to the final presentation. Finalists will be notified on March 3rd. 

    Frontier Co-op Case Competition Finals

    On March 5th, the finalists will present their sustainable business solution to a panel of judges. Finalists will be evaluated based on the quality of their presentation, effectiveness of the business solution, and the degree to which the team is making an impact towards addressing UN Sustainable Development Goals. Specific judging criteria will be provided to participants. The first, second and third place teams will win cash prizes.


    Enactus and Net Impact are student organizations dedicated to developing future leaders to build a better, more sustainable world. Frontier Co-op’s award-winning leadership in social responsibility and sustainability provides the opportunity to engage students in learning about sustainable solutions. 

    Net Impact logo

    Net Impact empowers young people to drive social and environmental change throughout the Hawkeye community. They want to inspire others to use the power of business to create a more sustainable world. They provide the fuel for students to use business as a force for environmental and social impact on campus. 

    Enactus logo

    Enactus is an international organization where students can create their own entrepreneurial-based projects and work with student, academic, and business leaders. They help make business ideas come to life in the local community and in communities halfway across the world.

    Frontier Co-op Logo

    Frontier Co-op® offers a full line of natural and organic products under the Frontier Co-op®, Simply Organic®, and Aura Cacia® brands. Their products include culinary herbs, spices and baking flavors; and natural and organic aromatherapy products. Frontier Co-op’s goal is to provide consumers with the highest-quality organic and natural products while supporting and promoting social and environmental responsibility. 

    Frontier Co-op® cares deeply about the effect their business has on the world—the people and communities they do business with, the way the production of their botanical products affects the environment and the holistic health of all. Their operating framework involves a focus on core business activities, creating social and environmental value whenever possible, and minimizing their footprint elsewhere.