Patagonia Case Competition

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Patagonia Case Competition

Applications are open for the 2019 Patagonia Case Competition funded by the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. This competition is open to the team of students who are enrolled as a graduate and Ph.D. students at the same university. The program will award a total $22,500 to top three winning candidates as first place $15,000, second place $5,000 and third place $2,500.

Who May Eligible:

To eligible, the candidates must be following all the eligibility criteria:

  • Teams of graduate and PhD students enrolled at the same university
  • 4-6 team members (at least 1 member required to be an MBA student)
  • Interdisciplinary teams highly encouraged

How to Apply & Competition Rules:

To win the competition you need to do register through the given link:

2019 Case Topic: Patagonia Provisions is continually searching for environmentally benign packaging options for its food products. What solutions – technical or otherwise – can Patagonia and the broader food & beverage market adopt?


  • Teams must be comprised of 4-6 graduate school students (Masters and PhD) from universities that are home to an accredited business school.
    • Post-doctoral students are not eligible.
    • At least one team member must be an MBA student.
    • Teams may include any combination of part-time and/or full-time students
  • All team members must be finalized by January 13, 2019
    • An official Team Lead must be finalized by January 13, 2019 and may not be changed. This person is the main contact person with the competition organizers at the Berkeley Haas Center for Responsible Business.
    • Team members may drop after January 13, 2019, assuming that the team is still between 4-6 members, but no additions may be made.
  • Each team member must be currently enrolled as a student and taking credited coursework Spring 2019
    • Each team member must be from the same university.
    • Students studying abroad would be representing the university they are currently studying abroad at spring 2019.
    • Multiple teams from the same university are permitted to register.
  • Current or former employees employed at Patagonia’s headquarters in Ventura, California or Patagonia Provisions are not eligible.
  • Past participants in the Patagonia competition are eligible to compete again, provided they meet all other criteria.
  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize winners from the 2018 Patagonia competition as well as the 1st prize winners from 2017 and 2016 are not eligible to participate.
  • Each team is required to submit their proposal both on the submission platform and to 
  • Submission must occur prior to February 10, 2019 at 11:59pm PST (GMT-7).
  • All submissions must be titled like “[Team Name] 2019 Patagonia Case Competition Proposal” with the same subject line for the email (note: include the brackets, just insert team name, e.g. [CRB] 2019 Patagonia Case Competition Proposal).


  • The winning team receives a $15,000 prize, second place $5,000, and third place $2,500.
  • The top two teams are invited to Patagonia headquarters in Ventura, California.
  • Flight, local transportation, food and hotel to attend will be paid for and arranged.
  • Visit includes a surf outing with Patagonia. The visit to Patagonia headquarters will take place in late May or June 2019.
  • The top two teams receive official recognition by Patagonia for their respective contributions to the 2019 Patagonia Case Competition.
  • All on-site finalists will receive Patagonia swag for their participation in the event.

Application Deadline:

The registration deadline is January 13, 2019.

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