Imagine if The Apprentice and Shark Tank had a baby. That's basically what the M-School's Marketing for Good initiative is. Teams of 4-5 students identify and select a problem, issue, or opportunity tied to a specific United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG). Over the course of 15-weeks, teams create and design a product or campaign to address the problem and/or shift people's attitudes, perceptions, and behaviors toward a specific issue. Halfway through the course, they pitch their ideas to a panel of C-Suite marketing judges for feedback and Idea Accelerator funding to actually execute and launch their product or campaign in real life, throughout the second half of the semester.
What People are Saying
M-School Student, Class of 2019
The Marketing for Good project has been another way to get out of the classroom and see first-hand what it is like to run a campaign from start to finish. At first, I was super nervous about this project, but now that we have launched our campaigns I can say this has hands down been the best class assignment I have ever had. It is a lot of work, probably the most hours I have ever put into a single class, but it is all worth it. My group was working on our practice pitch until 2am, only to be ripped apart the next day in class. We ended up redoing pretty much all of our project the week before our pitch to investors. All of our work paid off because we were rewarded the top prize to fund our project.
M-School Mentor / Senior Manager, Integrated Strategy, Mattel, Inc.
The M-School and Marketing For Good are a secret weapon. Having small budgets and a mandate to create social good forces you to focus on finding a great idea that will thrive on its own, because you don't have an established brand or big media budgets to cover you. As a bonus, or maybe just as a consequence, M4G has been a great place to find new talent to come join us after they graduate.