The [Patagonia] case competition …inevitably will be one of the greatest highlights from my business school career. Working alongside an interdisciplinary team and presenting to Patagonia’s leadership team not only solidified the importance of diverse minds coming together, but reaffirmed the notion that doing good is good business.” – Aysha Malik (University of Michigan), 2016 Winner

About the Patagonia Case Competition

This one-of-a-kind case competition redefines the relationship between business and a healthy planet.

Graduate students from across the US tackle the interconnected business and responsibility aspects of a current, real-life issue facing the outdoor gear retailer Patagonia. In the first round of competition, interdisciplinary teams submit solutions to a case developed by the Berkeley Haas Case Series and Patagonia. Senior leaders from Patagonia review all submissions and select finalists to present their solutions to Patagonia executives in person at Berkeley Haas.

For students at Berkeley Haas and beyond, this case competition is an unparalleled opportunity to work on a pressing corporate responsibility issue with one of the most forward-thinking companies in the world. Not to mention a unique source of fresh perspectives and innovative ideas for Patagonia leadership. As the competition enters its 5th year, we’ve compiled an extended overview of the competition’s drive to solve Patagonia’s most pressing sustainability challenges here.

2021 Patagonia Case Competition

Registration

The timeline for the 2021 Patagonia Case Competition has been delayed into the spring 2021 semester. We aim to launch team registration in early 2021 once an updated timeline and case topic for the competition has been released. Please sign up for the Patagonia Case Competition mailing list in the left-hand sidebar to receive the first updates about the 2021 Patagonia case topic and timeline.

Case Topic

To be announced. Please sign up for the Patagonia Case Competition mailing list in the left-hand sidebar to receive the first updates about the 2021 Patagonia case topic and timeline.

Prize

The top three teams receive cash prizes of $15,000 for first place, $5,000 for second place, and $2,500 for third place. All finalists get to engage with Patagonia executives during the final competition round in Ventura, CA. Surfing and exploring with the Patagonia team included! The top two teams will meet with Patagonia executives to discuss the implementation of their idea. All travel and in-person activities dependent on COVID-19 safety precautions and restrictions. 

Past Case Competition Topics

Past Winners

2019 Winners

2018 Winners

2017 Winners

2016 Winners

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