Ideas to Foster Beneficial Social and Environmental Impact

The Impact Investing in Commercial Real Estate Competition is hosted annually by the University of Miami Business School and sponsored by the School’s Real Estate Advisory Board. The next competition will take place in late fall 2017 and early spring 2018.

Impact investing refers to investments made in commercial real estate projects with the intention to generate a measurable, beneficial social or environmental impact alongside an appropriate financial return. The case competition tasks teams with identifying such projects and presenting a plan for bring them to fruition

Competition Goals and Guidelines

2017 Competition

Projects to Transform Communities

Projects presented by the four finalist teams in the 2017 competition included a retail mall in Elizabeth New Jersey that brought a grocery store and related retail uses to a "food desert" (Rutgers University), a mixed-use project to transform a 6.5 acre former industrial site along the north branch of the Chicago River (Cornell University), a mixed-use redevelopment of South Miami's City Hall property (Florida International University) and "Havana Next," a small-scale apartment development project adjacent to a new Cuban Cultural Center in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood (University of Miami).

more about the 2017 competition

Read more about the projects presented by the 2017 finalist teams.

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