The Base of the Pyramid (BoP) Learning Lab of the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise at the Johnson School of Management, Cornell University is accepting submissions for its 2007 BoP e-Journal Competition. The competition seeks to highlight the challenges of doing business in underserved markets and identify innovative business experiments or solutions to those challenges.

The Competition The 2007 BoP e-Journal Competition has been created to help highlight cutting-edge experiences of business innovation in underserved communities. Winning submissions will clearly articulate a business challenge that an organization working in low-income communities is striving to overcome. Experiences may be successful or unsuccessful. Organizations highlighted may be non-profit or for-profit enterprises. Initiatives highlighted should illustrate a unique approach to poverty alleviation through an innovative business model, product, service, or technology.


  • 500-1000 words
  • Written in English
  • Footnoted references for facts or statistics

Eligibility Open to all. No geographic restrictions. This competition may be of particular interest to students of business, development, journalism and the social sciences working in unique situations for the summer.

Awards: Winners will be announced on or about November 2, 2007. The award will be presented to the author(s).

  • 1st Place - $2000 USD
    • Invitation for one author to present story at the 2007-2008 Cornell BoP Learning Lab, including round trip airfare (economy class) and accommodations
    • Submission published in the BoP Learning Lab e-journal
  • 2nd Place - $1000 USD
    • Submission published in the BoP Learning Lab e-journal
  • 3rd Place - $500 USD
    • Submission published in the BoP Learning Lab e-journal

Deadline: Midnight, Friday September 7, 2007

Submission: Submit your entry online here. If internet access is unavailable or unreliable, submissions can be mailed to BoP e-Journal Competition, 142 Sage Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853.

Inquiries: Please direct inquiries to The subject line should read "BoP E-Journal Competition Inquiry".

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