(The Challenge) provides a forum for students to showcase their best ideas and to help Walmart learn from some of the brightest minds in the world. The competition challenges students to invent sustainable products or develop sustainable business solutions and present them to a panel of Walmart executives, suppliers, and environmental organizations. In addition to gaining an audience with some of the top business and sustainability leaders in the United States, the winning school will receive $20,000 to invest in their business or product.
Students must declare their intent to compete by November 1, 2008. There will be several rounds of competition until the 8 final teams are selected to present their plans in Bentonville AR and the final 2 teams will present before Wal-Mart executives and a live audience. First, second, and third place winners will receive $20,000, $10,000, and $5,000 respectively.