March 15th, 2021
Following a growing interest in sustainability among the younger generation and the success of last year’s edition, Reply is launching a brand new online Investment Challenge. The international competition, aimed at students and young professionals, is focused on helping participants learn not just how to invest, but how to invest sustainably.
For the second consecutive year, the Investment Challenge will be launched in partnership with Banca Generali. Italy’s top private bank has a strong background in sustainable investments and will accompany students through the different levels of the competition.
This year’s edition will also be supported by MainStreet Partners and MIP Politecnico di Milano Graduate School of Business. MainStreet Partners, a London-based company specialising in sustainable investments and portfolio analytics, will provide the ESG ratings for the competition. MIP Politecnico di Milano Graduate School of Business will also support, having confirmed its commitment to projects with a strong experiential approach and based on advanced experiments in the field of finance and financial investments, such as the Reply Sustainable Investment Challenge.
Registration will open from 8th March to 16th April. Participants will get the chance to register and learn to invest in a sustainable way in a safe environment through learning pills (bite-sized tutorials), online webinars, and tests on investment and ESG basics.
During the qualification phase – from 19th to 30th April – portfolios will be credited with $1 million and all participants will begin to compete against each other online. They’ll then be ranked and evaluated based on their sustainable investment choices.
The top 100 traders to maximise profits by investing in the best ESG-rated companies, will progress to the final round on 12-14th May and the three most ESG-conscious investors will each receive a prize.
The Investment Challenge is part of Reply’s Challenges programme, which aims to target the most innovative trends in coding creativity, cyber security and finance. Since 2018, more than 100,000 people have joined the Reply Challenges community, and last year more than 8,400 players took part in the first Reply Investment Challenge.
Registration for the Reply Sustainable Investment Challenge is open until 16th April. Sign up at challenges.reply.com.
Reply [MTA, STAR: REY, ISIN: IT0005282865] specialises in designing and implementing solutions based on new communication channels and digital media. As a network of highly specialised companies, Reply defines and develops business models supported by big data, cloud computing, digital media and IoT (internet of things). Reply provides consulting, system integration and digital services to organisations across the telecom and media, industry and services, banking and insurance; and public sectors. www.reply.com
Banca Generali is a leading private Italian bank. It specialises in financial planning and asset protection for clients, through its network of highly skilled private bankers. The company's strategy is based on four key elements: qualified advice from specialists in protecting family wealth and helping them plan for their future; a cutting-edge product portfolio with solutions tailored to personal needs; innovative wealth management services for looking after tangible and financial assets; and innovative tools that use technology to improve trust between advisor and client. The bank's mission highlights the importance of always having a long-term trusted advisor at the client’s side, to build and take care of their life plan and projects. Listed on the Milan Stock Exchange since November 2006, and 50.1% controlled by the Assicurazioni Generali Group – synonymous with over 180 years of international solidity and security – the bank manages over 74.5 billion euros in assets on behalf of customers (figures as at 31 December 2020). With a widespread presence throughout Italy, it has 45 branches and 137 offices at the disposal of over 2050 financial advisors, and advanced digital contact service operations. In addition, its digital banking platform, www.bancagenerali.it, allows customers to access banking services and operations independently.
MainStreet is the trusted ESG partner of top tier investors, providing a one stop shop for their sustainability requirements at portfolio level. Its clients are some of the most sophisticated and leading Wealth Managers, Asset Managers, Investment Banks, Insurances and Asset Owners in the financial industry. MainStreet Partners is based in London, regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and consists of two main divisions:
1. ESG Advisory – offers solutions for creating ESG multi-asset and multi-manager portfolios with mutual funds, stocks and bonds. The company develops products with its partners which align to the highest standards of sustainability;
2. Portfolio Analytics – provides a holistic approach to ESG data analysis such as: transparent and detailed Fund ESG Ratings, assessment of clients’ portfolios to enhance their ESG profile and align them with the “green” regulation.
MIP Politecnico di Milano Graduate School of Business
MIP is the Graduate School of Business of the Politecnico di Milano, one of the best scientific and technological universities in the world, which for more than 40 years has been engaged in providing managerial training programmes for graduates, professionals, companies and institutions. It has always stood out in the areas of innovation, digital transformation and sustainability. In 2014 it launched Italy’s first Executive MBA in digital learning and today, digital training is an integral part of the entire educational portfolio. This commitment has resulted in MIP moving up in the world's leading rankings, being placed 5th in the QS Online MBA Rankings 2020 and 9th in the FT Online MBA Ranking 2020. The School pays particular attention to issues related to sustainability: it is the only European Business School among B Corp certified establishments, a recognition given to businesses which are characterised by their commitment to sustainable development and to building a more inclusive society. MIP constantly works alongside nationally and internationally renowned companies, building partnerships that make it possible to design training courses aimed at providing the tools needed to meet the challenges of today's markets. Internationalisation is another of MIP’s characteristics: over 70 different nationalities are represented every day in its classrooms and offices. The training on offer consists of more than 40 Master’s degrees each year, including MBAs and Executive MBAs, a catalogue of over 200 Open programmes dedicated to executive profiles and various customised training courses for companies.