CIE 2020 Case Competition

2020 Case Competition

CIE’s first case competition of the school year was successfully completed last Friday, October 23rd! Teams were asked to create innovative pitches to help grocery stores struggling to stay safe and profitable during the COVID-19 pandemic. With four CMC alum from business and consulting as judges, each team pitched for a chance at first or second place. The first place seat, awarded to The Fresh Four, comes with a $1,000 prize. Second place, awarded to CMC 24 Ballers, comes with a $250 prize.
Notably, both first and second place teams are fully comprised of freshman at CMC, Class of 2024.


First Place Award – $1,000

The Fresh Four

  • Joy Zhu (CMC ’24)
  • Zara Vakath (CMC ’24)
  • Rachana Muvvala (CMC ’24)
  • Natalie Ionescu (CMC ’24)

Second Place Award – $250

CMC 24 Ballers

  • Ian Larson (CMC ’24)
  • Homer Livingston (CMC ’24)


Thank you to our judges as well, and please be on the lookout for more competitions from the CIE this spring!

The CIE + The Graphite Group!

The CIE is thrilled to welcome The Graphite Group ( to the expanding CIE community. The Graphite Group will serve as the consulting arm of the CIE and help us fulfill our mission of helping to prepare students to be thoughtful, productive, and responsible business leaders and innovators. 

Graphite Group consultants work in a tight-knit, motivated community with a passion for problem-solving. They partner with businesses – new, growing, and long-standing – and other organizations in the Inland Empire to help local entrepreneurs and community leaders overcome pressing challenges and achieve their strategic goals.  In addition to the work they do on their project teams, GG consultants develop as people and professionals through skill-building workshops, a mentorship program with alumni and industry-professionals, and the connections they build with one another.  

To learn more about opportunities to join the Graphite Group’s team of Associate Consultants, please attend our virtual Info Session Friday September 4th from 4-5pm. Please register for the session on Handshake at: . 

The application window to apply to join the Graphite Group as an Associate Consultant is open now through 11:59pm PST on Sunday September 20, 2020. The application can be found on Handshake at 

CIE Info Session & Fellows Program Links on Handshake

The CIE’s mission is to help prepare students to be thoughtful, productive, and responsible business leaders and innovators. Students from the 5Cs can come learn more about CIE and the Fellows Program at three upcoming Info Sessions:
Meet & Greet – 9/4 @ 8am PST –
Meet & Greet – 9/11 @ 2pm PST –
Meet & Greet – 9/18 @ 8am PST –
The application window to apply to the CIE Fellows Program is open until 11:59pm PST on Sunday, September 20th.
The application can be found on Handshake at –

New CIE Student Leadership Team 2020-2021

Montgomery Student Manager – Ahnaf Taha, CMC ’22

Events Manager, Fellows Program – Michali Bachar, CMC ’23

Events Manager, Competitions – Miles Bernard, CMC ’22

Marketing Manager, UI/Design – Isabelle Jia, CMC ’22

Marketing Manager, Growth – Lei Lei Tun, CMC ’22

Business Development Manager, Off-Campus – Sumer Sareen, CMC ’23

Business Development Manager, On-Campus – Nico Pei, CMC ’23

Business Development Manager, On-Campus – Linda Li, HMC ’23

Business Development Manager, On-Campus – Ali Jaffri, Pitzer ’23


New CIE Leadership Team 2019-2020

  • Montgomery Student Managers: Victoria Flores Najas ’20 and Riley Cantwell ‘20
  • Marketing Managers:  Claudia Taylor ‘21, Cindy Duong ’21 and Chase Johnson ’22
  • Events Manager: Janet Chen ‘21
  • Venture Development Manager:  Diego Vergara ‘20
  • Professional Development Manager: Erin Burke ’21

CIE Fellows Certificate Program – Application Window Closes at 11:55pm on 9/30

The CIE Fellows Certificate Program prepares students to launch a career in entrepreneurship. Students work alongside practicing entrepreneurs and investors via a series of workshops and seminars to provide experiential learning, credentialing, and networking.

After a successful debut last year, the application window for the 2019-2020 class is open until 11:55pm Monday, September 29th. There are a few spots available for Sophomores and Juniors, and we hope to add a Freshman class of 12-15 students.

To apply, visit Handshake:

HMC/CMC Summer Startup Selected Applicants and new CIE Leadership Team!

Congratulations to the HMC/CMC Summer Startup Opportunity selected applicants!

Jay Chung – CMC ’19

Victoria Flores Najas – CMC’20

Joshua Guggenheim – CMC’19

We would also like to welcome the new CIE Leadership Team!

Montgomery Student Managers:  Patrick Hennessey ’19 & Aman Raghuvanshi ’18

Head of Venture Development:  Pallavi Deshpande ’20

Head of Marketing:  Tarah Gilbreth ’18

Events Manager:  Ryan Bellissimo ’20 & Adele English ’19

A big thank you to our outgoing CIE Leadership Team members – Scott Sonneborn ’17 & Kevin Lynch ’17   We appreciate your hard work and will miss you!