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The John E Martin Mental Healthcare Challenge invites graduate student teams from around the world to explore and develop innovative solutions focused on improving the quality of and access to mental healthcare. The challenge was established in 2020 by Michael Martin, Haas School of Business alumnus (FTMBA ‘09), to honor the legacy of his father, John E. Martin, a Vietnam War veteran and mental health counselor to veterans returning from war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Video from the 2022 John E. Martin Mental Healthcare Challenge

Video from the 2021 John E. Martin Mental Healthcare Challenge

“Mental health and diversity, equity and inclusion are top priorities at Haas, and we are concerned by the pandemic’s impact on both… I am thrilled that students are working on innovative solutions to this global crisis.”

– Ann Harrison; Dean, UC-Berkeley Haas School of Business. Press release


  • Teams of 4 students from graduate programs are invited to participate in the challenge 

  • At least one student on the team must be in an MBA program

First Application Round

  • The first round will require a slide deck submission

  • Prompt: TO BE RELEASED September 19, 2022

  • Applications Due: October 7, 2022

Second Finalist Round

  • 6 teams will be selected to join us in Berkeley, CA for the final round presentations 

  • Prompt: TO BE RELEASED TO SELECT TEAMS October 20, 2022

  • Final Presentations: November 10, 2022


  • 1st place: $10,000

  • 2nd place: $5,000

  • 3rd place: $1,000


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Podcast & Programming

Throughout the term of the competition, we will discuss critical issues around mental healthcare are explored through engagement with business leaders and mental health experts.​ Stay tuned for our podcast series and keynote speaker announcements. 

Click on the icon above to listen to our annual podcast series. 

2021 Panel : "Cultural Humility & Belonging in the Workplace: The Intersection of DEI Strategy & Mental Health"

The 2022 winning team: Team Rural Resilience (UC Berkeley)

Teams were invited to answer the following question during the first round of the competition: "How might we design a culturally responsive solution that addresses the specific mental healthcare needs of vulnerable and underserved URBAN adolescents?" And the six finalists teams were invited to consider the same question, but for RURAL adolescents in the final round. 

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The 2021 winning team: Team Green (Duke)

12 teams were invited from top MBA programs to find ways to improving the mental health and wellness of diverse supplier workforces (businesses that are at least 51% owned and operated by an individual or group that is part of a traditionally underrepresented or underserved group). 

Learn more about the 2021 challenge

The 2020 winning team: Team CLiKS

12 teams were invited from top MBA programs to find ways to use data to better support construction workers facing anxiety, addiction, depression, and suicide. 

Learn more about the 2020 challenge

Learn more about the 2020 winning team



Featured Resources

​Learn from the 2020 John E. Martin Mental Health Challenge winning teams on what they got out of the challenge and what made their teams successful.

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