After one full month of not shaving, the Beard-off results are in.
Sixteen official participants from the Tippie full-time MBA program and a handful of unofficial contestants grew facial hair in the initial Beard-off competition, sponsored by the Net Impact student group. The event raised money for the Kiva microloan program, which loans money—typically around $25—to people in developing countries so they can start their own businesses.
Jon Finley, a second-year Tippie MBA student and president of Net Impact, created the Beard-off contest. Competitors were itching to learn their fate at the Dec. 6 final ceremony, where donations were collected and prizes were awarded.On the final check-in, the competitors were honored for their work (“Best Mustache,” “People’s Choice”), while some received less coveted awards (“Least Amount of Change”).
While the Beard-off is similar to “No Shave November,” Finley focused on raising money for microloans instead of a health cause in order to have a greater impact for a cause. The contest yielded about $350 in donations—enough for about 14 typical microloans.
This is the first year for the Beard-off; Finley was proud to see enthusiasm from the participants. While he won’t be returning, Finley hopes the Beard-off legacy lives on.
“I was curious to see who would want to go four weeks without shaving,” Finley says. “It definitely gets ugly, but it’s worth it.”