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Business & finance

Taking part in competitions can enhance your career opportunities in this sector. You could win a cash prize, an internship or even a chance to travel abroad.

Deadlines are staggered throughout the year, so check each link for up-to-date information.

  • TARGETjobs: Undergraduate of the Year - annual competition to win a paid internship with leading employers, trips abroad, and the chance to be recognised as the very best. Applications open in October and close in February each year.
    This year, there are 2 different award categories relating to business/management and finance:
  • Baillie Gifford: Alternative Internship - complete a quiz and 300-word question for the chance to win £5000 towards a summer research project and internship related to investment management. Open to any degree subject, but you must be a penultimate year undergraduate or in the penultimate or final year of a PhD. Deadline for submission was 22 November 2020. 
  • Universities Business Challenge - offers undergraduates and postgraduates the opportunity to improve their knowledge of the business world, put theory into practice and develop team-working, leadership and employability skills. Students work in teams as management consultants in a series of realistic, simulated companies, making all the critical business decisions that affect the company's performance. First prize is £1000. Registrations open in April - last year's competitions closed on 2 November 2020.
  • Global Investment Banking Valuation Olympiad - annual investment banking competition. The leader of the winning team receives a one-month paid internship as well as a cash prize for the winning team. Registration opens in June and closes in August each year.
  • Project Firefly: Competitions - opportunity to win cash prizes and internships in business and finance-related competitions, sponsored by Credit Suisse.
  • Zurich Enterprise Challenge - work with one of the world’s top insurance companies and interact with its corporate customers to solve real-life strategy and business challenges. Open to teams of 3-4 Masters, MBAs or PhD students. Registrations usually open in April and close in June.
  • Financial Modelling World Cup - a series of financial modeling competitions held every month, with rankings calculated after each stage. Prizes for the winner of the full world cup season and stage winners. Check website for stage deadlines. 
  • ICAEW 100 - looking for the brightest 100 students with the potential to be the next generation of business leaders. Test your skills against your peers by taking a short online exercise. Students with the top 100 scores by the time the competition closes will be in with a chance of winning exclusive opportunities and prizes. This year's UK competition closed on Monday 19 April 2021.
  • Hult Prize - world’s largest student competition, worth $1 million in investment money for the winners. The HULT Prize brings the brightest students from around the world together to focus their passion, energy and talent on solving a single problem. Applications opened in October 2020 and closed on 5 January 2021.
  • ICSA: The Governance Institute - Tom Morrison Essay Prize - competition aimed at students, recent graduates or governance professionals at the start of their career. Submit a 2000 - 2500 word essay in response to a question around a key aspect of governance for a chance to win a cash prize of £1000 (£500 as a runner-up). This year's competition closed on 1 April 2021.
  • Schneider Go Green (Europe) - annual global student competition for sustainable energy solutions, organised by Schneider Electric. Open to business and engineering students, you'll work in teams of 2 to compete for a trip to Boston, to the Schneider Innovation Hub. Applications opened in September and closed on 15 February 2021. 
  • Adecco CEO For One Month - competition seeking talented and ambitious individuals (age 18 +, no background or work experience level required) for a taste of how to run a multinational company with 34,000 employees in 60 countries. The winner gets to lead the company at UK level for a month in the summer (paid), and then have an opportunity to win the Global CEO for a Month in September, with a salary of €15,000. Applications for this year's competition opened on 11 January 2021 and closed on 16 April 2021. 
  • Cleantech Challenge (CTC)- annual global innovation and business plan competition that serves as a launch pad for cleantech business ideas. Teams of students will develop their business idea into a business plan, and selected finalists will participate in the virtual CTC 2021 Bootcamp on 22 & 23 April 2021. Teams will pitch their business idea and collaborate throughout the two-day bootcamp to answer a challenge question for a chance to win £10,000 toward developing their business. The deadline for Stage 1 entries was 31 January 2021.
  • The Pitch powered by Sage - independent pitching competition that helps startups pitch to industry experts and investors. The top 10 startups go on to compete on the national stage and win the chance to be mentored by leading entrepreneurs. Closes on Sat 31 July 2021.
  • Business Boost by Simply Business - chance to win £25,000 for one lucky entrepreneur to start, grow or revive their small business. Whether you’re a seasoned business owner or your journey’s just starting – they’d like to hear your story.  Applications close on Fri 17 September 2021.