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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.

  • targetobs: Management Undergraduate of the Year - chance to win a tailored summer placement with Enterprise Rent-A-Car with valuable networking opportunities and the chance to experience different aspects of the business. Open to first or penultimate year undergraduates. Applications opened in October and will close at noon on 30 January 2023. 
  • targetjobs: Future Actuary Undergraduate of the Year - opportunity to win a ten-week paid actuarial summer internship with Aon starting in June 2023. This will be rotational, giving you insights into wealth, general insurance and reinsurance. You'll also receive 1-2-1 mentoring from an actuarial colleague at associate partner level. Open to penulimate year undergraduates studying a STEM degree. Applications opened in October and will close at noon on 30 January 2023. 
  • targetjobs: Maths, Physics and Economics Undergraduate of the Year - chance to win an eight-week paid summer internship with Glencore, plus access to unlimited online learning material about the commodities market. The winner will also receive 1-2-1 mentoring and lunch with senior members of Glencore’s oil division leadership team. Open to undergraduates in their penultimate or final year on a Maths, Physics or Economics related degree and be on track for a 2.1. Applications opened in October and will close at noon on 30 January 2023. 
  • Baillie Gifford: Alternative Internship - complete a quiz and 300-word question for the chance to win £6000 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. Applications opened on 1 November 2021 and are now closed.
  • 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 in a series of realistic, simulated companies, making all the critical business decisions that affect the company's performance. Registration for the undergraduate competition opened in April and closed on 27 October 2022. Entries for the postgraduate competition opened in April and close on 26 January 2023.
  • 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 March/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. 
  • ICAEW100 - aims to give you an insight into what life as a chartered accountant is like. 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 a first prize of £5,000. Open to all degree disciplines, you’ll also receive a bespoke feedback report outlining your strengths and highlighting areas for improvement. This year's UK competition is now open and closed on 18 April 2022.
  • 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 usually open in January and close in April. 
  • Schneider Go Green (Europe) - annual global student competition for sustainable energy solutions, organised by Schneider Electric. Open to students of business, engineering, marketing, science or innovation, you'll work in teams of 2-4 to compete for a team prize of €10,000 and mentoring from Schneider. Applications opened in September and closed on 15 February 2022. 
  • Cleantech Challenge (CTC)- annual global innovation and business plan competition that serves as a launch pad for cleantech business ideas. 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. Pitches for this year's challenge had to be submitted by 30 March 2022.
  • 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. Last year's competition closed on 31 July 2021. You can register your interest now for next year's competition.
  • Bank of England Innovation Competition - create a short video or a presentation on a fintech question for a chance to win a paid data or technology internship at the Bank of England. Open to all students studying in the UK. Entries closed on 29 December 2021.
  • The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland's Tom Morrison Essay Prize - annual competition aimed at students with a passion for governance or recent graduates at the start of their governance career. This year's essay question is 'Climate change: the existential threat of the century. Discuss the opportunity for the governance professional to be a part of the solution.' Enter now for a chance to win £1,000, or £500 as a runner-up. Entries closed on Monday 21 March 2022.
  • TFG Accelerate Scholarship 2022 - write an article or literature review for the chance to win a $1,000 International Trade scholarship for students on business, finance, politics, economics, law, shipping and logistics, international trade or international relations courses. The deadline for the inital screening application was 22 February 2022.
  • Colorintech: Metaverse Ideas Competition - competition, in partnership with Meta, for underrepresented university students. Imagine an inclusive Metaverse - how you would create and contribute to it? This could be designing a piece of software to make the Metaverse more inclusive, or a business idea which uses the Metaverse to promote inclusivity. Open to current students and graduates who are interested in AR/VR and the metaverse, and who identify as belonging to an ethnic minority. Enter for an opportunity to win a cash award of up to £1000 and the chance to network with hiring managers and engineering and product leaders. Applications closed on 29 June 2022.