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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 closed on 30 January 2019. This year, there were 13 different award categories, including 2 relating to business/management and finance:
  • Universities Business Challenge - offers undergraduates 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 - this year's competition closes on 25 October 2019.
  • 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.
  • 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 open in February and close in May.
  • Net Lawman Scholarship Programme - scholarship awards to help full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students with the cost of starting a business, whether investment in IT, stationery, business administration or learning tools. Applications for last year's programme closed on 31 December 2018.
  • ModelOff - annual international competition for Microsoft Excel, financial analysis, investment analysis and financial modeling. Register now for the 2019 competition.
  • 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. Applications closed on 15 April 2019.
  • CEOx1Day UK - opportunity for undergraduates to spend a day shadowing a successful CEO. Previous participating companies include BT, ITV, Standard Chartered, Deloitte, Legal & General, The Cabinet Office and the National Trust. Applications open in October and close in January.
  • 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. 
  • 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). Opens in January and closes in March.
  • Go Green in the City Challenge - 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 an all-inclusive trip to 2 cities, as well as a career opportunity at Schneider Electric. Opens in January and closes in May.
  • PepsiCo Dare to Do More Challenge - 12 week global student challenge, calling on students to spot the next food or beverage trend and describe how you’d take it to market. Finalists have the opportunity to interview and land a spot on one of PepsiCo’s graduate programmes within Europe. The grand prize includes a trip to New York to present your idea. Registrations opened in January and closed on 10 February 2019.
  • Fintech Scholarship - competition to encourage students who may have never considered a career in financial technology to explore what the sector has to offer. Submit a blog post about fintech for the chance to win a £1000 bursary. Not open to students currently studying an undergraduate or postgraduate course that is primarily focused on finance or computer science. Entries closed on Friday 28 June 2019.
  • 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 open in February and close around March/April.