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"It’s a very good opportunity to get some idea about how to think like a real business leader. We’ve all learnt to think logically, think broadly, and deliver ideas to customers in an authentic environment."

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Think you could beat other students from across the UK and around the world to win great prizes and even paid work experience with top companies? Get involved with one of the many ‘games’ and business challenges running across industries such as Marketing, Journalism, Financial Trading, Project Management and more!

If you are getting involved, remember UCL Careers can help through either one-to-one advice or tips in the relevant Help With… pages.

Formations Company Entrepreneur Award - win £1,000 for your business idea - deadline 30 June

Many entrepreneurs have great and innovative business ideas but struggle to get them up and running. Sometimes all that is needed is a little helping hand to get things started – and that’s what The Formations Company Entrepreneur Award is all about. The Entrepreneur Award is a business grant created to attract the brightest new talent from across any industry or sector.

To apply, all that is needed is entrepreneurial flair and a truly great business idea. You could be a student, a mum or a business enthusiast, wherever you are from in the UK and whatever you do, if you have that special business model, The Formations Company want to hear from you.

The winning entry will take the grand prize of a £1,000 business grant and have their limited company set up for free. As the award is in partnership with Barclays, the winner will also receive an invaluable start-up package including professional guidance and mentorship to help turn the business idea into a reality.


For the chance to get those business ideas off the ground, apply by visiting: https://www.theformationscompany.com/entrepreneur-award-2017 and fill out the application form. The deadline for applications is 30th June 2017.

Pepsico GO innovation challenge - win an interview for Pepsico's Graduate Programme! Deadline - 20th February

Today’s delicacy is tomorrow’s craze, and it takes a trailblazing mindset to see what’s next. We’re looking for analytical experts and marketing maestros who can shake up our industry and spark a movement. Your challenge: Spot the next food or beverage trend and tell us how you’d take it to market. The prize: a high-end tech gadget—or possibly an interview for one of many spots across nine countries in the PepsiCo graduate programme, working with our Digital or Insight teams.

Imagine PepsiCo has given you $100,000 to tap into the next big food and beverage trend. What would you focus on, how you would you harness that trend, and how would you take your idea to market?

That trend might be a new product or flavour—but it could also be something broader, like eco-friendly sourcing, the slow food movement or sustainable packaging. For more information please visit: https://www.agorize.com/en/challenges/pepsico-go

ESCP Europe - Energy Trading Challenge 2018 - deadline 31st January

What is it like to work on the trading floor of the most active energy markets?

What are the key insights needed to trade competitively in oil and gas?

Energy supplies become an ever-more valuable commodity due to strong competition for safe and affordable sources, making energy trading a complex challenge. However, this sector also offers a great opportunity for young talent looking to make an impact.

A life-changing opportunity and major career boost: that is the promise of ESCP Europe's Energy Society in London upon launching the Energy Trading Challenge. Taking place on 22th and 23th February at ESCP Europe Business School’s London campus, the event is organised by MSc in Energy Management (MEM) students with the support of Smart Global, ESCP Europe, and the ESCP Europe Research Centre for Energy Management (RCEM).


Why attend?

· Benefit from two eight -hour days of professionally-crafted trading scenarios representing two full months in the energy industry

· State-of- the-art real-time web-based trading simulator, including: market grid, deal entry, position keeping via a professional exposure sheet, news feed and charting

· Meet international experts who have worked at major trading houses and energy companies

· Professional traders providing crucial insight sessions throughout the challenge,including helping with trading concepts and techniques

· Prize giving ceremony at the end of the second day

· Attend an Energy Trading Conference held in tandem with the event 

· No entry fee

Register your team now: energytradingchallenge.com

Win a Year's Paid Internship with Oracle UK - deadline 31st January

You can win the opportunity to get a year’s paid internship at Oracle UK, without going through the standard recruitment process! During the placement, you will work as part of the Cloud Platform & Infrastructure Business Development and Sales Consulting team, from July 2018 – July 2019.

HOW? We are looking for innovative ideas around the Bloodhound SCC & Oracle Partnership. Successful ideas will be put forward to a panel presentation with members of the Oracle & Bloodhound team before the winner is announced. The competition will run from October 9th, 2017 – January 31st, 2018.

Competition Guidelines: · The competition is open to UK Students in their 2nd or 3rd year of University who are available to complete their placement year from July 2018 to July 2019 · There are 2 places available to win and only one submission per person is permitted · Submissions can be from individuals or groups of 2 · You do not have to study technology; however, your passion for technology should show in your submission · Submissions should be in the form of a video link and a written summary · You must validate you are a student by using your university email address to submit your idea 

Competition Guidelines:

· The competition is open to UK Students in their 2nd or 3rd year of University who are available to complete their placement year from July 2018 to July 2019

· There are 2 places available to win and only one submission per person is permitted

· Submissions can be from individuals or groups of 2

· You do not have to study technology; however, your passion for technology should show in your submission

· Submissions should be in the form of a video link and a written summary

· You must validate you are a student by using your university email address to submit your idea

For submissions & more information please contact us at bloodhound-interncomp_gb@oracle.com

Innovators of the Future - win a trip to Seoul! Cash Reward - deadline 4th February

We want design students studying in the UK to create a vision of a future Sports Utility Vehicle interior. Let your imaginations run wild and harness your design genius to create an inspirational vision of the future.

In 50 years’ time, it is predicted that all SUVs will be driverless – which means that current interior designs will be obsolete. Removing the necessity for forward facing seats, steering wheels and windows, SUVs may become an extension of our homes or offices. But what will these interiors of the future look like?

Will we see new forms of seating and new materials? How will future designers make use of new technologies, incorporate new safety features or adapt to customisation?

We know that Design students will one day transform the SUV and automotive industry, but we’re offering one incredible talent the opportunity to make that happen right now.

Hyundai prides itself on its commitment to innovation and forward thinking. We want you to reflect that in your design.

Get noticed and get ahead.

For more information please visit https://www.hyundai.co.uk/suv-4x4

Vodafone Innovation eRIS Challenge - deadline 16th February

We’re Vodafone. Technology’s original game changers.

We are giving University students the opportunity to spend a day at one of our London offices and take part in our University Innovation ‘eRIS’ Challenge. The challenge will involve you working in teams to unleash your innovative ideas that can shape the future.

The day also includes inspirational speakers from Vodafone’s Technology field, as well as, top application tips.

Register here: https://vodafone.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ekvoddJrph4BHWR

Mayor's Entrepreneur 2018 - win £20,000 to bring your idea to life - deadline 18th February

Are you a current student or recent graduate from a London university or college?

Do you have an idea that can make London a better place to live and work?

This is your chance to win £20k and expert support and advice from City Hall to bring your smart idea to life and be crowned the 2018 Mayor's Entrepreneur.

Why enter?

Whether you enter as an individual or part of a group, benefits include the chance to:

  • improve your skills and future employability
  • get free mentoring and workshops from business experts
  • pitch your ideas Dragon Den's style at City Hall
  • win £20,000 to bring your idea to life

Sounds interesting? Click here for more information.

ICAEW 1900 - win a place at the One Young World Summit in The Hague! Deadline - 30th March

ICAEW 100 is a competition for the brightest 100 students who have the potential to be business leaders. Students can test their skills against peers by taking two short online exercises, the students with the top 100 scores by the time the competition closes  (30th March 2018) will be in with the chance of winning exclusive opportunities and prizes! The overall winner of the ICAEW 100 competition will represent ICAEW at the One Young World Summit 2018, which will take place in The Hague in the Netherlands.

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For more information visit https://icaew100.com/