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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.

Why join in?

It’s like being on The Apprentice but less scary!

It’s a unique opportunity to showcase your talents or even set up your own business by yourself or within a team in front of top employers – all while flying the flag for UCL.

A fun way to gain invaluable experience and industry knowledge, you’ll become a stronger candidate by getting your foot in the door.

Get the chance to win great prizes including cash and even paid trips abroad.

Fast Track to Capgemini Consultancy Assessment Centre - Deadline 26th October

The Capgemini Consulting Cup is a hands on competition made up of multiple rounds that will develop and test your skills as management consultants

It is a team based competition between students of Imperial College, King’s College and University College (all of London) and the University of Birmingham, hosted by Capgemini Consulting

The winning team from the Consulting Cup will be fast tracked to a Capgemini Consulting Assessment Centre (the final stage to securing a graduate position with us!)

Students who participate in the Consulting Cup will increase their employability through gaining consulting experience throughout the competition and through networking with Capgemini Consultants too

Students should send a copy of their CV to consultingcuplondon.uk@capgemini.comand then attend the skills session held on campus: 26th October 2017

All queries to be sent to consultingcuplondon.uk@capgemini.com

Break into the Industry with Search for a Star – Top Prize of Interview for Leading Game Development Studio – 1st Round Deadline Monday 11th December

Search For A Star is one of Europe’s biggest student game development challenges, designed to help you make the leap from student to professional games developer.

We want to prepare you for what lies ahead; that’s why our challenge has been split into components designed by industry experts to mirror a typical games industry recruitment process.

The Skills Assessment: A HackerRank C++ test for programmers or a portfolio piece submission for artists;

The Dev Project: Programmers create their very own game which can be taken in any direction they see fit, while artists create a game-ready asset to industry briefs. You can check out what last year’s winners created here;

The Interview: top performers will be invited to our Finals Day Showcase Event to demonstrate their skills and knowledge to a panel of industry experts.

  • Winners receive a job interview with a leading game development studio;
  • Build your portfolio and improve skills by receiving personalized feedback from professionals in your field from every stage of the challenge;
  • Win big prizes donated by the industry! Last year’s loot horde included state of the art AMD graphics cards and Algorithmic art software licenses;
  • Develop a games project using a real brief and have your work showcased in front of some of the UK’s leading games studios;
  • Experience interview panels with judges from the industry, including big names such as Sumo Digital and Playground Games!

    For more information please visit:

    http://gradsingames.com/game-dev-challenges/search-for-a-star/

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.

Scott Brownrigg Launches Student Instagram Competition for One's Week Work Experience, or a Macbook Pro - Deadline 1st September

This summer Scott Brownrigg is debuting their first design-led photography competition on Instagram for students with a choice of prize of either a week’s work experience within the architecture or interior design team in London, or an Apple Macbook Pro.

The competition is an opportunity for architectural and interior design students alike to showcase their artistic eye for capturing the built environment, both externally and internally whilst exploring the space it occupies, the atmosphere it evokes, and the attention to the materials, texture, movement and detail it carries. The winning image will be judged on its creativity and originality.

How to enter

Architecture or interior design students can simply post a photo on Instagram with #instascottbrownrigg and tag @ScottBrownriggltd to be considered. All photo entries should include a short caption explaining why they feel they deserve to win the prize, and include the university or institute they are currently studying at.

All entries must be posted by midnight, 1 September 2017.

For more information please visit https://www.scottbrownrigg.com/news/scott-brownrigg-instagram-competition/

Join the new Credit Suisse HOLT Valuation Challenge - submit your pitch by 2 July

This is your opportunity to earn interviews with Credit Suisse HOLT and affiliates.

The next generation of the HOLT Valuation Challenge has been improved and features new elements:

  • Take the Challenge when you want to
  • Work through it at your own pace
  • Learn even more about the HOLT methodology throughout the different stages
  • Experience a brand new user interface
  • Win additional prizes throughout the Challenge

Kick off your career in finance!

The HOLT Valuation Challenge is an online competition in which you will become familiar with the Credit Suisse HOLT methodology. By participating in the Challenge, your financial knowledge will expand, resulting in better skills in both the classroom and your future career.

The Challenge is open to Bachelor, Master, MBA or PhD students from any university and evaluated entirely on your performance.

Gain exclusive access to HOLT Lens, a premium valuation tool used by finance professionals! Sharpen your integrated financial skills and convince a room full of banking experts and finance professors. Check out the positions you could be interviewing for and further available prizes on our Prizes page.

For more information please visit http://holtvaluationchallenge.com/

Overseas Talent Entrepreneur Competition - top prize of £100,000 - deadline 21st July

Here at UVIC, we take pride in what we do. Helping international students make the most of their time in the UK as well as succeed afterwards is the core of our mission. That's why we are constantly seeking partnerships with governments, startup accelerators, and education providers to help realise international students' entrepreneurial aspirations.


Following last year's success, we've teamed up with the Local Government of Chaoyang District (LGCD) of Beijing, China, to bring the Overseas Talent Entrepreneurship Conference (OTEC) to the UK once again. The competition is managed by a specialised agency of the LGCD, which has a similar role to TechCityUK.

For rules and entry please click here.

Autocar Courland Next Generation Award - £9000 cash prize available! Deadline 29 August

Autocar and Courland Automotive have opened the Next Generation Award 2017
programme to all UK resident young adults aged 17-25.

The Award is designed to be a career springboard for young people aspiring to work in the automotive industry.

The winner of the 2017 competition will receive a £9000 cash prize, industry acclaim and a money-can’t-buy six-month work experience programme, shared between award sponsors Jaguar Land Rover, McLaren Automotive, Nissan, Toyota, Honda, and Horiba Mira, which has joined as a new award patron this year.

The competition invites entrants to submit an original idea or innovation that would improve the UK automotive business in one of five categories: mobility, connectivity, sustainability, customer experience or marketing and communication.

Prospective innovations can now apply to any element of the automotive business, from concept right through to the aftermarket sector.

Applications for the Autocar Courland Next Generation Award 2017 are now being accepted at Autocar Next Generation Award.

Cisco University Challenge 26th and 27th October

Following the tremendous success of our 2016 University Challenge, we are delighted to announce that we are hosting another event this year! This prestigious event gives you the opportunity to compete against the best universities across the UK and Ireland. Taking place between 26th – 27th October 2017 at our EMEAR HQ, we will invite five students from each of the top 15 universities throughout the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, and Europe.

From each university we will be seeking a team of five students to work on solutions related to emerging technologies within our increasingly digitized world. The problem statements will be derived from enterprise use-cases developed from daily challenges encountered by our customers and partners. Each task will give the teams an opportunity to develop a fresh and innovative approach to creating solutions in software.

This event will encourage and enable the students to work in a collaborative environment, that will give the teams real world experience in one of the world’s leading technology companies.

The challenge will be open to multiple degree types and will be targeted at first year students, students looking for a year in industry and final year students with graduation expected in either 2018 or 2019. This includes BA, BSc, MSc & PhD students. The winning university will receive prizes and trophies.

We are also happy to announce that the registrations are now live! Registrations for the event along with more detailed information regarding the requirements, FAQ, and expenses for the location of your university can be found here.

If you have any further questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact the Cisco University Challenge Team at university-challenge@cisco.com.

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