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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 our one-to-one advice service.


Panacea Stars Develop

Panacea Stars Develop aims to equip young innovators in the life science and healthcare domains with tailored scientific and business development, legal/IP and fundraising support, and connect them to industry experts for mentorship and feedback. We welcome ideas at all stages of development that have the potential to impact human health – anything from a therapeutic/diagnostic to a medical device, software application or research platform. We have previously selected finalists with ideas ranging from the very early-stage to the patent-protected, university start-ups to potential spin-outs. We are also able to endorse Startup Visa for any eligible applicants, as we believe that innovation has no border!
 
We will be awarding a prize worth £100k, free lab space and ongoing business and legal support to the team with the most exceptional idea. However, we want to stress that the real prize is not the cash, it is the mentoring, networking and skills our founders acquire over the course of the programme through interacting with our partners and mentors network, including senior executives from McKinsey and Co, AstraZeneca, J A Kemp, IBM, Biorad, and others. Since its inception in 2016, Panacea Stars have helped 140+ startups; the top 9 performers were collectively valued at c. £100M. 18% of our alumni has attracted £500k follow-on funding after graduating from Panacea Stars. Examples include Cambridge Cancer Genomics and Enterobiotix.
 
We are currently looking for the next bright minds to join us in our AW2020 cohort! Our next application deadline is Sunday, 4 October, 11:59pm GMT

Apply here


Shopee Code League

If you have not signed up for Shopee Code League, you are missing out on being part of the largest code-from-home league in the region! 

Over 6000 coders have registered for Shopee’s first ever online data challenge and will compete against each other in a series of coding challenges designed by the Shopee tech teams. 

What are you waiting for? 

  • It’s free!
  • We welcome all students and professionals across the region (regardless of background)
  • Be available from 8 June to 1 August 
  • Form a team of 2-4 to join the league 

What’s more? Stand to enjoy the following: 

  • Exclusive online training workshops by Shopee’s Tech team and partners
  • Top 10 teams from each category will walk away with over SGD20,000 of cash prizes!

Time is ticking! Sign up NOW at careers.shopee.sg/codeleague to be a part of the coding event of the year. 


 

Hack Asia 2020

Jardines has partnered up with some great companies and we are launching Hack Asia 2020 – an online Hackathon to inspire the next generation of innovators and business leaders!

We’d like to invite your students (of any year or subject) and alumni to sign up as individuals or teams (or Start-Ups) by 20th June and compete to win up to HK$50,000 cash prizes, and the chance to advance a Proof of Concept of their innovative solutions.

All winning teams will present their works at the showdown hosted on the main stage of the Start-up Impact Summit 2020.

On 6-8th July, the 36H Challenges include:

  1. Accenture Ready for Take-off
  2. Dairy Farm Retail Reboot
  3. Gammon Building Robust Data Foundations
  4. Hactl Smooth Operators
  5. Hongkong Land Leveraging Consumer Insights for Tenant Selection
  6. HSBC Financial Partner and Operator – Future Financial Solutions
  7. Jardine Restaurant Group & Microsoft Cooking With AI and Big Data
  8. Jardine International Motors Creating Exceptional Mobility & Lifestyle Experiences
  9. JLL Building a Better World
  10. Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group Bespoke Experiences for Bespoke Guests

The participants will get to know, compete and network with the brilliant young minds and innovative start-up teams from all over the world, and to have senior business reps from the partner companies as their mentors and judges!

More information can be found at https://www.hack.asia/