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Global Internship Competition

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Global Battle of Minds is back – across more locations than ever! This time, we’re looking for even bolder, more innovative and strategic business ideas that have the potential to transform perspectives. Do you have what it takes?

Competing against students and graduates from across the globe, you’ll enter a unique and developed business idea as an individual, before going on to our team round later in the competition. Pick one of our suggested briefs, or surprise us by choosing your own industry and coming up with a totally original solution that you believe would transform it.

Don’t join the
competition.
Be the
competition.

Global Battle of Minds is back – across more locations than ever! This time, we’re looking for even bolder, more innovative and strategic business ideas that have the potential to transform perspectives. Do you have what it takes?

Competing against students and graduates from across the globe, you’ll enter a unique and developed business idea as an individual, before going on to our team round later in the competition. Pick one of our suggested briefs, or surprise us by choosing your own industry and coming up with a totally original solution that you believe would transform it.

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This is your opportunity to win an incredible internship that could take you to the other side of the world. You will begin the process as an individual. If you can prove yourself here, you will become part of a team with the possibility of joining the group in London for the final! This is how you get there:

Local COUNTRY
competition
round.

  • First you will tackle the local country stage as an individual
  • Submit your entry through this website between 17 September and 25 October 2019
  • Gain additional points by getting votes from your family, friends and supporters between 5 November and 12 November
  • Best entries will earn an internship opportunity in your local country and an invitation to the regional competition round

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competition
round.

  • This time you will compete as part of a team – we’ll help you get connected
  • The challenge for this stage will be announced on 2 January 2020 with presentations taking place during January and February 2020 via video technology, TelePresence, or in person if possible
  • Here you must demonstrate as a team your collaboration skills, your ability to adapt and your team’s way of working to get a chance to compete in our global competition round

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  • Make it to the final stage of our global competition and enjoy an all-expenses-paid trip to London from 30 March to 3 April 2020
  • Use your learnings from the previous stages to showcase your skills
  • Win an internship of your choice in any of the countries taking part in this competition

What's the prize?

The Global Final is a grand prize indeed, but there are several prizes to be won throughout the competition.

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Local winners

Win at this stage and get a personal invitation to meet senior leaders at your local office.

Our top three winners will win an incredible local internship and a pair of Bose headphones.

These three winners are put into a team for the regional round and will enjoy the opportunity to gain expert mentorship.

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Regional winners

Start by competing regionally as a team. If you’re successful you will be one of three winning teams in your region to get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go to London and take part in the global final.

Flights, accommodation and subsistence are covered and a travel voucher to the value of £250.

And receive mentorship from experts in the business.

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Global winners

At this final stage our one global winning team is chosen.

Participants of this team have the opportunity to choose their paid internship at offices in any of the countries taking part in the competition - almost anywhere in the world!

Choose a challenge

This year we want you to use your innovative thinking and commercial mindset on a challenge you’re passionate about. Follow our lead and choose a challenge to tackle, or create your own challenge and solve a problem you’re passionate about.

Transforming Industries

We’re on a mission to find the minds that will transform our industry for the better. Yours could help us innovate and lead where we go next. But first, let’s put it to the test.

Show us how you’d give your business the competitive edge and capture your customers’ imaginations. Show us a robust business plan, insightful market research, product development, marketing strategy (including digital marketing), a supply chain that delivers and numbers that add up.

Join all the dots and we’ll get the full picture of just how good you are.

Choose from:

  • Automotive Advances
  • Digital Banking
  • Retail Renaissance
  • Choose your own

The automotive industry will be totally unrecognisable in 50 years.

The automotive industry will be totally unrecognisable in 50 years. That transformation has already begun. The big car manufacturers are investing heavily in electric vehicles to solve the problem of pollution, whereas assisted driving systems in cars are improving safety by preventing collisions. Pretty soon self-driving cars will dominate the roads, meaning we will merely have to say our destination and let the car do all the work – delivering complete luxury and convenience. Beyond that, all kinds of new vehicles are popping up on the scene, from hoverboards to motorised unicycles. What can you add to the mix? It could be a practical means of transport or a vehicle built for sports/leisure, but it should have unique features and be targeted at a specific consumer audience.

Banking is one of the world’s oldest industries – but technology forces it to constantly evolve.

Banking is one of the world’s oldest industries – but technology forces it to constantly evolve. Many banks and financial services businesses have launched mobile apps that allow people to manage their money on-the-go, wherever they are in the world. But more recent advances have opened up even greater possibilities, such as blockchain technology. This will almost eliminate fraud, prevent disputes and regulate the value of crypto currencies. However, there are many more gaps in the market when it comes to banking and finance. Can you create a product that’s targeted directly at the consumer, or at businesses who want to improve their services?

Technology is totally transforming the retail industry.

Technology is totally transforming the retail industry. Ever since the introduction of the self-checkout machine, stores have been finding new ways to do things faster and at a lower cost to their business. Now, Amazon is experimenting with ways to deliver people their purchased goods using drones. They’re even testing stores that run themselves using artificial intelligence, with zero customer service staff in place. Could you create a product and sell it to other retail businesses? How would it help them shape their customers’ experiences and deliver real commercial advantages?

In this competition, you are not confined to completing one of the three briefs outlined above.

In this competition, you are not confined to completing one of the three briefs outlined above. You can either use and elaborate on them or use them as inspiration to create your own idea. Choose to be guided by them, or embark on your own journey and select another industry close to your heart. Using your own intuition and knowledge of the world, create an idea that would stop an industry in its tracks. Make sure to build an effective strategy and share how your solution would work for your chosen area. We’re ready to see what you’re made of. Are you ready?

Entering the competition

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See if you're eligible

Yes, if you live in a participating market* and are aged over 18 (20 in Japan and Uzbekistan). You’ll either currently be studying for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or have graduated no more than a year ago.

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*Explore countries here

If you’re not eligible this year—keep in touch and find us on social:

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Meet Criteria

Your entry should be a detailed business plan covering:

Market Research Product Development Marketing Strategy Supply Chain Financial Projections

These can be in your local language or English (later stages will be English only) via video (an m4p or mov file, three minutes and 500MB maximum) plus a supporting document (PDF, doc or docx file) of 2,000 words maximum.

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Make your entry count

Impress us by showcasing all of your skills. Pack your entry with personality. Show us you’re innovator, influencer, inspirational communicator.

Demonstrate this by telling your supporters, friends and family to vote for your entry at the Battle of Minds hub between 5 and 12 November. Share it via social media too; reach out to your audience.

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Success here means you could be one of our three regional finalists presenting, in person or via videolink, during January and February.

The next stop for winners of this stage will be London.

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Remember the deadline

We’re open for entries between

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Remember competition will be fierce so use every opportunity to ‘wow’ us.

How will your idea be judged?

Competition entries will each be judged on the six core areas every real business plan needs to be considered high quality.

Strength & originality of idea

How creatively does your idea solve the unique needs of its audience?

Depth of research

Is your idea based on a solid understanding of your market from a customer and competitor point of view?

Business feasibility

Do you have a realistic business model that could successfully operate in your market?

Business plan quality

How well have you considered how to fund your business and projected its profitability?

Marketing of idea

How have you branded your product and what marketing channels have you used?

Presentation skills

How confidently and articulately have you pitched your business plan in your video entry, and face-to-face in individual and team presentations?

You will also be awarded extra points by judges at different stages of the competition based on:

local online judging information
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Go for it

Sign up now for the chance of a lifetime to impress at the highest levels of one of the world’s biggest businesses. Do well here and you could launch a fulfilling career that impacts millions of consumers as you help us transform our industry.

We want you to do well. Sign up for hints, tips and advice today for the best possible outcome. Be sure to check spam emails to ensure you don’t miss out.

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