The CIMA Global Business Challenge 2013 has now started, will your university be represented?

The CIMA global business challenge is an international business competition designed to bring out the best in the young business leaders of tomorrow. This is a great opportunity for students around the world to showcase their talent in business management.

The competition is organised in partnership with Barclays, who share our vision of developing and nurturing young talent around the world. The competition has evolved from eight participating regions around the world in 2009 to 25 regions for the 2013 competition, demonstrating the success and global reach of the challenge.

 How the competition is run

The CIMA GBC competition is run in three stages. Teams of four act as consultants and compete amongst teams within their country or region at the early stages. The winning team then proceeds to the global final, representing their country or region in the battle for the global champion title.

Stage one – case study analysis
Teams prepare a 3000 word report based on the GBC challenge material. The challenge material includes the following:

  • case study
  • scenario
  • Tips and techniques document.

Stage two – synopsis and presentation (country / regional final)
Four to six teams (depending on country / region) are shortlisted at country or regional level.* These shortlisted teams are required to:

  • write a two page synopsis of their report
  • prepare a team introduction video based on a given brief
  • give an oral presentation
  • Participate in a question and answer session with the judges at the end of each presentation.

*Depending on the country, there might be an additional stage before the country final. A country may be split into regions. Therefore participants will compete at regional level and the regional winners will then proceed to the country final. For more information, please refer to your country / regional page.

Stage three – presentation (global final)
The winning team from each country or region will compete in the global final. They will be required to:

  • submit their two page synopsis
  • submit their team introduction video
  • present to an audience, which includes a panel of high profile international judges
  • Participate in a question and answer session with the judges at the end of each presentation.

Student Incentives to participate:

By taking part in the CIMA Global Business Challenge, you will not only experience what it is like to be a business leader, but you will also meet some of the top global employers and leading pioneers in the world of business.

You will be given the opportunity to connect with a global network of like-minded and ambitious students through the CIMA community.

With 25 regions from around the world taking part, you could be in with a chance of meeting and socialising with students from different cultures and backgrounds.

What experience will I gain?

  • You will learn how to analyse and solve a real life business case study, which will give you firsthand experience of the skills required to be a business leader
  • You will experience what it is like to study CIMA and be a chartered management accountant
  • You will gain valuable skills which will boost your CV and enhance your career development
  • You will get the opportunity to enhance your team building skills and develop your presentation skills
  • You will gain a knowledge of CIMA and the qualification, which will put you one step ahead of the rest and open doors in the future

What are the opportunities?

  • You will get tips, techniques and advice from global decision makers and CIMA professionals
  • You have the opportunity to expand your global network and connect with decision makers from top employers (Examples of companies who attended in 2012 – Barclays, Tesco, Milkround, P&G, Britvic, KPMG, Amazon, Siemens, The Times)
  • You could get the chance to represent your country/ region at the prestigious global
  • You will be exposed to career opportunities suited to you

What could I win?

  • You and your team could win an all expenses paid trip to South Africa for the GBC global final
  • You could win numerous prizes at varies levels of the competition for different award categories 

Key Dates

Team registration deadline – 15 March 2013

Early bird report submission – 27 Feb 2013 (Submit your report early to enter the prize draw for a fantastic prize (TBC)

Report submission – 15 April 2013

Announcement of finalists – 15 May 2013

UK final – 14 June 2013

Eligibility and team rules

  • The competition is open to full time students who are undergraduates or equivalent, studying in universities, colleges or education institutions, doing their first degree, at the point of registration.
  • Each team must have four members (all full time undergraduates as stated above).
  • There can be up to two members per team who are currently also studying or holding a professional qualification, or up to four members who are studying CIMA at Certificate or Operations level.
  • No postgraduates or MBA holders will be eligible to participate in this competition.
  • All members of a team must belong to the same university / institution.
  • Each student may join only one team.
  • Mentors or supervisors are not mandatory to form a team.
  • There must be a team leader in each team.
  • CIMA’s decision is final should there be any discrepancy.

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