The PwC/U21 Innovation Challenge 2019-20 is Now Open

Universitas 21 and PwC are pleased to open the 2019-2020 Innovation Challenge.  This new competition was launched in 2018 to create worldwide talent networks through which U21 students obtain exposure to new global employment opportunities, showcasing their knowledge, skills and talents to potential employers.  

Sarah Hashmi, University of Birmingham - Winner of Round C, with Professor Kathy Armour, (left) and Sally Jeffrey (right)
Sarah Hashmi from the University of Birmingham - Winner

Conversely, the CEOs of PwC’s clients have access to a pool of world-class, skilled, motivated students, providing exclusive employability opportunities.  

Winners from the 2018 competition were rewarded with an expenses paid trip to the PwC office in Dubai; winners and runners up received also exclusive PwC Career Coaching. (In discussion with a prizewinner, PwC is open to re-organising the location of the prize to a PwC headquarters in another country).

Humberto Jiminez Martinez one Winner of the 2018 Competition said, “Winning this competition has given me a boost of confidence, I know for a fact that I have the necessary skills to be successful in consulting, which is what I want to pursue. I have also been gaining a lot of exposure to several firms that have been showing interest in me.” 

Unlike last year, the 2019-20 competition comprises a single round with a deadline of 14 February 2020 for submissions. Universities should register their interest in the first instance and can access full information here.    

The question that PwC has set for this year’s challenge is as follows: 

How can universities help individuals gain a broader perspective on the long-term impact and consequences of their day-to-day actions on people, society and the environment? What types of jobs will an environmentally-sensitive economy need, and what is the best way to prepare students for them?   

R Edwards