Fuente: http://www.consultant-news.com Fecha: 23.3.2012
The best student start-ups win internships with PwC
LONDON -- A national student competition came to a climax this week when students from the University of Manchester were awarded the top award and a choice of prizes including a week on PwC’s partner shadowing programme this summer.
Business Champions, a competition run jointly by PwC and Bright Futures, gives undergraduates the chance to turn a new business idea into a profitable enterprise, with all proceeds going to the School for Social Entrepreneurs charity.
Uni & Co Clothing, a university-branded clothing manufacturer, was chosen as the winner because the team had a sound business plan, gave a great presentation at the final and produced good quality t-shirts. The judges were especially impressed by the University of Manchester students’ professionalism at all stages of the competition, their ability to build a network of contacts and their dedication, as well as having clearly defined roles.
The business ideas of the other six finalists included a free student magazine, a social networking website for businesspeople in China, a consumer offers website, a university app for smartphones, an advertising and promotions company, and a company bringing a Nigerian biscuit snack to the UK.
Andrew Bargery, PwC recruitment manager, said: “Business Champions is an outstanding opportunity for entrepreneurial university students with big ideas to get a business up and running. With seed funding and mentoring support from PwC, students can develop their business planning skills and commercial awareness. And by taking part, students have the chance to give their employability skills a massive boost, developing their CV in a different, eye-catching way.”
Simon Reichwald, Director, Bright Futures, said: “The Bright Futures Business Champions competition gives students the opportunity to develop real world employability skills, in a powerful and highly engaging way, by taking a business idea they are passionate about and making it a reality. The world is full of people with great ideas that they believe customers will want to buy but it takes special types of individuals to stand up and make it happen. All our Business Champions have shown this, whilst also juggling their academic and other University commitments and they are to be congratulated. Business Champions participants are the type of talent that firms will want to employ.”
Speaking about the win, Justin Colver of Uni & Co Clothing, said: “Before Business Champions I had no real work experience. This has really filled out my CV and now I am able to give genuine responses at job interviews with applicable knowledge of the business world. The skills you learn are exactly what employers are looking for.”
The PwC work placements on offer as prizes are part of the firm’s 2012 student recruitment programme which includes short term partner shadowing, business school placements and six or eight week paid internships.