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Make your CV stand out by entering a competition, award or prize

Competitions, prizes and awards are a great way for you to gain experience for your CV and often some cash or work experience. Many competitions require you to work in a team / produce innovative ideas / work to a brief / write a report, all great skills to put on your CV even if you don't win!

Most recently added competitions at the top. Many run every year check entry and closing dates.

  • Airbus Innovation Pitch This is your chance to nurture your ideas, especially for innovating new platforms, products and services for the aviation industry. If selected, yuo will work with Airbus staff and picth yuor idea at the Farnborough Airshow. Find out more and submit your idea by Monday 25 June 2018.
  • Bayer Digital Campus Challenge You will be able to sell your idea to Bayer or to develop it in collaboration with Bayer’s team. Regardless of whether your studies are focused on natural sciences, engineering, medicine, IT, economics or business administration – your ideas matter. By believing that everything is possible, you can give free rein to your creativity and innovative ideas while working in teams of 2-5 students.
  • Fuel your future. Win a dream experience worth £5,000.If you were to give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be? Create an Adobe Spark Post with your motivational message for a chance to win a £5,000 dream experience for you and a friend.
  • Cities for our Future Are you an imaginative, problem solving student involved in surveying, urban design, architecture, or engineering, then we want you to share your transformative ideas for projects and policies that will solve some of the defining issues of our time. The winning idea will receive a £50,000 prize and mentoring with industry experts to bring their ideas to life. Now is your chance to change the world. Find out more and submit your idea by 31 May 2018.
  • Formula student 130 university teams from more than 30 countries across the world compete to design, build and race the best single-seater race car.
  • Autodesk "Design for Industry" Challenges Interested in demonstrating your design skills to industry professionals? Put your skills to use in real-world product design with one of our Autodesk Design for Industry Challenges, and gain access to industry professionals who will review your work and potentially help to mentor you.
  • Bank of England Data Science Competition 2018 The top two entrants will win a 6-8 week paid summer internship at the Bank of England’s Threadneedle Street office in London. You’ll work in either the Advanced Analytics or Data and Statistics Division.
  • Valeo Innovation challenge competition aims to collect ideas in revolutionising the automotive industry today. The 9 finalist teams will have 8 weeks to accelerate their project with the help of Valeo and external experts recognized for their experience and professional expertise, like scientists, designers, sociologists and architects. At the end of the competition the sum of €200,000 will be shared between the three winning teams of the Challenge. In addition to their prize, they will be offered the opportunity to join Valeo’s business accelerator.
  • Smart Logistics challenge The competition is challenging you to re-think how materials handling can work in the future. Win a paid internship and a VIP trip to Antwerp. For business & engineering students.
  • Cleantech challenge A global business plan competition for innovative clean technology business ideas, It brings together university students to create viable start-ups. Teams compete over three rounds for the £10,000 prize, awarded at the two-day Bootcamp finals in London. Open to all students.
  • Hyundai Innovators of the Future Competition to reimagine the car of the future. Win a 5 day trip to Seoul, South Korea where they'll be able to visit Hyundai's Experience Centre and meet top designers, innovators, and creatives.
  • GSA spark win £5,000 worth of daily prizes and a grand cash prize of £1000.
  • KYOCodes competition All teams who pass the qualification stage will gain a KYOCERA HyPAS app developer accreditation and 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes will receive £1000, £500 or £250 each. The top 3 winning universities will also win a KYOCERA multifunctional device. KYOCERA also use this as vehicle to find the future talent of KYOCERA.
  • Youngtrepreneurs Network, part of the NXG Group, have launched THE START-UP CHALLENGE, a business competition for aspiring entrepreneurs aged 16 – 30 years old, which will give participants the opportunity to win upto £10,000 investment to start their own business or grow an existing one. Closing date 17/12/17
  • TeachFirst Innovation Award Do you have an idea to improve education? £15K and 1 year support.
  • Essity University challenge Marketing and engineering challenges available.
  • Undergraduate of the year Various awards for different subject areas & categories.
  • Stockfuse - Barklays market insight game Learn about the financial markets & connect with a top-tier financial institution.
  • Relationwise Content Marketing Challenge Win an internship at our office in London and a trip to San Francisco with our CEO to attend SaaStr Annual.
  • Proto labs design challenge An exciting challenge to showcase your talent by creating the new ‘Design Aid' for Proto Labs, a leading global digital manufacturer. The design aid is a useful engineering tool to show the achievable and limiting features to consider when designing a part for manufacturing.
  • Barclays Local Genius competition Have you got an idea for a better Manchester?
  • IMAGINE IF! is a global competition and accelerator program for science-based ventures. A chance to your idea to a fully formed business model with the help of Industry professionals. If successful the finals will be help in Oxford where you will have the opportunity to pitch alongside other Global applicants.
  • ICAEW is looking for students to be the next generation of business leaders. win a Trip to Bogata
  • L’Oréal international marketing competition – Brandstorm. Learn how to be a brand manager, work with creative agencies and develop skills in negotiation, presentation, and strategic thinking, whilst having the support of L’Oréal Brand experts. You will develop commercial awareness and compete for an all-expenses paid trip to Paris plus 10,000 euros. Enter as a 3 person team – register your interest now!
  • Gradsingames competitions. For students who want to work in computer games. 2 competition levels, Masters & Final year or 1st & 2nd year.
  • Project Firefly Do you have fresh insights about contemporary business, economic, political or international affairs? Various competitions available, with Credit Swisse Holt.
  • PWC opportunity challenge competition National general knowledge quiz competition where teams from across the UK’s top universities compete against each other to flaunt their intellectual prowess. We're running 26 heats, regional winners will receive a cash prize of £1,000, with the national final being held at an exclusive event in our More London office to battle it out for the ultimate prize of £5,000. This is a great opportunity for all UK University clubs and societies
  • The Global Student Challenge is introduced by the Supply Chain Finance Community to create awareness on, and stimulate development in the topic of Supply Chain Finance. Compete for up to €20,000 in cash prizes, Win a free trip to The Netherlands, Try the world’s best professional training tool in Supply Chain, start a successful career by exclusive membership in our recruitment platform.
  • Autocar - Courland next generation award Kickstart your career in the Automotive industry - win an internship and money.
  • Zurich Enterprise Challenge open to Masters & MBA students with an interest in management, finance and risk management.
  • The National Accident Helpline Future Legal Mind award Opportunity to win money towards your studies and a work experience placement at leading law firm.
  • STEM Awards Categories include Technology, Energy, Automotive, Pharmaceutical, Design in the Built Environment (construction).
  • Starpack packaging awards Open to students on courses with graphics or structural/product design element as well as those from materials/technology courses, to submit solutions to problems set by brand leading FMCG companies, design agencies, and manufacturers
  • Go Green in the City Schneider Electric global business case challenge. Revolutionise energy management and gain unique insight into one of the leading global energy management companies. Open to undergraduate or masters level students studying business or engineering.
  • Shell Ideas 360 Global competition to develop innovative ideas for tackling energy, water and food issues. Solo or team based for undergraduates and postgraduates.
  • National Undergraduate Employability Awards (NUE Awards) Categories include best intern, best placement student, best society and more.