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ICAEW is searching UK universities to find the brightest 100 students with the potential to be the next generation of business leaders.

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About the ICAEW 100 competition

ICAEW is searching UK universities to find the brightest 100 students with the potential to be the next generation of business leaders.

Currently, 82 of the FTSE 100 companies have an ICAEW Chartered Accountant on their board – this is because our accountants are recognised for their ability to make recommendations and decisions that impact on the future strategy and performance of the business. Do you have a good blend of professional skills? Are you proficient at multi-tasking and prioritising? If so, the ICAEW 100 competition is for you.

ICAEW is inviting you to test your skills against your peers by taking two short online exercises. Students with the top 100 scores by the time the competition closes at noon on the 27th February 2017 will be invited to a celebratory Grand Final held at Chartered Accountants’ Hall on 17 March 2017, where the winners will be revealed and some fantastic prizes awarded.

First prize - a trip to Bogotá!

The student with the highest overall score will be revealed at the Grand Final and will win a trip to Colombia! This lucky winner will represent the ICAEW at the One Young World Summit 2017 in Bogotá. The summit brings together the most valuable young talent from around the world with world leaders, who act as the One Young World Counsellors. Previous delegates at the Summit have had the chance to meet Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Sir Bob Geldof, Kofi Annan and Sir Richard Branson.

As well as this amazing opportunity, there is a range of prizes up for grabs for students who achieve high scores in each of the areas of testing.

And don’t forget: all of the top 100 scoring students will be invited to a celebratory event at Chartered Accountants’ Hall in London on 17 March 2017 where they will be joined by representatives from ICAEW and our supporting employers – great networking opportunities for your future career.

How to get involved

To be in with a chance of winning this amazing opportunity, you’ll need to complete an online application form and two online exercises. They shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes in total. But be careful: you will only be able to try the exercises once so make sure you have allowed enough time before you start.

The overall score of the online exercises will determine who makes it into the ICAEW 100. The 100 places will be listed in alphabetical order and NOT ranking order, which means that we will not know who has won until the results are revealed at the Grand Final.

Once you have completed the online exercises, you’ll receive an email confirming whether your overall score has qualified for one of the 100 places on the leaderboard. You’ll then need to wait to see if you have secured one of the 100 sought-after places when the competition closes in February.

The ICAEW 100 will then be invited to attend the Grand Final, held at Chartered Accountants’ Hall in London, on 17 March 2017. Here, the rankings of the 100 finalists and overall winner will be revealed at this evening celebration of excellence. The event will include a dinner and networking opportunities with leading organisations and ICAEW Chartered Accountants who hold senior positions in business.

And don’t be too disappointed if you don’t make the leaderboard: we’ll keep in touch with you with other opportunities and tips on developing your career in business.