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Non ProfitConsultingCase Competition

McKinsey & Company


McKinsey & Company, the big-shot consulting firm you've probably heard your business-major friends rave about, is throwing down the gauntlet. They're challenging YOU (yes, you!) to help a nonprofit tackle its most pressing strategic and operational dilemmas. And guess what? It's not just for bragging rights.

Key Information

  • Where? The swanky corridors of McKinsey's London office.
  • When? You missed the memo? The application deadline was on February 26, 2023! But hey, there's always next year.
  • Who? Undergrads and master's students from select UK universities. Sorry, Oxford and Cambridge, you're not the only brainiacs around. Also sorry all the other not-listed universities. At least they don't care if you study undergraduate or master.

Here is a full list of the chosen universities:

  • University of Bath
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Bristol
  • Cardiff University
  • Durham University
  • The University of Edinburgh
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Liverpool
  • Loughborough University
  • The University of Manchester
  • Newcastle University
  • University of Nottingham
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • Queen’s University Belfast
  • The University of Sheffield
  • University of Southampton
  • The University of St Andrews
  • The University of Strathclyde
  • London Interdisciplinary School
  • University of York

By the way you can compete even if you have ever applied for a gig in McKinsey. Weird, huh?

Challenge Focus, Goal, and Topic:

The mission, should you choose to accept it, is to brainstorm solutions for a key challenge that's currently giving a nonprofit sleepless nights. And no, you won't be doing it alone. You'll team up, university-style, and present your genius ideas to a panel of McKinsey consultants and the nonprofit's bigwigs.

What's the jackpot?

Hold onto your student ID cards, because this is where it gets juicy. The winning team gets a cool £1000 for each member. That's a lot of ramen noodles! But wait, there's more. You also get a McKinsey mentor for six months. Talk about leveling up your LinkedIn profile!

How Does the Challenge Work?

After you've been selected (fingers crossed!), you'll be prepped on the fundamentals of consulting. You'll then work on the case, brainstorm with your team, and finally, present your solution. And hey, McKinsey's even covering your travel expenses. Classy, right?

Bits & Pieces About McKinsey & Company

If you've been living under a rock, McKinsey is a global management consulting firm. They've been in the game for over 90 years, helping organizations across the private, public, and social sectors create the change that matters.

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