BNP Paribas is inviting entries for its “Ace Manager” online game, which is aimed at raising its profile at universities throughout the world, for the eighth year running. This international game, which is based on case studies in the banking sector, is open to all audiences.
Everyone can take part, but only students under the age of 26 (at the Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree level) who put together a team of three people (all under 26) will be eligible for inclusion in the global ranking. The final round and awards will remain reserved for students, although everyone can take part in this venture. BNP Paribas is offering everyone – young professionals, pensioners and business leaders alike – the opportunity to find out about the real economy, to step into a banker’s shoes, and throw themselves into a business venture. Everyone will be able to improve their business English, and take part in an extraordinary 3-D experience for three weeks!
The game takes place in the fictional Universe-City, where an extraordinary discovery is about to set a series of unprecedented of events in motion. During the online stage of the game, the participating teams will be required to test their ability to perform various banking tasks via several “finance case studies” in which Marketing, Management and Business concepts will be addressed. Their assignment is to find the best solution to support their clients in developing their business. To fulfil this assignment, students will have to meet many challenges relating to BNP Paribas’ two main business areas – Retail Banking & Services and Corporate & Institutional Banking.
“Ace Manager 2016” has been designed with BNP Paribas’ hands-on bankers, in order to increase the Bank’s attractiveness to young people throughout the world. BNP Paribas’ goal is to become a preferred employer brand for students throughout the world. A world-wide network of Ambassadors has been rolled out in order to promote the Business Game at universities and/or Higher Education Institutions. These ambassadors took part in the previous Ace Manager round.
THE STAGES OF THE GAME
- This international competition will take place in English. Only one session will be open to students in order to address a greater number of financial topics.
- Registrations must be completed at acemanager.bnpparibas.com.
- Dates to bear in mind:
- Registration: 1 October 2015 – 13 April 2016
- Online game: 20 April 2016 – 10 May 2016
- Final: June 2016
- Awards ceremony: end-June 2016
Candidates who are selected for the final will be required to complete one last challenge, and will be assessed by a panel of experts consisting of emeritus professors from the participating higher education institutions and members of BNP Paribas’ management.
All the teams who reach the final will receive an award:
– the winning team will receive €6,000 and a trip to Paris;
– the second-placed team will receive €3,000;
– the third-placed team will receive €1,500;
All the finalists will also receive tickets to a tennis event.
The previous Ace Manager round attracted almost 20,000 students from 125 markets across five continents. Over one million students from around the world have been in contact with the BNP Paribas brand during every round of the competition. Moreover, the Ace Manager website has attracted over 400,000 visitors in total, while the Facebook community now has almost 37,000 fans.
Over 70% of BNP Paribas’ employees are outside France. The Group hires people from very diverse backgrounds, and offers an array of over 300 different jobs throughout the world.