December 13, 2011 05:00 ET

Launch of European be.project Competition 2012-Call for Projects Opens

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY--(Marketwire - Dec. 13, 2011) - For the second European be.project competition, management and technology consultancy BearingPoint ( is earmarking up to €30,000 to support an initiative by European students involving a meaningful project of general interest. In addition to this funding, BearingPoint is supporting the prize-winners for a year in preparing and implementing their projects.

In 2012, the competition consolidates its European dimension by bringing leading colleges and universities in Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium and France into competition with one another. Each local winner will receive a grant of €15,000 and will have the chance to win a further €15,000 at the European final in Brussels. In awarding this grant, BearingPoint hopes to encourage students at European universities and colleges to implement its values and principles, namely passion, excellence, teaming, commitment and stewardship. The amount of the prize - among the highest in Europe - testifies to BearingPoint's commitment to these students to fund major projects and build long-term relationships with them.

In the words of Peter Mockler, Managing Partner at BearingPoint: "Last year edition revealed the exceptional talent of students at EM Lyon, Delft University of Technology, University of St. Gallen, HafenCity University Hamburg and Zeppelin University, from the birth of their idea through to final implementation. This second competition is an opportunity for new teams from leading European universities and colleges to carry out projects, with BearingPoint, which are as ambitious and generous as they are".

BearingPoint will select the projects on the basis of the following main criteria:

  • overall quality of the project: the ethics of the approach, the concept of generosity or sharing, embracing innovation and change;

  • team spirit: the level of commitment and the notion of initiative;

  • capability to deliver the expected results: realism and pragmatism, achievement of initial tangible results;

  • originality and creativity;

  • contribution to BearingPoint.

The many projects received in 2011 from 90 candidate European teams testify to students' interest in be.project.

For practical purposes, be.project takes the form of a competition between teams composed of between 2 and 10 students.

Important dates:

  • 17 March 2012: Closing date to register your team and project online.
  • End of March 2012: Selection of projects that will compete for the local award.
  • Early April 2012: Shortlist finalists to present their projects to the local BearingPoint office.
  • April/May 2012: Local award ceremonies. The dates will be notified by local BearingPoint offices.
  • Finally, each winning local team will take part in the European final that will take place on 30 May 2012 in Brussels. The winner will receive an additional prize of €15,000.

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About BearingPoint

BearingPoint delivers business consulting with management and technology capabilities. As an independent firm with European roots and global reach BearingPoint serves leading companies and public sector organisations world-wide to align and optimise processes, IT and operating models with business strategy. Driven by a strong entrepreneurial mindset and desire to create long-term partnerships, BearingPoint's consultants are committed to delivering excellence and value to their clients. The firm's approach to working with clients is highly collaborative and designed to improve business performance, from strategy through to execution. BearingPoint currently employs 3,200 people in 15 countries.

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