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Zurich, January 25, 2012 – For the second European be.project competition, management and technology consultancy BearingPoint ( is earmarking over €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.

Students from leading colleges and universities in Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium and France can register their innovative project ideas under The best Swiss project will receive a grant of 20’000 Swiss Francs and will have the chance to win a further €15,000 at the European final taking place on May 30, 2012 in Brussels. The amount of the prize testifies to BearingPoint’s commitment to these students to fund major projects and build long-term relationships with them. The projects received in 2011 from as many as 90 teams highlight students’ interest in be.project.

In the words of Marcel Nickler, partner and delegate of the board of administration at BearingPoint: “Also this year, we would like to give the opportunity to the students of universities in German-speaking Switzerland as well as in the Romandie, to foster their exceptional talents. We will additionally support and accompany the students of the winning project for a whole year, from the development to the implementation. It is our goal to offer a sustainable platform in order for them to implement their ambitious projects”.
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
  • capability to deliver the expected results: realism and pragmatism, achievement of initial tangible results;
  • originality and creativity;
  • applicability for BearingPoint.

For practical purposes, be.project is a competition suitable for teams composed of 2 to 10 students.

Important dates:

  • 17 March 2012: Closing date to register your team and project online.
  • 27 March 2012: Selection of projects that will compete for the local award.
  • 26 April 2012: Shortlist finalists to present their projects to the local BearingPoint office.
  • 8 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.

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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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