CPA Business Competitions - UC Business School - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

CPA Business Competitions

One of the world’s largest accounting bodies CPA Australia, runs event and business competitions that challenge undergraduates to get a head-start in their careers.

UC business students have opportunities to participate in CPA Australia's annual competitions including:

The CPA Big Break Project

Individuals or teams of two undergraduate students take on a real life business problem facing Make-A-Wish® in Australia and New Zealand. The best submissions proceed to the CPA Big Break Project finale in Melbourne.

2012 competition
Pip Widdon won the New Zealand Big Break competition and a trip to Melbourne to compete in the Grand Final.

Media release: Pip Widdon to represent New Zealand in final (2 Oct)

big break 2012
Left to right: Sam Stapley, Thomas Pearse and Pip Widdon represented UC at the 2012 New Zealand finals.










The Naked CEO

In the Naked CEO Boardroom competition, students from New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore or Malaysia, submit an accounting question to the CPA chief executive Alex Malley. Six students are selected on the best questions and win a trip to Melbourne to learn about some of the most thriving and exciting businesses operating in Australia. Students will meet business owners, see how they handle the day-to-day challenges of running a business and gain insights into business leadership.

2013 competition
Entry into the competition was to watch an episode of the Naked CEO on website and ask Alex a question relating to the episode. Winning students were selected by Alex Malley.

UC fourth year business student, Nicole Van Dugteren, was one of the 2013 six Asia-Pacific winners. Nicole flew to Melbourne in July 2013 to attend the CPA mentoring day and received two night's accommodation, dinners and other prizes.

Media release: UC student wins trip to Melbourne in Asia-Pacific Naked CEO competition (16 Jul)

Make Your Mark

The CPA Australia Make Your Mark competition involves students making a one-minute video or providing a 250-word written statement on how they plan to make their mark in your chosen field.

2011 competition
UC student Tim Brand won the Make Your Mark competition and a trip to Sydney to meet Commander Neil Armstrong.

For more information contact:
Department of Accounting and Information Systems
Phone: +64 3 369 3648

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