Winner of 2013 Goldman Sachs Student Challenge Announced

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In November 2013, Goldman Sachs launched a competition for students at universities in England, offering them the opportunity to demonstrate their creative and entrepreneurial skills through real life business challenges set by three business leaders who’ve participated in the firm’s 10,000 Small Businesses programme.

On February 13, 2014, eleven finalists came to our London offices and presented their ideas to a panel of judges, made-up of the business leaders and Goldman Sachs management.

After a busy afternoon of presentations and networking, Goldman Sachs was delighted to award the overall prize of one year of university tuition fees and a place on the firm’s 2014 spring internship programme to Boyoung Ahn, studying at University College London.

Boyoung responded to a business challenge set by Anne O’Connor, whose company Fleet Solve specialises in renewable energy technology. Commenting on Boyoung’s proposal and the overall competition, Anne said: “When first setting the challenge, I had no idea we’d get such outstanding responses. All the judges have been incredibly impressed with the thought and effort invested in each proposal by the students. We hope to implement Boyoung’s innovative idea at Fleet Solve, to help our business grow.”

In addition to the first prize, two runners-up prizes of iPads were awarded to Arhant Mathur and James Thornton, studying at Southampton and Warwick Universities, respectively.

Sarah Harper, Goldman Sachs' head of recruiting in EMEA, added: “This challenge has been a great opportunity for us to connect with students at universities across England, and we’ve been thrilled by the enthusiasm with which they’ve responded. Everyone who’s participated should be very proud, and we are looking forward to welcoming Boyoung to our internship programme in the spring.”