Win £2,500 in marketing competition

Are you a marketing student? Think you could be the best? Enter this competition for a shot at winning £2,500.

Chartered Institute Marketing is launching its ‘Pitch 2018′ competition again this year to ‘find marketing stars of the future’.


CIM announced this week a nationwide competition in partnership with global market intelligence agency Mintel, to find up-and-coming UK talent in marketing.

Now in its seventh year, The Pitch sees students from leading universities across the UK compete to respond to a live client brief, in a bid to win the title of ‘Marketer of the future’. This year’s challenge is set by international brand, Wilkinson Sword.

Previous winners

Evie Johnson, an undergraduate at Nottingham Trent University and Tom Brown, an undergraduate at Leeds Beckett University were crowned the winning team for The Pitch 2017.

Since winning, they have both accepted full-time positions with their placement year employer, BMW.

Discussing the competition Evie said: “Graduates can’t afford to take a back seat in marketing and as placements become more and more common, they need to find other ways to have an edge.

“Not only did winning The Pitch help me to stand out and secure my first job, but it’s continued to help me progress on the career ladder.”

The top three teams chosen on the day will then be taken through to the CIM Marketing Excellence Awards on 12 April, where the winners will be announced and presented with the ‘Marketers of the future’ award.

This is also an excellent opportunity for students to meet and develop relationships with senior marketing figures from key brands across the industry.

Why enter

Gemma Butler, Associate Marketing Director at CIM, said: “The Pitch is a great way for CIM to engage with upcoming marketers and students across the country.

“With over 120 students entering last year, the event reflects a growing focus on ensuring that graduates coming into the workplace are fully equipped with the marketing skills they require to succeed.”

The closing date for registration to the competition is 15 December 2017. More information, including how to enter and details of the challenge, can be found here.

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Sean McPolin

Sean is a third-year multimedia journalism student and News Editor for Unified. He has had work used at BBC, ITV, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed and the Daily Mail. He's an aspiring online journalist with a key interest in sports, and has written for the Mirror Sport and Mail Online.

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