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2017 Invent a New Future Challenge

Compete with other bright minds around the world!

An unforgettable global opportunity.

Every day at 3M, we create new solutions and define what’s next for the world. There is no ordinary thinking at 3M, and we want to reward the extraordinary thinking of college and graduate students around the world.

If selected for the first round of competition, you will have the opportunity to compete in an actual 3M case competition in your country in March or April. The top two finalists will be flown to the United States in July 2017 for the global case competition finals at 3M’s World Headquarters. The final winners will have bragging rights, lunch with 3M leaders and a six-month mentorship with a 3M senior leader, and all participants will gain an unforgettable experience!

Please view the Rules of Participation. Registration available from Monday, January 15th – March 9th, 2018.

Learn what our participants have to share about their experience

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Previous Winners

Previous Winners

2017 Winners

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Left to right:
Vamshi Voruganti, USA, Pennsylvania State University, Industrial Engineering
Eunseo Jean Kim, South Korea, Hanyang University, Industrial Engineering
Bruno Ferreira de Oliveira, Brazil, Universidade Federal da Bahia, Chemical Engineering
Annu Mann, India, Xavier School of Management, MBA
Abdulkhaleq Ahmed Al-Mansaf, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Kaust), Chemical Science


2016 Winners

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Left to right:
George Baffour, UAE, Hult International Business School, MBA
Raul Carreon, Mexico, Tecnologico de Monterrey Campus Saltillo, Business
Sanghee Sarah Park, South Korea, Ewha Womens University, Electronic Engineering
Vanessa Ng, Singapore, Nanyang Business School, Marketing
Jagruti Vojjala, India, Xavier School of Management, MBA
Pavan Matharu, Canada, University of Toronto, Management of Innovation
Nuh Conagasi, Turkey, Sabanci University, Industrial Engineering


2015 Winners

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Row 1: left to right:
Alfonso Lucado, Panama, Universidad Tecnologica de Panama, Electro Mechanical Engineering
Marian Brewer, USA, University of Adelaide, International Business
Shahrzad Pooya, Canada, Western University, Business Administration
Berkay Soyer, Turkey, Koc University, Business Administration

Row 2: left to right:
Adil Shafi Afzal, UAE, Heirot-Watt University, Petroleum Engineering
Raquel Mascarenhas Hornos, Brazil, University of Leeds, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering
Alejandro Yepez Sanchez, Mexico, Universidad Anahuac, Industrial Engineering
Tomoki Kiyose, Japan, The University of Tokyo, Agriculture


2014 Winners

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Left to right:
Karolina Mojeścik, Poland, Warsaw International Studies in Psychology, Psychology
Cosay Kacar, Turkey, Sabanci University, Engineering and MBA
Polina Petrova, Russia, State University of Management, Business

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Register

Register

Select your country to register*

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*If you do not see a country where you could participate please connect with us via social media to learn of other opportunities in the future.

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Timeline

Timeline

ACTIVITY

Registration
  • Monday, January 16th - March 10th, 2017.
  • Individuals who are interested by country can submit their entry on the INFC site.
Country Selection
  • Week of March 10th, 2017
  • Finalists by country to be announced.
Country Competition
  • Between March and April 14th 2017
  • Case competition in each participating country. Dates may vary per country.
Global Finalists
  • Week of April 21st 2017
  • Global Finalists to be announced (1 per country).
Global Competition
  • To take place during the month of July 2017
  • To be held at 3M Headquarters (St. Paul, Minnesota, US)

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FAQ

FAQ

Is the INF Challenge website the only way to apply? Can I also apply through email/Facebook/Twitter?

Yes, all applications are accepted through www.3M.com/INF2017 only.

Who should register for the INF Challenge?

The Invent a New Future is open to students in the 3rd or 4th year of their undergraduate degree or those pursuing an advanced degree (i.e. Masters, MBA) who are interested in the chance to compete against peers from around the world in a unique and fun business case competition. Students pursuing degrees in marketing, sales, supply chain/logistics, engineering, science, and/or technical studies are encouraged to register. Student year may vary on local country prioritization.

Can we choose our own team members and participate in the challenge together?

Once you have been selected as a participant in the INF Challenge, 3M will place you on a team for round one. If selected for round 2 (the finals) you win a trip to 3M Headquarters in the United States of America where you will be assigned to a global team composed of other winning members from participating countries. There you will compete against other global teams for the grand prize of a six month mentorship with a 3M senior leader and serious bragging rights!

Why should I get involved?

You have invested considerable time and commitment to your academic studies, now is your opportunity to put it to a real world test. Compete against peers globally in a unique business simulation case challenge that tests your problem-solving, leadership and teamwork skills while helping you gain valuable insights and experience. You also benefit by building your professional and social network and will gain exposure to senior leaders that does not come readily early in a typical career. Additionally, you could win a trip to the finals at the 3M Headquarters in the United States and a mentorship with a 3M senior leader for six months. Now is your time!

If selected for the INF Challenge finals at 3M Headquarters in the United States, will my travel expenses be covered by 3M?

Yes, your travel, visa reimbursement and accommodation costs will be covered by 3M.

What are the overall rules and regulations for the INF Challenge?

The INF Challenge rules can be viewed here.

What is the timeline for the INF Challenge?

There are 4 stages in the process. The stages occur within the following dates:

  • Application – from January 16th to March 10th (see country-specific registration deadline changes in the Timeline section above)
  • Selection – week of March 10th 2017
  • Round 1 – Between March and April 14th 2017
  • Round 2 – During the month of July 2017. Dates to be defined.

Who do I contact if I have questions about my registration or consideration?

By clicking on the “Contact Us” button on the home page of www.3M.com/INF2017 you can submit your question and a team member will follow up with you shortly.

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