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Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

Interested in participating in KICC but have questions? We have answers.

You have questions. We have answers.

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When do the international finals take place?

KICC 2019 took place 8-11, April 2019 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Stay tuned for details about the 2020 competition.

What's my first step to get involved?

Visit the Get Involved page to see if your country is participating in KICC (list will be available in November 2019). If your country is listed, contact your local KPMG representative for details of how to participate in your country.

How many members must each team have to participate?

Teams can only compete in groups of four students with representation of at least one male and one female per team. No exceptions are made for groups with more or fewer team members.

How are teams of four assembled?

Formation of teams varies by each participating country. Please contact your local KPMG representative for more details.

Can I participate if my home country is not listed as a participant?

To participate in KPMG's Innovation & Collaboration Challenge, you must compete as part of a nationally sponsored KPMG team. The list of participating countries in the 2020 event will be available in November 2019.

What types of cases are analyzed at the international level?

KPMG member firms provide many professional services to clients, and the cases analyzed at the international competition reflect this. What you can be sure of however, is that you will have to integrate qualitative and quantitative analysis and formulate strategic recommendations.

When is the competition in my country?

Each participating country runs their local competition a bit differently. Please contact your local KPMG representative for more details.

What is the cost to participate?

There is no cost to participate in the international final. All travel costs to the finals are covered by KPMG.

Do I have to be a student to participate?

Yes, only active students can participate in the KPMG Innovation & Collaboration Challenge. Your intended degree and field of study can vary, and we encourage students from all disciplines to participate in their local competitions.

What is the format of the competition?

The international competition takes place over four days. An example of the 2019 format is below:

  • Day 1: Get to know KPMG member firm leaders and recruiters as well as other participants at the KICC opening ceremony, networking activity and celebratory dinner.
  • Day 2: Country teams are split into new groupings to work together with colleagues from across the globe to analyze and present their first case to our judging panel made up of KPMG leaders. Afterward, enjoy a free evening to experience and explore the host city. 
  • Day 3: Back in your national team, you will compete in a second round of case analysis. You will analyze a different case and present back to separate judging panels. In the evening we will announce the 3 finalist teams. A group dinner is held in the evening to enjoy, relax and network.
  • Day 4: The finalist teams analyze and present a new case to the entire judging panel and all non-finalist teams. The winning team is announced at a celebratory reception that evening.

Is there a prize for the winning team?

Yes, each member of the KICC 2019 International final winning team from Spain was awarded a prize.

Can I participate in KICC even if I do not have a valid passport for international travel?

Yes, you can. However, if your team wins your national round and is eligible to travel to the international finals, you are responsible for having the appropriate travel documents.

Will KPMG offer me employment if my team wins KICC or if I participate in it?

It is possible, but not guaranteed. This competition is treated as a separate event to any local member firm's official recruitment process.

Will KPMG help me secure a visa, if required, if my team is selected for the event?

KPMG will work with you to the extent possible to secure travel documents. As requirements for each country vary, please contact your local firm directly for more information.

Will I be allowed to extend my stay at my own cost?

This depends on local firm guidelines. For details on your local competition, please contact your local representative.