McKinsey Global Institute, the economic and business research arm of McKinsey & Company, invites entries for an essay competition titled the ‘McKinsey Global InstituteOpportunity for Europe” 

Worth of Award

  • The prize will consist of a pool of €100,000 (one hundred thousand Euros) to be allocated in accordance with Clauses 6 and 8 to the authors of the best essays who answer the question: How could a pro-growth reform program be made deliverable by 2020, and appeal to electorates and decision makers alike at the national and European level? (each, an “Essay”).
  • The prizes will be presented to the respective winners in the form of a cheque at the award ceremony.


Each party submitting an Essay is an entrant (Entrant).

All references to the words “you” or “your” shall be references to an Entrant.


The competition is open to Entrants worldwide provided that they are aged 18 years or over as of the date of entry, except:

(a) Employees, associates, directors or agents of McKinsey or its holding or subsidiary companies


McKinsey will not accept Essays that:

(a) are not drafted in English;

(b) exceed five thousand (5,000) words (including any exhibits);

(c) are submitted after the Closing Date (as defined under 5.1 below);

(d) are not original, i.e., were not independently conceived by its author;

(e) include material inaccuracies which are misleading as to the Entrant’s compliance with the eligibility criteria set forth by this Clause 4;

(f) have been completed on behalf of a company, partnership or corporate entity;

(g) have been drafted by a third party other than the Entrant who is not mentioned as co-author in the Application Documents; or

(h) have been submitted prior to the Closing Date for publication or as an entry for another competition.

McKinsey may require you and any co-author(s) to provide proof that you and your co-author(s) are eligible to enter the competition.

How to Enter 

Each Entrant may submit no more than one entry, whether as sole author or as co-author (joint submissions).

Deadline: The Competition will close by 11:59 PM (GMT) on 31 July 2016 (the “Closing Date”) inclusive.

The prize winners will be formally announced at an award ceremony with senior societal leaders to take place on 12 October 2016 in Brussels, further details of which will be communicated to the short-listed Entrants after the Closing Date.

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