What is KIC all about?

You'll get to generate a new idea that could change the world, create a prototype and then pitch it to business leaders. Along the way you'll work with KPMG specialists, who will help bring your idea to life.

If successful, you'll get the opportunity to take on teams from the rest of the world in the KIC International Finals and win an attractive prize. 

Due to the current circumstances, the KIC 2021 will be held virtually.


The challenge 2021

Create an advanced technology solution that helps an organization or industry of your choice overcome or leverage the impacts of the global pandemic.

COVID-19 has been a catalyst for change (both positive and negative) in all types of organizations (e.g. digital transformation, environmental and societal implications, health care services, remote working, etc.). Imagine you are part of a group of innovators looking to help the world grow from this experience. This is your chance to pitch your idea to KPMG business leaders.

You are not sure what to expect and where the KIC journey might take you? Click here and get a glimpse behind the scenes of KIC 2020.

What has happened so far – March 2021

The competition 2021 kicked off with a two-day virtual workshop, the so-called Ideation Academy. Two experts from KPMG Switzerland virtually guided the four student teams through the process. The teams defined industry, client and problem themselves and together with their KPMG coaches worked on their solution. Each team then pitched their idea to the KPMG judging panel. The best two teams – ETHSG and SupplyMyCar – presented their solutions in the national finals. In a very close battle, SupplyMyCar won the competition.

The winning team: SupplyMyCar
SupplyMyCar's solution helps maintain automobile production when upstream industries halt production. SupplyMyCar is a web-based tool that allows car manufacturers to restore Supply Chain during low supply availability by connecting them with their suppliers. Serving as an extension of the supplier base, it reduces the likelihood of costly delays in production lead time.

The International Final

In April, teams from 15 different countries competed in the KIC global finals 2021. Team SupplyMyCar represented Switzerland with its innovative idea to help maintain automobile production when upstream industries halt production. Unfortunately, the team did not make it to the final round. It was however, a truly rewarding experience. The students worked alongside their KPMG mentor Johannes Forster (FS, Digital Innovation) to fine-tune their solution.

Team Venezuela wins
The Green Team from Venezuela, won, with its idea utilizing photosynthesis to generate sustainable energy to positively impact society after the many disruptions of COVID-19. 

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