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Team Spain crowned champions at the 2019 KPMG Innovation & Collaboration Challenge

Team Spain crowned champions of KICC 2019

Team Spain has won the 2019 KPMG Innovation & Collaboration Challenge (KICC) held in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Phil Blackman

Chief Operating Officer, Global Corporate Affairs

KPMG International


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Buenos Aires, April 11, 2019 – congratulations to Team Spain from ESADE Business School, Spain, for winning the coveted 2019 KPMG Innovation & Collaboration Challenge (KICC) student competition held this week in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The competition challenged teams to develop ideas that would digitize healthcare systems and improve the lives of people suffering from non-communicable diseases in disadvantaged communities. The topic gave students first-hand experience of the type of challenges KPMG teams help their clients with while demonstrating the positive impact our work can have on communities and society at large.

This year, KICC attracted more than 17,500 student applications, from over 500 universities across 25 countries. The competition was run using KPMG Innovation Factory, a technology platform that enables students to generate and share ideas, collaborate with one another and pitch their solutions to judges. At the international finals, 21 teams of four embarked on a four-day experience, collaborating across teams and presenting a variety of solutions for the healthcare sector.

Team Spain

Team Spain wowed the judges with the innovative concept of a ‘health kiosk’ designed to provide easy access to healthcare in remote communities. The judges were particularly impressed with how the team designed an end-to-end solution that can be scaled up to help many more people in the future. Their solution considered how to raise awareness of non-communicable diseases as a preventative measure and increase access to diagnostics and treatment by leveraging new and existing technologies.

The winning team will attend a healthtech client’s LEAN program in Spain, joined by social entrepreneurs and coaches from KPMG member firms.

“I am so grateful to have had this unique opportunity at KICC,” said Alisa Znamenskaya of the Spanish team. “The finalist teams from Canada, the UAE [United Arab Emirates] and the US [United States of America] gave us some fierce competition and we’re proud to have worked alongside such talented students from around the world. KICC challenged us in so many ways and helped us learn about the skills we will need to have to be successful in the business world. But more than that, the healthcare issue we worked on helped us see that the work we can do at KPMG is meaningful and can make a real difference. We’re so glad we had the chance to present a solution that could positively impact a community and so many people.”

“All 84 students were truly impressive and we’ve witnessed some incredibly bright and innovative minds this year,” said Hanneke van Helvoort, KICC Program Director, KPMG International. “Team Spain not only demonstrated some outstanding and original thinking, they impressed all the judges with their determination and passion to create a solution that would change lives. Alisa Znamenskaya, Álvaro Lizán Nicolau, Jaime Machimbarrena Rico and Juan Beltrán Irún from Team Spain are truly deserving to be crowned this year’s global KICC champions.”

Notes to the editor:

KICC is KPMG International’s Global Flagship Student Recruitment program. Now in its 16th year it attracts on average 18,000 business and STEM students annually, competing for the chance to attend the international finals, network with top leaders, collaborate with teams from around the world and develop their consulting and business skills.

For more information, contact:

Phil Blackman
KPMG International
+44 (0)7770 700383

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