DWF judge German Business Students of the Year

Ellen Macpherson, Felix Schleimer and Alistair Patrick announced as German Business Student of the Year 2013.

Mark Green, German Honorary Consul and partner at national law firm DWF, announced the winners at the competition final, held on 30 May at the University of Leeds.

The competition saw each student secure a work placement with a German company, in addition to receiving a cash prize. The winning team put forward a compelling case for an internet-based search engine for booking appointments for shared-student accommodation in Germany.

Now in its third year, the competition saw eight students make it through to the final round. Each group was required to present a business plan for an innovative idea in German to a ‘Dragons’ Den’ style panel. The panel comprised of Mark Green, Honorary Consul; Professor Henk de Berg, Head of the Department of Germanic Studies at Sheffield University and Frau Anna Fleisch, a retired barrister. The aim was to receive an investment of EUR 30,000.

Mark Green commented: “The standard of the presentations this year has been extremely high and it was difficult for the judges to select a winner.

“We hope the winners make the most of their placements and would like to thank our sponsors,  Deutsche Bank, Presspart Manufacturing Ltd and a local translation company who, between them, will provide a total of six paid work placements, each lasting between one and four months.”

The competition originated four years ago, following Mark Green’s idea to encourage the development of student oral presentation skills for business. Dr. Giles Harrington at the University of Leeds was the first to take up the idea, creating an entirely new business planning module to the German Department's final year course options. 

Since the competition launched, approximately 20 students have now received placements, a number leading to offers of full time jobs. Next year it is hoped to roll out the competition and offer of placements to students at other universities across the North of England.