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Ace Manager – The Fifth Set: 5th round of the annual BNP Paribas international online business game for university students

For the fifth year running, BNP Paribas is inviting entries for the Ace Manager online business game. Designed to enhance Group brand awareness in universities and colleges worldwide, the 2013 round of this international contest is open to teams of students in higher education – those studying for a Bachelor or Master's degree – who are under 26 years of age.

Ace Manager - The Fifth Set has been designed with the help of BNP Paribas hands-on banking experts, with a view to ensuring its appeal to young people. BNP Paribas has set the goal of branding itself as one of the most attractive employers among students worldwide. As for the previous round of Ace Manager, the Group has once again this year deployed an international network of Ambassadors to promote the business game within leading universities and colleges.


The game takes place in a fictitious town called Universe-City, where an extraordinary discovery is about to unleash a series of unprecedented events.

During the online phase of the contest, participating teams, each composed of three students, will test their ability to carry out various banking tasks – involving Marketing, Management and Business Development – embedded in a number of case studies. Their goal is to come up with the best solution to help clients develop their business.
To fulfil their objectives, the contestants will have to meet numerous challenges linked to the BNP Paribas Group's three core business areas - retail banking, asset management, and corporate and investment banking.


This international competition will be run in English, beginning with an initial online phase from 2 – 23 April 2013 on a dedicated website:

Ace Manager – The Fifth Set will then conclude with a grand final between the five best-performing teams in mid-May 2013. Teams will have to meet the final challenge in front of an expert jury composed of former teachers from participating universities and members of BNP Paribas top management.
The contest is open for entries from 15 October 2012 on the dedicated website Entries close on 26 March 2013.

Key dates for the fifth annual round of Ace Manager
- Registration is open from 15 October 2012 until 26 March 2013
- Contest will run during 2 – 23 April 2013
- Final will take place in mid-May 2013
- Prize-giving ceremony will be in late May 2013


All finalists will receive cash prizes as follows:
Winning team: €6,000 plus a trip to Paris
Runner-up team: €3,000
Third-placed team: €1,500
All finalists will also receive tickets to a tennis event.

The fourth round of Ace Manager attracted over 14,000 student contestants from 145 countries on five continents. Each year the contest brings a total of more than a million students into contact with the BNP Paribas brand. The Ace Manager website has received over 400,000 visits and the Facebook community today numbers 21,166 fans.

More than 60% of the BNP Paribas workforce is based outside France. The Group recruits talented people with very varied backgrounds and qualifications from all over the world for a range of over 300 different job categories.

BNP Paribas Group recruitment policy
BNP Paribas is constantly on the lookout for talent. In 2013, the Group is planning to recruit 13,000 new staff worldwide, 1,500 of them in France. As part of its pre-recruitment process, BNP Paribas also hires hundreds of young people on ‘VIE' (volunteer jobs abroad) contracts and provides more than 1,000 internships every year in France to students approaching the end of their course. The Group also strongly believes in the value of work-study arrangements and will this year be taking on 1,450 new ‘sandwich' course students.

BNP Paribas Group personnel policy is to retain staff over the long term. With this in mind, we provide each employee with individual career management, supported by skilled human resources staff, who help to guide each person through his or her career orientation, job moves and professional progress. The Group also runs highly effective skills development programmes. Due to the broad range of our activities, the Group is able to offer opportunities for career mobility, either within a given business or department, from one business to another, or between geographical locations.

About BNP Paribas
BNP Paribas ( has a presence in 80 countries and nearly 200,000 employees, including more than 150,000 in Europe. It ranks highly in its three core activities: Retail Banking, Investment Solutions and Corporate & Investment Banking. In Europe, the Group has four domestic markets (Belgium, France, Italy and Luxembourg) and BNP Paribas Personal Finance is the leader in consumer lending. BNP Paribas is rolling out its integrated retail banking model across Mediterranean basin countries, in Turkey and Eastern Europe, and boasts a large network in the western part of the United States. In its Corporate & Investment Banking and Investment Solutions activities, BNP Paribas also enjoys top positions in Europe, a strong presence in the Americas and solid and fast-growing businesses in Asia.