The Vision 2020 University Challenge is open to all university students from all fields of study and is designed to identify, reward and cultivate graduates with an eye on the future.

The Vision 2020 University Challenge is now closed. The competition will reopen in 2018.

Challenge Question

The Vision 2020 University Challenge question for 2016 was:

In a post-Brexit economy, what is the one legal reform you would implement to encourage business growth by 2020 in Ireland?

How to Apply

The Vision 2020 University Challenge is now closed. The competition will reopen in 2017.

  • Entries are to be submitted in either of the following formats: written form (maximum of two pages) or video (maximum length of 5 minutes).
  • Entries should be submitted to vision2020@matheson.com. The cover form provided by Matheson should be completed and entered via email along with the submission.
  • A shortlist of teams will be invited to Matheson’s office to present their pitch to the judging panel. Each member of the team must present. The panel will select one winning team and one runner-up team.
     

Please read the terms and conditions below.

The Prize

  • 1st Prize: €1,000 and a place on Matheson’s Summer Internship Programme in either June or July for each member of the winning team.
  • Runner–Up Prize: €500 for each team member.

Judging Panel

The Vision 2020 University Challenge juding panel for 2016 included:

  1. Philip Merrils-Dearn, EMEA Head of Legal at Twitter
  2. Nicola White, Director of Learning and Development at Matheson
  3. Anne-Marie Bohan, Partner at Matheson
  4. Patrick Spicer, Head of the International Corporate Group at Matheson

Key Dates

The key dates for 2016 were:

Wednesday, 19 October - Closing date for competition submissions

Friday, 26 October - Competition finalists announced

Wednesday, 2 November - Pitch to juding panel at Matheson

Terms and Conditions

  1. The competition is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students across all universities, disciplines and years.
  2. Submissions are to be made on a team basis only; with a minimum of two team members and a maximum of four team members.
  3. Written submissions must be typed using Arial, size 10, 1.2 line spacing with page numbers and footnotes to reference any resources.
  4. The cover form provided by Matheson should be completed and entered via email along with the submission.
  5. Each member of the team must present during the pitch to the judging team.
  6. Submissions must be the original work of the participants. Any form of plagiarism will result in automatic disqualification.
  7. Photography and video captured throughout the duration of the competition may be used for promotional activities by Matheson. Such activities include but are not limited to: website content and promotion; social media promotion; online and offline advertising; and marketing collateral such as brochures, posters, pull-ups and nimlocks.
  8. Content supplied in submissions and the names of participants may be used by Matheson for the promotional activities mentioned above.

2016 Winner and Runner-Up

The winning team from University College Dublin was Team BGR including Rachel Toland-Burke, Tara English and Eimear O’Leary. Our runner-up team from Trinity College Dublin was Bits and Bobs including Elaine O’Sullivan, Diarmuid Hickey and Hannah Gallagher. Congratulations to both teams!

Click here to find out more about the technically excellent and innovative ideas from some of our 2016 finalists. Watch the winning video submission below.