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Students tackle business at FLUX



UCT’s Careers Service recently had a business challenge, named FLUX, where students flexed their business muscle.


The Careers Service has presented FLUX, a student business challenge introduced in the UK. The pilot FLUX challenge took place at the Graduate School of Business, and featured 144 students battling against one another for the honour of coming up with one of two winning business ideas and being awarded the prize money of R6 000.


Marc Lintern, Careers Services director of Newcastle University, is an expert in presenting the competition in the UK and came to SA to train the UCT Careers Service to take the competition forward. In 2006 he organised the first competition at Plymouth University. Since then the competition has grown. Outside of the UK it is not only presented at UCT, but also at two universities in Sri Lanka.


Commerce students made up more than half of FLUX participants, followed by engineering and humanities students.


Some students commented on the competition, saying,”The best aspect wasn’t within the event itself, but rather what it can do to stimulate ideas to improve society in the future.”


Adapted from:UCT