IEU Challenges & Competitions

At IE University, we are looking for students who are adaptive learners, ready to face unexpected challenges of all types.

IE University is launching a series of challenges and competitions for you to creatively address and develop innovative ideas that could make a difference!

Our IEU Global Challenges & Competitions are 100% virtual, which means you will have the opportunity to network and brainstorm with your fellow members from all over the world.  Join us on these exciting ventures and become the leader of the future!

The winners of each challenge will have the opportunity to gain exclusive scholarships (up to 50%) to study at IE University and the chance to advance to the IEU Leadership Program with all of the winners from the different global competitions. The winner of the Leadership Program will be eligible for an 80% scholarship at IE University.

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International Portfolio Challenge

If you are drawn to design and architecture and you want to set your university application apart, this is the challenge for you! Learn how to put together the perfect portfolio and compete with top likeminded creators from all around the world.

International Portfolio Challenge is a global competition that will allow you to explore the relevance of the portfolio as a tool for an aspiring designer/architect. In the first session, you will have a workshop on how to create your first portfolio, looking at different examples and providing feedback and insights. After the workshop, you will have two weeks to work on your own portfolio and submit it for phase 2, where we will make a choice and give a full in-depth critique to select the winner.


Are you a natural problem-solver? Do you believe in the practical application of mathematical knowledge? Did you realize that mathematics is the key element in many industries? From Netflix’s recommendation engine to Uber’s optimization route engine, the main organizations are using mathematics to create sustainable business models.

If you believe mathematics is a catalyst for innovation, you will be interested in entering this competition. Prepare yourself to solve several real-life problems and do not miss the chance to put your skills to the test.

The Math Challenge is a global competition where students will prove their analytical and critical thinking skills and have the chance to win an exclusive scholarship to study at IE University.

Math Challenge Registration


The Money Heist Challenge

Are there deeper lessons to be learned from a series like Money Heist? If you are passionate about social movements and how they are evolving in our society, you will be interested in entering this competition. Prepare to dive into the popular Money Heist (La Casa de Papel) series and do not miss out on this chance to be part of an enlightening experience!

The Money Heist Challenge is a global competition where students will learn from two top IE professors, one from the world of Storytelling and other from the world of Data analytics. Participants will be the investigators in this story. Their task is to draw lessons from Money Heist and apply them to the most powerful and impactful social movement of today.

Impacting the World: The SDGs Challenge

If you are interested in gaining knowledge and skills to proactively take informed action and contribute in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations, then this is the challenge for you!

The SDGs Challenge is a global competition to develop creative problem-solving skills by designing innovative solutions to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs). Students will apply a design-thinking methodology to create impactful projects, learn how to effectively pitch, and present their refined proposal to a panel of judges.


School Debate Challenge

If you are passionate about discussing global issues and you love public speaking, then this is the challenge for you! Learn to compose compelling and persuasive arguments in response to the pressing social, economic and environmental issues faced in society today.

The School Debate Challenge is a global competition that brings together likeminded students from all around the world to debate relevant topics in society today. This is an excellent opportunity to develop rhetoric skills, meet students from other high schools worldwide and gain invaluable communication techniques.

School Debate Challenge Registration

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If you are someone who is passionate about their community, likes taking social actions, have qualities of leadership, and enjoys making critical decisions and actionable goals, then this challenge is for you!

Participate in a challenge to develop skills that has the power to uplift and empower a community. Through this challenge you will learn the importance and understand the concepts of money, investing, and finance in general. You will also in a way develop ideas and action plan that contribute toward United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals such as Gender Equality (5) and Decent Work and Economic Growth (8). You will have to apply critical thinking skills along with creativity to create path-breaking solutions, and present a proposal to us.