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So you think you can be a business consultant? 

Give it a try. You may be smarter than you think. Take a look at this year’s business challenges and see if you can solve any of them.
It’s your chance to strengthen your resume, meet new people, and possibly make money and start a new career.

Every year, we select and crowd-source a dozen real-life business challenges presented by our corporate partners. Thousands of people from around the world take part in the competition and try to develop solutions for these challenges. The best solutions often come from where they are expected least. Many people discover their passion for solving business problems and make it their career.

7 Reasons to Take Part in the X-Culture Competition

  1. Global Experience: Gain first-hand experience in global virtual collaboration. For two months you will be working with people from all around the world, collaborating across time zones, cultures, and languages. We will help you learn best ways of virtual collaboration, cross-cultural communication and teamwork.
  2. Consulting and Project Management Experience: Your team will be developing a business proposal for one of our corporate partners. In the process, you will learn challenges and best practices of preparing a consulting report and project management.
  3. Business Connections: Our corporate partners are eager to hear your ideas and suggestions for handling their real-life international business challenges. If you do it well, if you can impress your client company, you will gain valuable professional connections money can’t buy – and possibly a job offer.
  4. Friends Around the World: In addition to expanding your professional network, you will also make friends in different countries. Next time you are in Shanghai, New York, or Rio you may have an X-Culture friend there.
  5. Travel the World: Twice a year we organize an X-Culture Symposium – and you will be invited! Best students receive travel stipends to attend the event.  
  6. X-Culture Global Collaboration Certificate: Receive an X-Culture Global Collaboration Certificate as a documented proof of your newly acquired skills and experiences in global collaboration and international business consulting.
  7. Better Chances for New Job, Promotion, Grad School: The X-Culture experience (and our certificate and reference/support letter) will greatly improve your chances of getting that dream job or getting into a good graduate program.

X-Culture was originally designed for university students. However, we allow a small number of unaffiliated professionals to participate in X-Culture.

Companies and governmental agencies can enroll their employees, or professionals can apply directly.

Space on the program is very limited as we can allow no more than a few dozen non-student professionals each season. Enrollment is competitive: all non-university applicants will be required to first complete a pre-project training, and only those who successfully pass the entry test will be allowed to participate.


  • 2018-1a: January 22 – March 16, 2018
    Application deadline: January 20, 2018
  • 2018-1b: March 5 – April 27, 2018
    Application deadline: February 20, 2018
  • 2018-2a:  August 20 – October 12, 2018
    Application deadline: August 10, 2018
  • 2018-2b: October 1 – November 23, 2018
    Application deadline: September 20, 2018

  • Take a look at the summaries of business challenges presented by our corporate partners for the last round of competition.

  • If you think you can provide a good solution to a similar one apply here   .  This round’s challenges will be revealed a few weeks before the project start.
    • You can join individually, with your own team, or you can choose to be placed on an international team with other professionals.
    • If you participate individually or with your own team, if you complete the project you will receive an X-Culture Consulting certificate. If you choose to be placed on an international team, you will also receive a X-Culture training and Global Collaboration certificate.
  • Each competition participant will be required to submit a short weekly progress report. You will receive intermediate feedback on your work and tips for further improving your work.
  • There will be several live webinars with your client company, so you will be able to ask questions, receive feedback on your ideas, or request additional information if necessary.
  • Each report will be evaluated by a panel of experts and the client organization.
  • After the competition is over, you will receive your X-Culture certificate – and possibly the cash prize.

Ready to put your business skills and creativity to a test? Apply here   .