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Henkel Innovation Challenge

The Henkel Innovation Challenge is an international student competition, which has been successfully held for the first time in 2008.

Teams of 2-3 students from all around the world take on the role of a creative business development managers. In line with our motto “Create. Learn. Grow” and with support of Henkel business managers as mentors, students develop an innovative concept for a Henkel brand or technology for 2050.

The best teams of up to 30 participating countries are invited to a national semi-final in their country or region, where they present their creative ideas to a jury of Henkel managers. The winners of the national finals will take part in the competition’s big international final in one of our regional headquarters.

The top three teams can look forward to great rewards, such as attend a personal meeting with the Henkel CEO, monetary travel vouchers or exciting career opportunities.

After a creative break, the next Henkel Innovation Challenge will start with a new more digitized concept with its promotion phase in autumn 2017. Students will have to submit their concept until end of December 2017. The semi-finals will take place during spring time 2018 and the big international final in May 2018.

Impressions from previous competitions



Henkel Innovation Challenge 8 – International Final in Vienna

 From 8 – 10 April 2015, 23 top international teams of students participated in the Henkel Innovation Challenge 8 International Final. The teams presented their innovative ideas to the jury over the three exciting and challenging days in Vienna, Austria.




The Henkel Innovation Challenge

Create an innovative concept, be coached by Henkel managers, compete with students around the world, learn about sustainability, and bring your creative and strategic management skills to the next level. A once in a lifetime learning experience for students from all around the globe.


"The Henkel Innovation Challenge was a fantastic experience for both of us. Without exaggerating: It changed our life because it opened the door to our professional future."

Marco Cheung & Vincy Sun, winners of the 5. Henkel Innovation Challenge

"In the end all the participating students were winners. Because they all gathered deep business experience and they got to know managers from an international company."

Jean Baptiste Santoul, Laundry & Home Care – Mentor of the Henkel Innovation Challenge

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The Henkel Innovation Challenge on the web

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