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Investment competition

Our flagship annual student event helping connect students with industry, gain practical experience and win a paid internship

Win a paid internship with a Future IM/Pact partner

The Future IM/Pact annual investment competition is a platform for gender-based teams of 2-4 university students to get hands-on experience solving and presenting investment challenges to leading investors. Not only do students get practical exposure to the types of complex problems analysts and portfolio managers solve daily, they also have the opportunity to win a paid internship with one of our incredible partner organisations.

Proudly supported by UNIT, this is your opportunity to gain invaluable exposure to the investment management industry and its leaders who are actively looking for bright university students to join their teams. We receive hundreds of applications, and our partners are always impressed with the calibre of our participants, with several partners extending internships to finalists following our 2023 competition.

Why you should participate

  • Win paid internships with our partners
  • Meet and build connections with industry leaders who are actively looking for talent
  • Challenge yourself with real life cases designed by investment analysts and portfolio managers
  • Hone your communication and presentation skills
  • Bolster your CV so you stand out when applying for roles

2023 finalists and winning team

The 2023 Investment Competition was our biggest yet, with over 330 people registered and 20 partner firms taking part. Following a round of virtual heats, five teams were chosen to attend our competition final in Sydney. Teams presented their case studies to a panel of industry judges, for the chance to win one of the following prizes:

  • 2 x 6-week paid internship with QIC (Brisbane)
  • 1 x 3-month paid internship with VFMC (Melbourne)
  • 1 x 3-month paid internship with TCorp (Sydney)
  • 1 x 3-month paid internship with Schroders (Sydney)
  • 2 x 4-week paid internships with Cbus Super (Melbourne)
  • 1 x 6-week paid internship with Mercer (Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne)
  • 1 x 4-week paid winter internship with Munro Partners (Melbourne)
  • 1 x shortlist for summer internship with Platinum Asset Management (Sydney)

Our judging panel was blown away by the analysis and insight presented by the final teams, awarding NSW team Headliner Capital the top prize. Congratulations to Headliner team members Nathan Yuan, Eva Lin, Ella Fu and Ashwin Rao

Meet the competition judges

ali parker
Ali Parker

Head of Investment Advisory,


awais khan
Awais Khan

Investment Manager,

TDM Growth Partners

clay smolinski
Clay Smolinski

Co-Chief Investment Officer & Co-Portfolio Manager of International Fund,

Platinum Asset Management

daniel zhang
Daniel Zhang

Investment Analyst,


hamish corlett
Hamish Corlett


TDM Growth Partners

james murray
James Murray

Head of Real Assets & Private Markets,


john woods
John Woods

Deputy Chief Investment Officer,

Australian Ethical Investment

katie hill
Katie Hill

Senior Fixed Income Strategist,


lillian lin
Lillian Lin

Private Equity - Lead Portfolio Analyst,

Aware Super

lou capparelli
Lou Capparelli

Head of ESG,


luke mcnally
Luke McNally

Investment Analyst,


lynda tait
Lynda Tait

Specialist, Implementation Change and Management,

Cbus Super Fund

murray keir
Murray Keir

Head of Systematic Equity, Global Portfolio Manager,

Aware Super

Nishita Merchant

Manager, Real Assets,


pierce anderson
Pierce Anderson



robert banks
Robert Banks

Investment Associate,


sean de chastel
Sean de Chastel

Associate Strategist, State Investments,


shali lingaretnam
Shali Lingaretnam

Head of Investment Stewardship,


sophia crtoker
Sophia Croker

Investment Manager,

TDM Growth Partners

therdsak (tk) tangkuampien
Therdsak Tangkuampien

Research Manager,


2023 competition finals event

Participating in the Investment Competition was one of the best career decisions I have made so far, and a fantastic opportunity to get insight into the work of an investment analyst.

Featured resources

Meet Jeff Xiong, one half of the winning 2022 Investment Competition team and a great supporter of Future IM/Pact.
Meet Lily Sullivan, a bright and proactive student chasing her investing dreams. Lily shares how Future IM/Pact’s Top Talent Group and Investment Competition programs have supported and helped guide her career journey so far.
Meet Stephanie Liow, a rising investment superstar and one half of the winning 2022 Investment Competition team.

Judging the Future IM/Pact Investment Competition was a great way to learn from as well as give feedback to the students that may help them have a long, successful career in investment management.

Winning the Investment Competition helped kickstart my career. The internship prize bolstered my CV, and I was able to secure multiple internships afterwards as a result. I’m not sure how I would have done it without Future IM/Pact!

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