Time to shine: Konica Minolta launches International University Contest

| 12 February 2019

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe (Konica Minolta) has launched its third International University Contest. The contest gives a unique opportunity for students from around the world to engage in an innovative international cooperation between the worlds of academia and business. The initiative is part of Konica Minolta’s support for tertiary education institutions seeking to transform their organisations through the creation of more competitive, efficient digital campuses that deliver an enhanced quality of service. The competition is open to entries from 1 March.

The Konica Minolta International University Contest provides teams of students with the opportunity to collaborate with Konica Minolta to analyse document and information workflows at their institutions and propose practical solutions to enhance life on campus and simplify administration.

Prizes will be awarded to the best proposals at first a national level and then at an international level to select the overall winner. Submissions will be assessed according to their depth of analysis, feasibility at a local level and degree of innovation. The juries will include leading experts from academia and business, including Konica Minolta’s national and international management teams. The best national teams win a 3-day trip to Amsterdam in September 2020 to present their proposals at the International Awards Ceremony at the Konica Minolta European Experience Centre. The international prize is awarded to the best team overall, who will win a 4-day trip to New York, including a visit to Konica Minolta’s US headquarters in New Jersey.

Time to shine on a world stage

The Konica Minolta International University Contest provides students with a unique opportunity to meet with and compete against their peers from around the world. During the 2017–18 contest, 33 teams from 17 universities and 5 countries participated. For further information about the Konica Minolta International University Contest and details of how to enter, please visit: https://iuc.konicaminolta.eu. 


About Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH, based in Langenhagen, Germany, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Konica Minolta Inc., Tokyo, Japan. With its unique expertise in imaging, data processing and data-based decision making, Konica Minolta creates relevant solutions for its customers - small and medium-sized businesses, large enterprises and public sector - and solves issues faced by society.

As a digital workplace solution provider, Konica Minolta helps its clients to identify and unlock the potential digitalisation holds and reach the next level in the digital maturity of their organisation by rethinking the workplace. In support of an ‘Intelligent connected workplace’, Konica Minolta offers cloud, IT, managed print and video solution services for remote working, collaboration, workflow management and automation and security. The company’s success in driving transformation is also confirmed by IDC, since the ‘IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Print Transformation 2023 Vendor Assessment’ has named Konica Minolta a “Leader” in print transformation. Konica Minolta has been a Microsoft Global Managed Partner since 2021.

Konica Minolta's Igniting Print Possibilities offering helps printers, converters and brand owners maximise workflow automation to increase efficiency. The company delivers consultancy in all communication matters as well as top-of-the-line production, packaging as well as label printers. Its finishing devices create print products that stand out and create added value. Konica Minolta has established itself as the production printing market leader for more than a decade in Europe (InfoSource).

For an increasing number of organisations, success today is more than the narrow definition of financial prosperity – it also includes protecting the environment and having a positive impact on their workforce as well as the societies they are embedded in. With its commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Konica Minolta has pledged to consistently pursue its sustainability and social responsibility goals.

The company has been repeatedly recognised for its rich history of social contribution as well as for working towards achieving the SDGs throughout its business and supply chain. Konica Minolta received a GOLD Level Recognition Medal in the EcoVadis sustainability ratings for 2023.

For its remote services, Konica Minolta was awarded the prestigious ‘Buyers Lab (BLI) 2023-2024 Pacesetter Award in Remote Service for the Western European market’ from Keypoint Intelligence.

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe is represented by subsidiaries and distributors in more than 80 countries in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. With more than 8,700 employees (as of April 2023), Konica Minolta Europe earned net sales of over EUR 2.26 billion in financial year 2022/2023.

Worldwide, the company has over 39,000 employees and is operating in over 150 countries.

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