ESCP Energy Trading Challenge 2020

2020: What does the future hold for oil & gas markets?

Provision of affordable energy has a significant impact on the advancement and growth of societies around the globe. Steady competition for safe, environmentally conscious, and affordable sources makes energy trading an increasingly complex challenge. However, this sector provides great opportunities for young talent looking to make a real impact on one of the world’s largest and most dynamic industries.

Calling the world's top students

The Energy Trading Challenge is a competitive team event open to talented students from the world’s best universities organised by MSc in Energy Management (MEM) students, in collaboration with Smart Global, ESCP Business School, and its Energy Management Centre (EMC). Participants will explore trading challenges and execute responsible investment strategies.

When: 28 & 29 February
Location: ESCP London Campus

Taste the industry 

Why attend?

  • Two days of professionally-crafted trading scenarios representing two full months in the Energy industry
  • State-of-the-art, real-time, web-based trading simulator, including market grid, deal entry, position keeping via a professional exposure sheet, news feed and charting
  • Representatives from major Trading Houses and Energy Companies in attendance
  • Professional traders providing insight sessions throughout the challenge, including trading concepts and techniques
  • Prize-giving ceremony at the end of the second day
  • Entry open to current university students
  • No entry fee
  • Winning team will have the opportunity to interview with a leading Energy trading firm
  • Twelve-week internship with Glencore to be offered to one member of the winning team (6 weeks in Risk, 6 weeks in Analytics). Subject to interview.
  • Attend our energy trading roundtable held in tandem with the event


Friday, 28 February

10.30– 11.15

Arrival & Team Registration

11.15 – 11.45

Welcome Speech:

Prof. Dr Simon Mercado, UK Director at ESCP Business School
Prof. Kostas Andriosopoulos, Director, EMC at ESCP Business School
Simulation Introduction: Luke Horswell, Director, Smart Global

11.45 – 17.45

Energy Trading Challenge Day 1

18.00 - 20.00

Industry Round Table: “2020: What does the future hold for oil & gas markets?”

20.00 - 21.00

Drinks and Networking Reception

Industry Round Table: Full programme and speakers list are available here.      

Saturday, 29 February

09.30 – 10.00

Arrival for Day 2

10.15 – 10.45

Review Session and Q&A

11.00 – 17.00

Energy Trading Challenge Day 2

17.15 -17.45

Prize Giving Ceremony

What's the best strategy?

Will you trade as a group or assign team members to specific products? Will you trade outrights or will you trade spreads? How will you manage your limits and coordinate your risk-taking? It’s all up to you!

What do you need to participate?

  • At least one person on your team* will need a laptop capable of connecting to a Wi-Fi network
  • Our trading system has been built to work on any modern HTML5 web-browser and has been tested on the latest versions of the following browsers: Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Opera

How to register

You have until the end of the 8th of February 2020 to register your team!

To register all you need are the names of each of your team members and the email of the captain.

Please note, due to the overwhelming popularity of the competition last year we are limiting registrations to two teams per university campus. These will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional registrations will be placed on a reserve list and will be considered on a case by case basis depending on available space at ESCP Business School.

Registrations are now open. To register your team click here.

Sponsored by:

Glencore is one of the world’s largest global diversified natural resource companies and a major producer and marketer of more than 90 commodities, with 90 offices in over 50 countries.

The Group’s oil business is predominantly based in the heart of the London’s West End, New York and Singapore. Key commodities include crude oil and oil products.

We have been involved in the marketing of oil since our business began in 1974. Today, in addition to trading oil products, our oil business, together with our partners, is investing in and developing oil production facilities.

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