McKinsey Venture Academy

Will you be a force for social change?

The McKinsey Venture Academy (MVA) is a social venture competition open to all university students based in the United Kingdom and Ireland. MVA is an exciting opportunity to pitch your socially focused venture idea for the chance to receive up to £10,000 in seed funding and ongoing consulting support from McKinsey. Tap into your creativity: all ideas, regardless of their stage of development, are welcome. We're looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

Applications for McKinsey Venture Academy 2021 are now closed.

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Program Details


  • November 30, 2020: Round 1 applications open
  • January 18, 2021: Round 1 applications close
  • Mid-February, 2021: Round 1 winners announced
  • April, 2021: Round 2 submissions
  • 11th June, 2021: Final – winners announced

For the full details about each round, please review our application process.


• Each team must consist of between two to eight participants

• Each submission must exist as an enterprise and must provide some form of positive social impact.

• At least 50 percent of your team must be enrolled as students in a full-time degree-granting programme at any accredited university in the UK or Ireland

For full eligibility requirements, please see the FAQ section below.

Application process

Find out more about important dates, what is involved in each stage of the application process, and how to apply. 

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