Call for young marketing minds to create a plan for Social Good; Are you one? Win a trip to Cannes!

So you are a rising marketing star in the corporate world; could your ideas change the lives of others?

Maybe you used to rock marketing competitions in High School and college, or maybe you just love watching “The Apprentice” and wish Donald would give you the task of using your creative mind to solve interesting marketing tasks. If you have the will to help create change, and the talent to beat the rest, you might just win a trip to the beautiful south of France!

Microsoft Advertising, in association with USA Today, launched the 2011 Young Marketers Competition where you and a teammate can work together to develop marketing strategy for non-profit Kiva.Kiva.Logo

So if you are under 30, work client-side, live in the US, and fancy supping espresso, while exchanging ideas to help a charity who helps others around the world, and would love learning from the top creatives and digital marketers on the Cote d’Azur… What are you waiting for?

It really is as easy as un, deux, trois!

1 - Register your team of two by 24th February 2011. Then, on February 25th, you will receive your challenge, which will consist of creating a marketing plan for, the world’s first micro-lending website for the working poor that empowers individuals to lend to an entrepreneur across the globe. Entries will be submitted online and judged by a panel of marketing professionals.

2 - Finalists will be selected and flown to Redmond, WA, for a full day at Microsoft. You’ll present your work, tour Microsoft HQ, visit the Home of the Future and meet with a Microsoft executive.

3 - One grand prize winning team will qualify to represent Team USA at the international Young Lions Competition at Cannes and compete against other teams from around the world.

Microsoft Advertising has sponsored the Cannes Lions for the last 8 years, not just because it’s one of the global advertising events of the year, but because it gives young people just these kinds of opportunities to have their work showcased, to learn and to shine.

So, if you’re eligible, check out our 2011 Young Marketers Cannes Lions Competition page and register. Then keep up-to-date with the latest on the competition by visiting us on our Facebook page.

Don’t miss this opportunity bathe in glory of helping others, and maybe the sunshine on France’s south coast.

Bonne chance!

Comments (5)

  1. Hi Shayaan,

    Thank you for expressing your thoughts. We are only in charge of selecting the US delegate to be sent to Cannes to compete. You can check with your local Cannes sponsor which we looked into and found to be, The Times of India, to find out how they are choosing their delegate. Contact information for the Times of India Cannes sponsor representative can be found here:…/index.cfm .

    We hope this helps, good luck!


    The Microsoft Citizenship Team

  2. Hi Raymie,

    The Cannes Lions Festival is open to all; the Young Lions program provides a unique opportunity for young professionals to engage in the event.

    If you are interested in participating at Cannes, there are other ways to do so. Please visit for details.



    The Microsoft Citizenship Team

  3. Shayaan Ahmad Noori says:

    Dear Admin,

    I am a resident of India and I do have a brilliant idea for non – profit and sustainibility. But thats sad you bard us to participate. Willing to join this, kindly guide.

  4. Raymie Connolly says:

    This is Ageist…and I take offense from it only being offered to the young…you'll hear from me again real soon…though not in a positive liking for your company.

  5. John says:

    Your post is so interesting and informative. I got a lot of useful and significant information. Thank you so much.

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