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Invent a New Future Challenge

Latin America Edition 2019

An unforgettable opportunity.

Compete with other bright minds across Latin America!!

Every day, curiosity and wonder drive discovery and problem solving at 3M. It's the powerful combination of curiosity, passion and purpose that help us to apply science in unexpected ways that change the world for the better. There is no ordinary thinking at 3M, and we want to reward the extraordinary thinking of college and graduate students around Latin America, that can help us through this journey of "what if" and "what else" to invent a new future.


If you decide to embark on this journey, you will compete with talented students across Latin America in a real 3M case competition.


You'll start the challenge putting your abilities to the test and submiting a video telling us why you want to be part of this experience.

If selected for the first round, you will compete with talented students in your home country to solve a real 3M case. The top finalists will be flown to Costa Rica in July 2019 for the Latin America case competition finals at the Global Service Center in San José, Costa Rica. The final winners will have serious bragging rights and a six-month mentorship with a 3M senior leader, and all participants will gain an unforgettable experience!"


Please view the Rules of Participation.


Registration available
from January to March, 2019.

Register
Select your country and participate!

Panama (*) and Dominican Republic will compete in one competition under "Central America and Caribbean (CAC)"

Testimonials

Learn what our past participants have shared about their experience.

Isabela

Brazil

Invent a New Future Challenge 2018

"Participating in the INF and getting to know so much about 3M's culture was a great achievement. The challenge gave me the opportunity to exercise various professional skills, including analytical skills, decision making, teamwork and collaboration. But more than that, I learned a lot from the humility of so many executives who allowed us to bring a new vision to their daily contexts. The organization was great from start to finish, and I'm sure I'll take the learning to my life!"
"Participating in the INF and getting to know so much about 3M's culture was a great achievement. The challenge gave me the opportunity to exercise various professional skills, including analytical skills, decision making, teamwork and collaboration. But more than that, I learned a lot from the humility of so many executives who allowed us to bring a new vision to their daily contexts. The organization was great from start to finish, and I'm sure I'll take the learning to my life!"

Tomás

Colombia

Invent a New Future Challenge 2018

"INF Challenge 2018 was for me, a rich and unique experience in which I learned and understood how 3M, one of the most innovative companies in the world, is preparing to face the challenges of tomorrow, it made me understand the importance of innovation and the key role that people have inside the organization. INF allowed me to know people from different cultures and countries and it was a little overview of what the future holds for the leaders of tomorrow and how we can make change happen in our families, companies, cities and countries with innovation."
"INF Challenge 2018 was for me, a rich and unique experience in which I learned and understood how 3M, one of the most innovative companies in the world, is preparing to face the challenges of tomorrow, it made me understand the importance of innovation and the key role that people have inside the organization. INF allowed me to know people from different cultures and countries and it was a little overview of what the future holds for the leaders of tomorrow and how we can make change happen in our families, companies, cities and countries with innovation."

Rodrigo

Mexico

Invent a New Future Challenge 2018

"If you wonder what real internal challenges is 3M facing at a global scale and how you could help tackle them with the perspective, skills, personality and passion that makes you unique, this is an experience you wouldn’t want to miss. In a nutshell, the INFC is a celebration of your talent, a test of your leadership skills, and an opportunity to make life-time friendships with outstanding leaders. It is fascinating to work with the remarkable individuals that are handpicked to be your peers. I had a lot of fun and I’m grateful for the opportunity I was given to take part of the INFC 2018."
"If you wonder what real internal challenges is 3M facing at a global scale and how you could help tackle them with the perspective, skills, personality and passion that makes you unique, this is an experience you wouldn’t want to miss. In a nutshell, the INFC is a celebration of your talent, a test of your leadership skills, and an opportunity to make life-time friendships with outstanding leaders. It is fascinating to work with the remarkable individuals that are handpicked to be your peers. I had a lot of fun and I’m grateful for the opportunity I was given to take part of the INFC 2018."

Carolina

Mexico

Invent a New Future Challenge 2018

"3M, through the INF Challenge, gives you an opportunity to get to know more about the company and about yourself. Participate in the INF 2018 has been one of the most incredible experiences of my life. You have the chance to develop an idea surrounded by very talented people of different cultures, careers, abilities and points of view with the mission to bring in more innovation."
"3M, through the INF Challenge, gives you an opportunity to get to know more about the company and about yourself. Participate in the INF 2018 has been one of the most incredible experiences of my life. You have the chance to develop an idea surrounded by very talented people of different cultures, careers, abilities and points of view with the mission to bring in more innovation."

Karan

Panama

Invent a New Future Challenge 2018

"During my participation in the INF Challenge 2018, I have met students from around the world with different cultures, engaged and networked with 3M's top leaders. This challenge was a unique life-changing experience for me, which I was able to learn deeper about the company, exchange experiences with different people, and develop professional skills throughout the challenge. To solve the business case, working together as a multidisciplinary team and integrating everyone's extraordinary ideas is a major key to success. The INF Challenge is the best competition for students to create innovative ideas and solutions."
"During my participation in the INF Challenge 2018, I have met students from around the world with different cultures, engaged and networked with 3M's top leaders. This challenge was a unique life-changing experience for me, which I was able to learn deeper about the company, exchange experiences with different people, and develop professional skills throughout the challenge. To solve the business case, working together as a multidisciplinary team and integrating everyone's extraordinary ideas is a major key to success. The INF Challenge is the best competition for students to create innovative ideas and solutions."

Pamela

Guatemala

Invent a New Future Challenge 2018

"The INF Challenge was an experience that changed my life. I learned a lot about 3M's philosophy, its processes and objectives in search of innovation and young talent. In the final round in San Luis Potosí, I learned the importance of well-run corporations with social and environmental responsibility. I encourage all young people in Latin America to participate in this incredible event not only to grow professionally but also to have the opportunity to meet students from other parts of the world, meet the incredible 3M members who are professionals with years of experience that make the INF one of the best contests for Latin American students."
"The INF Challenge was an experience that changed my life. I learned a lot about 3M's philosophy, its processes and objectives in search of innovation and young talent. In the final round in San Luis Potosí, I learned the importance of well-run corporations with social and environmental responsibility. I encourage all young people in Latin America to participate in this incredible event not only to grow professionally but also to have the opportunity to meet students from other parts of the world, meet the incredible 3M members who are professionals with years of experience that make the INF one of the best contests for Latin American students."

Timeline

FAQ

  • Is the INF Challenge website the only way to apply? Can I also apply through email/Facebook/Twitter?
    Yes, all applications are accepted through www.3M.com/INF2019 only.
  • Who should register for the INF Challenge?
    The Invent a New Future Challenge is open to students in the final year of their undergraduate degree or those pursuing an advanced degree (i.e. Masters, MBA, PhD, etc.) who are interested in the chance to compete against peers from across Latin America in a unique and fun business case competition. Students pursuing degrees in business administration, marketing, communication, sales, supply chain/logistics, engineering, science, and/or technology are encouraged to register.
  • Can we choose our own team members and participate in the challenge together?
    Once you have been selected as a participant in the INF Challenge, 3M will place you on a team for round one. If selected for round 2 (the finals) you will win a trip to 3M Costa Rica where you will be assigned to a regional team composed of other winning members from participating countries. There you will compete against other teams for the grand prize of a six month mentorship with a senior 3M leader and serious bragging rights!
  • Why should I get involved?
    You have invested considerable time and commitment to your academic studies, now is your opportunity to put it to a real world test. Compete against peers across Latin America in a unique business real case challenge that tests your problem solving, leadership and teamwork skills while helping you gain valuable insights and experience. You also benefit by building your professional and social network and will gain exposure to senior leaders that does not come readily early in a typical career. Additionally, you could win a trip to the finals to the 3M in San José, Costa Rica and a mentorship with a 3M senior leader for six months. Now is your time!
  • If Selected for the INF Challenge finals in Costa Rica, will my travel expenses be covered by 3M?
    Yes, your travel and accommodation costs will be covered by 3M. If you are already based in Costa Rica, your in-country travel expenses to 3M San José will be covered and also accomodation.
  • What are the overall rules and regulations for the INF Challenge?
    The INF Challenge rules can be viewed here.
  • What is the timeline for the INF Challenge? 
    There are 4 stages in the process. The stages occur within the following dates:
    Application – January – March, 2019
    Selection – March – May, 2019
    First round – April – June, 2019
    Final round – July, 2019
  • Who do I contact if I have questions about my registration or consideration?
    By clicking on the “Contact” option on the home page of www.3M.com/INF2019 you can submit your question and a team member will follow up with you shortly.

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