Strategy& Blockchain Business Course 2018, Barcelona

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Location: Barcelona, Spain
Date: November 28 - 30, 2018
Application deadline: October 17th, 2018

We would like to invite you to our new business course: 'Unchain Your Potential'. Together with ~20 other participants you will embark on a unique adventure in Barcelona. In Barcelona we will dive into the digital technology that has the potential to profoundly disrupt many industries - Blockchain. Over a period of three days, we will analyze the opportunities and risks and find answers to our client's strategic questions. During this period, you will get an excellent opportunity to experience what it is to be a Strategy Consultant at Strategy& and explore one of the most vibrant cities of Europe. Join our Business Course and Unchain your Potential.


  • Wednesday 28 November
  • Thursday 29 November
  • Friday 30 November

Today you will experience what it is to be a Strategy Consultant while you are introduced to the exciting world of Blockchain! We will fly to Barcelona in the early morning, teach you how to adopt our "Hypothesis Driven Approach" to problem solving, walk through Blockchain's basics and discuss how Blockchain is driving fundamental change in different industries around the globe.

Afterwards we will go for a relaxing dinner and you will have the opportunity to explore lovely Barcelona and have dinner in an authentic place outside the touristy areas!


Armed with the Strategy Consulting and Blockchain knowledge acquired on the first day, you will start cracking the case we have drafted for you based on our real-life engagement. Together with your team you will deal with the typical challenges a consultant is exposed to on a daily basis: breaking down a complex and ambiguous problem into its components, formulating initial hypotheses, analyzing data and synthesizing an initial view on potential ways forward.


We will take the morning flight back to Amsterdam and finalize the case work in our Amsterdam office. Each group will present their findings to our Executive Board, which is made up of those people that ask the most difficult questions. Afterwards, we will celebrate your successful delivery with dinner and drinks in the city center of Amsterdam together with many of our colleagues.

Crack our Blockchain case and explore Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the world's leading tourist, economic, trade fair and cultural centres, and its influence in commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the most epic cities in the world!

You will play an active, leading role and experiment instead of observe in order to grasp the basic idea behind Blockchain and how the technology works.

In teams, we will develop trend-setting strategies around the topic, and give you the opportunity to develop and prove your analytical skills over the period of three days. Work with us to analyze this digital megatrend and develop a future-proof blockchain strategy.

Throughout the Business Course, you will be coached by our experienced consultants. Our coaching is focused on contributing to your personal development via numerous feedback sessions, enabling you to become familiar with our approach and working style and taking time to learn about the day-to-day responsibilities and challenges in the life of a consultant.

Explore the emerging tech hub, Barcelona

Selection process

Selection process

You can apply directly by uploading your resume, high school grades and university grades here. The application deadline is Wednesday 17 October 2018 at 23:59 hrs.

We will inform you on 19 October as to whether or not you have been selected for the interview round. We will send instructions to all interviewees on how to best prepare for the two case interviews.

The case interviews will take place in week of:

  • 22 October
  • 29 October
  • 5 November

Participants who are successful in securing a business course position will be informed personally before 9 November 2018.

Questions about ‘ Unchain your Potential’ Business Course


What does our business course ‘Unchain Your Potential’ offer you? Insights into the work of a strategy consultant

  • Teamwork with other students as well as Strategy& consultants in the context of the cases and presentation of the results.
  • The chance to qualify for a ‘fast-track’ recruitment process for an Associate or Intern position (question 4).
  • A personal mentor who will provide you with feedback and answer all your questions about the entry process and development opportunities at Strategy&
  • Opportunity to interact with other highly qualified students from all over the Netherlands
  • Blockchain knowledge and its application to strategic issues
  • And last but not least: experience Barcelona

How does the application work?

You can submit your application via our online tool. Please note that after the 17 October 2018 deadline, we can no longer accept applications. Please provide the following documents in English as part of your application:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of grades from High School, Bachelor and Master’s degree

Do I need special skills or a specific background to attend the 'Unchain your Potential' Business Course?

We are looking for talented Master’s students in the final stage of their studies from all academic backgrounds and universities. No specific background or expertise is needed to attend 'Unchain your Potential' Business Course. What counts is your intellectual curiosity and interest in strategy consulting. A firm grasp of the Dutch language is required.

What are the next steps after participation in 'Unchain your Potential' Business Course?

  • Internship position: The process consists of 1 round with 3 case interviews in total (instead of 4 case interviews). All case interviews will take place on the same day and you will be informed of the outcome and receive final feedback at the end of the day.
  • Associate position: The process consists of 2 rounds with 4 case interviews in total (instead of 6 case interviews). All case interviews will take place on the same day and you will be informed of the outcome and receive final feedback at the end of the day.

How can I get in touch with the recruitment team for additional questions?

If you have any questions, please contact our recruiter Francesca Heukensfeldt Jansen via Like our Facebook-page and stay informed about the latest news on Strategy& and this Business Course.

The ‘Unchain your Potential’ team

Ernst Salet


Background: MBA at Columbia Business School, Econometrics at Erasmus University Rotterdam and Law & Economics at EMLE

Ernst Salet
Harman Korte

Senior Associate

Background: Econometrics at University of Amsterdam

Harman Korte
Brecht Gijsbertsen

Senior Associate

Background: Business Economics at Utrecht University and International Management at RSM Erasmus University

Brecht Gijsbertsen
Friso Blankenspoor


Background: Quantitative Finance at Bocconi University Milan and Econometrics at University of Amsterdam

Friso Blankenspoor
Constantijn Sa


Background: Aerospace Engineering at TU Delft

Constantijn Sa
Marieke Vollebregt


Background: Econometrics at University of Groningen and at University of Amsterdam

Marieke Vollebregt
Francesca Heukensfeldt Jansen


Background: Marketing & Communication at New School of Information Services Amsterdam

Francesca Heukensfeldt Jansen