Join a Case Competition and kick-start your career

Still studying but eager to kickstart your career? Join Novo Nordisk’s case competition and use it as a shortcut to a life-changing career. 

Show your talent and bring your ideas to life at Novo Nordisk’s annual case competition ‘Innovation in Action’. It is a 1-day workshop for Master’s students from all academic backgrounds. In groups of 5-7 students with a variety of backgrounds you and your group will work together to find an innovative solution to a real business challenge Novo Nordisk is facing. Ultimately, you will present your idea to a jury panel of senior managers and specialists from Novo Nordisk, a patient and an academic professor.  

This Case competition has been a way into Novo Nordisk for many students:


Novo Nordisk hosts this case competition because we would like to engage with the best students. We use it is as a possible recruitment platform and one of the aims is to introduce participating students to a possible career in Novo Nordisk. It could be a student job, an internships, the 2 year Graduate Programme or another entry level position.

7 reasons why joining a case competition kick-starts your career 

  • A unique networking experience
  • An opportunity to feel the workplace atmosphere
  • Insights into the companies' business challenges
  • A chance to make an impact and create a change
  • Develop and practice your case solving skills
  • A confidence boost
  • Have fun and broaden your horizon

The winning team will be offered “A day with Novo Nordisk” and a screening interview with assessment feedback. This is a great way to build relations with employees at Novo Nordisk and get a feeling about “How it’s really like to have a life-changing career!” 

Get insights to the latest Case Competition:


2019 case: Motivating patients through innovation

For over 95 years, Novo Nordisk has been proud to be making leading medicines within diabetes, obesity and other chronic serious diseases. However, unfortunately many patients still do not treat to target or achieve their desired health outcomes. Going beyond the product is a must in order to ensure that people living with diabetes, obesity and other serious chronic diseases receive the right support to achieve better outcomes. Patient motivation is key!

But what drives motivation when it comes to adhering to your treatment plan? We know patient support programmes and self-educational initiatives drive motivation and better treatment adherence, but there is still a gap. In this year’s case we asked the students: Help us bridge the gap by showcasing innovative solutions that focus on the unmet needs of the patient, to motivate them to stay on their treatment and succeed with their disease management.

In 2019 ‘Innovation in Action’ took place on October 4th where we welcomed 49 students from 29 nationalities and 37 study lines including Global Health, Innovation in Healthcare, Psychology, Engineering, Molecular Biology, Anthropology, Bioinformatics, Pharmaceutical Science and Medicine. The next ‘Innovation in Action’ case competition will take place in October 2020.

Innovation in Action 2019 facts

Who can apply?

To apply for participation in Novo Nordisk’s Innovation in Action case competition you must be enrolled in a Master's programme and have a valid student ID. All academic backgrounds, specialisations, nationalities and universities are accepted.

To be selected you must demonstrate that you have a creative and innovative mind-set. This should be done by sending your CV and a short motivation letter describing: 

“What is your contribution to this year’s challenge at Innovation in Action?”

In short we are looking for:

• Enrolled Master's students from all academic backgrounds

• Talented, innovative mind-sets eager to solve our challenge

• Team-players

Previous Events

Curious to learn more about what it is like participating in Novo Nordisk Innovation in Action?

Check out some of the videos from previous Novo Nordisk Innovation in Action events.

2018 - Developing a Digital Health concept to improve patient outcome


2017 - Children with Type 1 Diabetes


2016 - Cities Changing Diabetes


Innovation in Action is a unique networking opportunity


The students work in diverse teams to come up with innovative solutions to a real life business challenge



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