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FAQ

1. What is the SKEMA United challenge?

SKEMA United is a fitness challenge in the spirit of solidarity:
> Solidarity because, before they can participate in the challenge, each team has to first raise a minimum of €300 to fund the school’s major projects.
> Fitness challenge because, over a period of four weeks from 27 September to 24 October 2021, it will involve each team accumulating as many points as possible on the SPART app by exercising. You don’t need to be a high-level athlete to take part in the challenge, as SKEMA United is primarily about getting active for a great cause!
 

2. Is there a fee to participate in the challenge?

Whatever your status (alumni, student, employee or partner), your participation in the challenge isfree. However, each team’s participation is subject to them raising a minimum of €300. This sum can be raised by a single team member, by several team members, or even by people who are not part of the team! In practice, this means that when you set up or join a team, you have the choice to either contribute to the fundraiser personally by making a donation yourself, or you can simply ask the people in your personal and professional circles to support you in your endeavour.
> If you are an alumnus/alumna, you can donate money yourself and/or you can ask your former classmates and professors or your colleagues to back you.
> If you are a student, you can also donate money yourself, but you’ll likely want to ask your parents, siblings, friends, the baker up the street, or the company where you’re interning to donate.
> If you are an employee, you can donate money yourself, ask your friends and loved ones, or ask the companies with which you have dealings.
 

3. Who can I have on my team?

There are no hard and fast rules about team composition. Teams can be made up of a single category (alumni, students, employees or partners), or they can be a mix of different categories, which is a great way to expand your network. You have two possibilities:
> You already know who you want on your team. In this case, set up your fundraising page, invite your team mates to join it, raise the required €300 minimum, and you’ll get access to the challenge!
> If you don’t know who to team up with, you have two options: you can either join an existing team that is still taking members, or you can set up your own team and we will add participants to it.
 

4. Is there a size limit to the teams?

Yes. You can’t have more than ten members on a same team.
 

5. Are the donations tax deductible?

Because SKEMA is a non-profit organisation with French EESPIG status, all donations we receive are tax-deductible in France.
> Private individuals: 66% of your donation is deductible from your French income tax (impôt sur le revenu) to a maximum of 20% of your taxable income.
> Companies: 60% of your donation is deductible from your French corporation tax (impôt sur les sociétés), to a maximum of 0.5  of the company’s turnover before VAT.
For example, a €100 donation will cost the donor (private individual) only €34 after the 66% incometax deduction. As things stand currently, only donations made by French tax residents are tax deductible.
 

6. Is there a minimum donation amount?

No, however, tax receipts will only be issued for donations over €30. Below this amount, the administration costs absorb the amount of the donation.
 

7. What will you do with the money raised?

The money raised will improve the school’s sports facilities in Lille, Sophia Antipolis and Suresnes, and support our students via our scholarship programme. When making their donation, each donor will be able to indicate which of these two options they would like their money to go to.
 

8. What sports can you track in the SPART app?

The SPART app tracks kilometres covered by walking, running and cycling. You can also manually add other physical activities to the app to accumulate extra points.
 

9. Is the SPART app compatible with other fitness tracking apps?

The SPART app tracks your kilometres cycled and walked via third-party applications. For other activities, SPART is stand-alone thanks to its “record” button.
> To track the number of kilometres you walk, SPART needs to be synced to Apple Health (for iPhone users) or Google Fit (for Android users). Log in to your profile to connect SPART to one of these apps! You’ll only need to do this once. Once it’s done, your data will be sent to the SPART app automatically, in real time. Every km will then be converted to XP points!
> To track the number of km you cycle, SPART uses the STRAVA app. All you need is a free account. You’ll need to set this up through your SPART profile when you first log in. Once the two apps have been synchronised, the data will feed through automatically.
 

10. How is my personal information handled in the app?

When collecting and handling users’ personal data, SPART undertakes to respect user privacy and comply with EU regulation 2016/679 of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (GDPR), as well as with French law n°78-17 of 6 January 1978 pertaining to data processing, data files, and individual liberties.
 

11. Is there anything to win during the challenge?

Yes! There will be lots of prizes donated by our partners up for grabs, to reward your efforts and your positive attitude! We will be rewarding teams and individuals alike. Prizes will be given out based on different criteria relating to physical activity and fund raising. Winners will be announced and prizes given out at a hybrid (in-person and virtual) closing event to be held at the end of October.
 

12. Who are the SKEMA United ambassadors?

SKEMA United is backed by 6 sports ambassadors who believe in the human endeavour championed by SKEMA. You will meet them via short videos as the challenge unfolds. To find out who they are and learn more about them, visit HERE.