The mission of the SDG-Challenge is to connect and mobilize students and organisations to work together on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations (UN). These goals are set to combat climate change and to reduce the inequalities in the world.
Teams from the sixteen Dutch universities as well as City, University of London, team up with a leading company to work together on a SDG-Challenge of the company.
The organisation of the SDG-Challenge developed a special “pressure-cooker”, so that the teams will come up with tangible and actionable ideas that will contribute to the SDGs.
During the final at Paleis Soestdijk, all teams present their solutions in front of a professional jury. The team with the biggest potential impact wins!
SDG-Challenge University is a platform of Soapbox and aims to trigger students to pursue a career in making the world more future-proof and to make organisations use the solutions to “sustainalize” their business.
Here they are: the business partners that aim at making impact with students during our Spring edition of the SDG-Challenge 2023!
Click on the partner + university logo to find our more about the company and their challenge. Want to know which organisations teamed up with which university team during the last edition of the SDG-Challenge? Curious about the challenge they worked on as well as the solution they came up with? Swipe right to find out
“SDG-Challenge University” connects motivated Bachelor’s and Master’s students to business partners with an eye for sustainability to work together on the SDGs.
January - 20th of March '23
11th - 26th of April '23
1st of June '23
Folkert Van der Molen
Founder Van der Molen E.I.S, Founder Nationaal Sustainability Congres (NSC)
Policy Officer Energy Conservation at Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy
Mena Leila Kilani
Senior Project Manager at SDG Nederland
Sustainable Investments at PGGM, Part of the UNGC SDG Young Leaders Network
Founder MissionC, Sustainability Expert at European Commission
Throughout the challenge, the teams are encouraged to develop their ideas into realistic well-founded solutions with a goal of creating a better future. Integrated elements in the final evaluation will be: short and long term impact on the SDGs, innovativeness and originality, sustainability, technical feasibility, scalability and economical viability.
Dutch SDG Coordinator - Ministry of Foreign Affairs
SDG Young Leaders Network
Lead Ecosystems Circular Economy | ABN Amro
“COLLABORATION IS ESSENTIAL IF WE WANT TO MAKE THE TRANSITION TO A MORE JUST AND SUSTAINABLE WORLD.”- Sandra Pellegrom, head of the jury