SDG-Challenge University

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.

Sixteen teams of the sixteen Dutch universities 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.

Apply Now

Business partners & university teams

Here they are: the business partners that aim at making impact with students during our Autumn edition of the SDG-Challenge!

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 Spring edition of the SDG-Challenge? Curious about the challenge they worked on as well as the solution they came up with? Swipe right and find out!

Selection of previous partners

SDG-Challenge University Map


How it works

“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.

1. Registration phase
May - September 20th 2021

  • Selection of business partners
  • Business partners choose university teams
  • Recruitment & selection of university teams

2. SDG-Sprint Day
October 2021

  • University team works with business partner on the SDG-Challenge through “pressure-cooker”

3. SDG Finale
December 2nd 2021

  • Presentations solutions of the SDG-Challenges
  • Keynote speaker
  • Award ceremony by professional jury
  • Networking drinks

2021 Jury & Criteria

All university teams are judged on the potential impact on the company
(profit & people), the sector (people & planet) and society (people & planet).

Sandra Pellegrom

Dutch SDG Coordinator - Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Folkert van der Molen

Founder Duurzaam Ondernemen

Tom Emmelkamp

Associate Partner Climate Change and Sustainability Services - EY

Manon Klein

Co-Director Impact Hub Amsterdam

2020 Jury

Sandra Pellegrom, head of jury:

Collaboration is essential if we want to make the transition to a more just and sustainable world.


Want to know more about the SDG-Challenge?

Please contact us at:

SDG-Challenge is a concept of Soapbox B.V., partnered by Impact Hub Amsterdam Copyright © Soapbox B.V. 2009-2022
Privacy Policy | Terms & Conditions