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.

Fifteen teams of the fifteen 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 in Circl, 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.

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Business partners & university teams

Want to know which organisations teamed up with which university team during the Spring edition of the SDG-Challenge? Curious about the challenge they worked on as well as the solution they came up with? Find out below!

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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
Aug - Dec 2020

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

2. SDG-Sprint Day
Jan / Feb 2021

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

3. SDG Finale
March 19th 2021

  • Presentations solutions of the SDG-Challenges
  • Speeddates
  • 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

Anne-Marie Rakhorst

Lid Raad van Commissarissen TwynstraGudde

Folkert van der Molen


Mark Koopmans

Commercieel Directeur bij Albron

Hans Heijnen

Directeur Soapbox

2020 Jury

Sandra Pellegrom, head of jury:

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


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