“Perfect combination of relevant practical experience and getting to know cool companies”

During the SDG-Challenge fourteen university teams team up with fourteen leading companies to work on challenges that contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The team with the biggest potential impact wins!


The mission of the SDG-Challenge is to inspire and mobilize students and companies 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.

Fourteen teams of the fourteen 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 the SDG-House, all teams present their solutions in front of a professional jury. The team with the biggest potential impact wins!

SDG-Challenge University

"SDG-Challenge University" is a platform that activates students to critically think about present-day topics together with leading companies.

University teams & business partners 2019

Which company teamed up with which university team? And what SDG-Challenge are they working on? Check it out below!

How does it work?

"SDG-Challenge University" links third-year Bachelor's and Master's students to business partners with an eye for sustainability to work together on the SDGs.

Registration phase

Sep / Oct / Nov / Dev 2019

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

Kick off event
@ Utrecht

Jan 2020

  • Opening of the SDG Challenge. Students will meet their business partner

SDG-Sprint Day
@ business partner

Jan / Feb 2020 (date depends on team's availability)

  • University Consultant team works with business partner on the SDG-Challenge through "pressure-cooker"

@ SDG-House

April 2020

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

Jury 2019 & Criteria 2020

All university teams are judged on:

  • - The potential impact on the company (profit & people)
  • - The Sector (people & planet)
  • - Society (people & planet)

Hugo von Meijenfeldt - Dutch SDG-Coordinator (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

Member of jury SDG Challenge - 2019

"I noticed that the SDGs trigger the students to think better out of the box"

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Want to know more about the project? Please contact us at: organisation@sdg-challenge.com

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