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The national SDG-Challenge


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.

We invite students from universities and universities of applied sciences all over the Netherlands to join our next National SDG-Challenge! After the application deadline, we select the best students and create interdisciplinary teams for the challenges within our partner network, to work together on the SDGs.

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 grand finale, teams present their solutions in front of a professional jury. The team with the biggest (potential) impact wins!

The SDG-Challenge is a formula 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 & STUDENT TEAMS


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

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HOW IT WORKS


The National SDG-Challenge connects motivated Bachelor’s and Master’s students to business partners with an eye for sustainability to work together on the SDGs.

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Register

Registration phase
January - 29 March '24

  • Selection of business partners
  • Shaping the challenges
  • Recruitment & selection of student teams
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Kick-off

Kick-off
9 April '24

  • Students physically come together for the kick-off, including an SDG training given by SDG NL
  • Students get acquainted with the designated business partner via online connection
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Inhouse Sprint

Inhouse Sprint
10 - 19 April '24

  • Interdisciplinary student team works with business partner on the SDG-Challenge through “pressure-cooker”
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SDG Showcase Fair

SDG Showcase Fair
30 May '24

  • Exposition of all solutions
  • Finalist announcement
  • Speed dates
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The National Grand Finale

The National Grand Finale
4 July '24

  • Pitch presentations of all finalists 2023-2024
  • Award Ceremony
  • Networking Drinks

COLLABORATION IS ESSENTIAL IF WE WANT TO MAKE THE TRANSITION TO A MORE JUST AND SUSTAINABLE WORLD.”

- Sandra Pellegrom, head of the jury

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