SDG-Challenge - Applied Sciences

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.

“Global challenges, Regional solutions”

The SDG-Challenge divided the Netherlands in five regions. Every region is represented by a team of multi-sectorial students (from different Universities of the region). As an organisation, you can claim a student consultant team that is going to work on your company’s SDG-Challenge.

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.

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Business partners & teams

What SDG-Challenge are the companies and student consultant teams working on? Check it out below!

2020 Partners

SDG-Challenge Applied Sciences Map

Agro & Food




Hogere Sociale Studies



How it works

“SDG-Challenge Applied Sciences” links student consultant teams from the Universities of Applied Sciences (HBO) to business partners with an eye for sustainability to work together on the SDGs.

1. Registration phase
Jan / Feb / Maa 2020

  • Selection of business partners
  • Business partner chooses regional student consultant team
  • Recruitment & selection of student consultant team

2. SDG-Challenge (1 day)
Apr / May 2020

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

3. Final @ SDG-House
June 2020

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

2020 Jury & Criteria

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

2019 Jury

Hugo von Meinfeldt, head of jury 2019:

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


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