The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), or the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
The mission of the SDG-Challenge is to connect and mobilize students and organisations to work together on these Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations (UN).
Eight teams of eight Dutch Universities of Applied Sciences team up with a leading company to work together on a SDG-Challenge of the company.
During the challenge, you and your team consisting of (international) students with mixed backgrounds will work on creating a solution for your organization’s SDG-Challenge. The goal is to come up with a solution that not only impacts your company, but also the sector as a whole and the SDGs. In order to ensure a practical approach, Soapbox developed the ‘SDG pressure cooker’. By following this method, the teams will go from the initial challenge to actual tangible and actionable ideas in a short period of time. To ensure a smooth progression, Soapbox will guide the participants in this process.
During the final, all teams will present their solution in front of a professional jury. The team with the biggest potential impact wins!
SDG-Challenge UAS 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 businesses
What SDG-Challenge are the companies and student consultant teams working on? Check it out below!
Click on the logo to find out more about the university or company and their challenge.
Want to know which organisations participated 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
The National UAS SDG Challenge is a concept by Soapbox aiming to activate participating Universities of Applied Sciences and organizations to critically think about present-day sustainability topics and take action together.
Why participate? This is your chance to work on the SDGs and create a real impact. Besides, you will gain valuable work experience by working a real challenge for an organization and build connections with like-minded students from all over the Netherlands. Last, but certainly not least, during the finals you will be able to win great prizes, and of course for all a LinkedIn certification as proof of participating.
Time investment: This challenge will take about 4 days of your time, spread out over 3 months.
November - January '23
February - March '23
21 April '23
Throughout the challenge, the teams are encouraged to develop their ideas into realistic well-founded solutions with a goal of creating a better future. Integrated elements in the final evaluation will be: short and long term impact on the SDGs, innovativeness and originality, sustainability, technical feasibility, scalability and economical viability.
Folkert van der Molen
Founder - van der Molen - E.I.S.
Senior Policy Advisor International Affairs - Vereniging Hogescholen
Investment Trainee @ PGGM Investments & UN Global Compact
“COLLABORATION IS ESSENTIAL IF WE WANT TO MAKE THE TRANSITION TO A MORE JUST AND SUSTAINABLE WORLD.”- Sandra Pellegrom, head of the jury