Entrepreneurship Social Entrepreneurship Challenge 2023

EntrepreneurshipSocial Impact

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


The Challenge That's More Than Just Business

You know, when most people think of entrepreneurship, they picture tech bros in Silicon Valley, sipping on overpriced lattes, and discussing the next "Uber for X." But there's a side to entrepreneurship that's about more than just making bank. It's about making a difference. Enter the Entrepreneurship Social Entrepreneurship Challenge 2023.

A Little Backstory

Before we dive into the nitty-gritty, let's take a moment to appreciate the institution behind this challenge. The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, or VU for short, has been around since 1880. Founded by the theologian, journalist, and politician Abraham Kuyper, it started as a Protestant Christian university. Over the years, it's evolved, but its commitment to making a positive impact has remained steadfast. And this challenge? It's a testament to that commitment.

So, What's the Deal?

In this challenge, teams of master students will help companies boost their social impact. But it's not just about feeling good; it's about answering some tough questions. How can entrepreneurial activity create a better world? How can businesses be both profitable and socially responsible? If these questions get your brain buzzing, you're in the right place.

The Nuts and Bolts

  • Team Dynamics: Each team will consist of 4 master students from the Social Entrepreneurship program.
  • Time Commitment: Each team will dedicate 150 hours to the challenge. And companies? You're looking at 8-12 hours in total.
  • Deliverables: At the end of the challenge, teams will present their findings and recommendations in a slide format. Think of it as a to-the-point advisory report.
  • Challenge Scope: From experimenting with new social/sustainable product offerings to identifying valuable partnerships with NGOs and local governments, the possibilities are endless.

Who Can Jump In?

If you're a company with a social/sustainable objective at the heart of your business model, you're eligible. Whether you've been in business for 6 months or 6 decades, the VU welcomes a diverse range of companies. The only requirement? A commitment to making a positive impact.

Key Dates to Remember

  • October 6: Deadline for submitting your challenge.
  • November 3: Teams rank the challenges.
  • November 6-10: Kickoff meeting with the teams.
  • December 14 or 15: Final presentations. Mark your calendars!

A Little More About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Founded in 1880 by a group of Calvinists led by Abraham Kuyper, the VU was the first Protestant university in the Netherlands. Over the years, it's grown and evolved, but its commitment to excellence and positive impact has remained unwavering.

In Conclusion

The Entrepreneurship Social Entrepreneurship Challenge 2023 isn't just another business competition. It's an opportunity to make a real difference. So, whether you're a company looking to boost your social impact or a student eager to apply your skills to real-world challenges, this is your chance to shine.

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