Collaborative Student Challenge 2018

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The Babson Collaborative Student Challenge 2018

The Babson Collaborative invites students from member schools to participate in a project that will expose them to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and challenge them to think of these goals in the context of business opportunities. Participating students will apply their knowledge of opportunity identification and assessment resulting in a viability analysis of a new business concept.

Who can participate?

Teams of two to five members.
Team members can be any mix of first, second or third grade students at NTNU.


Submit up to 10 slides that describe your business concept. The business concept must be relevant to one or more UN Sustainable Development Goals. The slides should also describe the following:

  • The problem and its relationship to the UN sustainability goal(s) being addressed
  • The venture opportunity
  • Who the customer is, the target market and the market size
  • The value proposition
  • How the business can make money
  • The social impact
  • What actions have been taken to validate or test the idea?
  • What are the next steps?

It is enough to have an idea you want to develop further. We are happy to help you with the requirements and guide you. Contact us on

Tips: Spark NTNU is a guidance service by for students with an idea. The guides are students with experience from turning ideas into startups.

27 February ★ Energy Transition Conference

1st place: 10 000 NOK, 2nd place: 5 000 NOK, 3rd place: 5 000 NOK.

The main topics of the Energy Transition Conference 2018 is energy transition strategies for a sustainable future. Energy Transition 2018 is a meeting place for leaders from industry, NGO’s, government, research and education.

Present your business concept in front of the Energy Transition Conference 2018 panel. The panel selects the best business concept, the team who takes first place wins 10 000 NOK. The second and third place teams win 5 000 NOK.

Participation in Energy Transition Conference is separate from the Babson Collaborative Student Challenge, but is considered great training and an opportunity to get funding.

14 March ★ BCSC Local Final

1st place: 40 hours of paid time to work on your business concept with the help of our mentors, and a chance to compete in the global final.

Present your business concept for the local final panel. The panel selects the best business concept. The team who takes first place gets the chance to compete in the global challenge, and wins 40 hours of paid time to work on and perfect their business concept, with the help of our mentors, in preparation for the global final.

Deadline: 9th of March.

7 May ★ BCSC Global Final

1st place: 2 week full scholarship at Babson Build

Present your business concept for the global final panel. The presentation will be done over webcam. The winner of the local final competes against other teams from all over the globe. The winner of the global final gets a two week trip to Wellesley, Massachusetts (USA) to attend Babson Build.

Room, board and airplane tickets are included.

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