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Universitas21 RISE Awards

RISE (Real Impact on Society and Environment) is an international showcase of student achievement is sustainability and social innovation, designed to accelerate the scale and impact of student-led projects by connecting them with a network of experts!

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Universitas21 RISE Awards

Each U21 member institution (e.g. the University of Amsterdam) is invited to nominate a student-led project based on an aspect of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Alongside access to a global network of supporters, teams will have the chance of winning one of three prizes valued at over €2,000 each.



Is my project eligible?

  • Your project is a voluntary, social enterprise or environmental project that you would like to scale up, develop and build
  • You are a current student or recent graduate (2 years or less), who started the project whilst studying at the UvA
  • You have started to implement your project in some way (it cannot be just an idea), but it can still be at the very early stages of development
  • Your project must directly address at least one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
  • Your project may be individual or group led (in case of a very big group, a leadership group of 7 students should be identified as the main entrants)

How to get involved?

  • You will enter your project to RISE by a video submission by Friday 26 February 2021 at 23:59 to

Guidelines for submitting a video

  • Your video pitch is your chance to make a great first impression and attract potential supporters and pledges. Plan your pitch carefully so it stands out and really represents you and your project.
  • Your video can be recorded in any language; however, it must have English subtitles (even if it is recorded in English). This will help to reach a global audience and will also improve the accessibility of your pitch.
  • Your video must be no longer than 5 minutes long. We recommend 3-5 minutes: enough time to clearly pitch your work, whilst remaining concise and engaging.
  • Whilst you may incorporate existing content, your 3-5 minute video must be an original piece of work that is not available publicly anywhere else.
  • Your video should demonstrate:
    • What your project is and why it is important
    • Which of the Sustainable Development Goals you are addressing
    • What you have achieved so far
    • What your future plans are and what kind of pledge what be most helpful

Send your video Friday 26 February 2021 at the latest, and maybe your project will win over €2,000,- in price money!

For more information, check out the U21 website.

In case of any questions, please feel free to contact us at