Challenge Programme

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Challenge Programme

The IDEA League Challenge Programme is an extra-curricular course for ambitious and talented students of our partner universities.

It is geared towards students interested in future leadership roles, both in the public and private sector, who are drawn to issues at the intersection of technology and society. We’re talking about things like leadership, politics, entrepreneurship, and policy making.

The programme consists of four complementary modules, hosted alternately at our partner universities over a series of long weekends (Thursday evening to Sunday afternoon). Participants, typically third year bachelor’s or first year master’s students, will take part in a design-oriented programme. That means that you will not only analyse problems, but you will also get to design and present solutions. Since the programme is focused on real world problems, we will involve practitioners in our modules.


Challenge Programme 2023-2024

TU Delft & Politecnico di Milano

A political perspective: wicked problems, stakeholders and performance

26 – 29 October 2023, Lecco

ETH Zurich

An analytical perspective: assessing changing needs, wants, and behaviour

23 – 26 November 2023, Zurich


An economic perspective: balancing costs and societal benefits using moral judgement

22 – 25 February 2024, Gothenburg

RWTH Aachen & TU Delft

A design thinking and open innovation perspective: co-creating the stakeholder dialogue

23 – 28 May 2024, Aachen & Delft

(Please note: the dates have changed from the previous 23-27 May)


3rd year Bachelor and 1st year Master students enrolled at IDEA League partner universities throughout the duration of the programme.

Application Documents
  • CV
  • Motivational letter
  • Transcript of Records
  • Reference Letter
Application Deadline

Friday, 21st of July, 2023 at 13:00 (CET)

Financial Matters

There are no additional tuition fees; successful candidates will be awarded a travel stipend of up to 1.000€ to encourage and facilitate more sustainable modes of transport.


The programme is open for students enrolled at one of the IDEA League partner universities, in either their 3rd year of Bachelors or 1st year of Masters, throughout the duration of the programme.

This programme is aimed at promising, typically 3rd year Bachelor and 1st year Master students, who show special interest in entrepreneurship, business and policymaking, a general motivation to challenge and propel their skills and knowledge as well as excellent grades.

The programme is open to applicants from all academic backgrounds, particularly to those who can demonstrate evidence of multidisciplinary work in entrepreneurship/leadership/business/politics/policymaking.

The stipend of up to 1.000€ is aimed at supporting participants for their travel to and from the Challenge Programme events. It is particularly aimed at encouraging sustainable travel.

The application process is handled through the SiROP platform:

Yes, accommodation will be provided from the hosting universities to the participants of the programme for the time of the events.

We plan to inform all applicants about the results of their application no later than 1st September (5th September for applicants from Chalmers).

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