Global Challenge Lab 2022

Climate Action

Join students from across the world to form international teams and generate solutions that address the UN Sustainable Development Goal 13: Climate Action. Learn new skills, meet new people and win a share of the £20,000 prize fund.

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What is Global Challenge Lab?

The Global Challenge Lab is a brand-new virtual entrepreneurship programme run in partnership with Tsinghua University’s x-lab in Beijing. 

Imperial Enterprise Lab is working with global university partners to bring together hundreds of students and alumni to grow their international network, gain new skills and create new ideas that help achieve UN SDG 13: Climate Action. Students from all disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to join!

You’re looking at a 10-day programme of core and optional workshops, guest speakers and mentoring to help you come up with and develop innovative ideas. At the end of the programme, the top teams from each track will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas and win a share of a £20K prize fund!

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10-day entrepreneurship programme

Mixed teams – each team must include participants from multiple institutions and disciplines

Delivered online – mix of live masterclasses and pre-recorded content

Supported by industry leader panel and speaker events

£20K prize fund

Expert training on cross-cultural collaboration, design thinking, prototyping and much more!

50+ global mentors​

Teams must present an innovative solution (technical or non-technical) to UN SDG 13

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Learning outcomes

By the end of this programme you will:

Understand how to work and communicate effectively in cross-cultural teams

Understand the impact and importance of entrepreneurship in achieving the UN SDGs

Understand the factors that contribute to achieving UN SDG 13 from a global perspective

You will have created a comprehensive startup idea

Understand how to identify and test problems that are worth solving

Understand the fundamentals of what makes a great pitch and how to craft and articulate a compelling story

Entry requirements

  1. You must be a current enrolled student or alumnus (no more than 3 years since graduation) from one of the partner universities which will be announced closer to the event.
  2. You must be available for the final event. Date TBC.
  3. You can join as an individual and we will help you find a team, or you can join with others, providing they are a student at a partner university. You can have no more than two people from the same university in your team.
  4. The programme is designed to help you generate new ideas, you should not be entering with fully formed ideas or ventures.

    Key dates

    Global Challenge Lab will be running in the summer term 2022. To get a notification when applications open, register your details below:

    Global Challenge Lab: Registration of Interest
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    Can I join with my friends/classmates?

    Teams must be made up of students or recent alumni from partner universities, you will need to have a minimum of 2 partner universities represented on your team. You can join a team with your classmates as long as you meet this requirement. We will help you to form a team at the start of the programme.

    Can I bring my own startup idea to the challenge?

    You can already have some ideas, but this should be at early idea stage and you will need to agree with your team what to take forward and which idea to submit for the final.

    The programme is designed to help you generate new ideas, you should not be entering with fully formed ventures.

    Do I need to be fluent in English?

    Yes, all the sessions will be delivered in English.

    Do I need to have technical expertise, such as that in a traditional ‘hack’?

    No technical skills are required, however, you are welcome to present or work on a technical idea or solution. You will also have access to the Harmony OS platform and technical support & mentorship should you wish to explore this, but it isn’t a pre-requisite.

    How do I form a team?

    If you want to join a team with a classmate or friend, please indicate this on the registration form. If you are joining alone, we will arrange a series of structured and guided networking sessions to help you meet students from other universities. There will also be a Slack channel for you to meet and introduce yourself. If you haven’t formed a team by the deadline, we will put you in a team – so don’t worry!

    What if I don’t form a team before the deadline?

    If you haven’t formed a team by the deadline, we will put you in a team – so don’t worry!

    Can I submit multiple projects?

    You will only be able to submit one project or solution to the Global Challenge Lab.

    Who owns my IP?

    By taking part in the Challenge you agree that any ideas/intellectual property generated within your team during the course of the Challenge will be deemed to be owned equally by all members of the team. At the end of the Challenge, team members can choose to continue to work on these ideas generated within their teams together or can choose to work on the idea independently of each other.

    The Challenge is an ‘Open Hack’ meaning that neither the organisers, nor the Sponsors have any claim to the intellectual property generated by the participants at the Challenge. However, the status of the ownership of any pre-existing intellectual property generated outside the Challenge that you might use in connection with your idea/project will remain unchanged and will continue to be owned by those that owned it before Challenge.

    Who can I speak to for more information?

    Please email  if you have any questions.

    What if I have class and cannot attend a session?

    In most cases we have scheduled multiple sessions across different time zones so that you have the opportunity to attend, if however, you cannot attend, you can watch back the recording at a convenient time. With the exception of the Final event. If your team makes it to the final, at least two of your team members will need to be available to pitch for a share of the prize fund.

    Do I have to attend every workshop?

    Ideally you would attend as many as you can, but we will be recording them if you can’t attend and want to watch them back. At least two members of your team should be available on Friday 23 July in case you make it to the final!

    Will all the sessions be delivered in UK working hours? What if I’m in another country?

    Sessions will be delivered across all partner university friendly time-zones. If the delivery times are not at a reasonable time based on your location, you can either join another session, or watch the recording back.

    Who are the mentors?

    Mentors will be available from across different industry sectors, professions, and geographical locations to advise you. We will allocate mentors to each team. It’s a great way to build your global network!

    Will the prizes be awarded in UK Currency?

    If your team wins a cash prize it will be split equally across your team and awarded in your local currency.

    Join the Challenge

    Global Challenge Lab will be running in the summer term 2022. You can view sessions from Global Challenge Lab 2021: Good Health and Wellbeing here. 

    Global Challenge Lab: Registration of Interest
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