RISE (Real Impact on Society and Environment) is an international showcase of student achievement sustainability and social innovation, designed to accelerate the scale and impact of student-led projects by connecting them with a network of experts.
What can you expect from the programme?
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. If you have a voluntary, social enterprise or environmental project that you would like to scale up, develop, and build, then RISE is for you.
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To be eligible, you and your project need to meet all of the following requirements:
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)
Your project may also involve students from other U21 member universities, as cross institutional collaboration is encouraged with its own award. If you would like to connect with students at other U21 universities to collaborate on cross institution projects, register interest here.
You can find more information about which projects are eligible for submission, examples of last year’s winners, and helpful tips for your own project, on the RISE website.
When? How much time is required?
Expect to be busy with the programme during semester 2. The expected time investment will depend on your project and the number of people involved.
What are the costs?
There are no costs to enter your project in the RISE Awards.
Is this a credit-bearing programme?
No. This programme wins you exposure, training and prize money, but there are no ECTS involved.
How can you apply?
You can enter your project by video submission before Friday 25 February 2022 at 23:59. Send your video submission to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep the following guidelines for your video in mind:
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.
You may incorporate existing content, but 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
Find all guidelines and instructions for submitting the video RISE website.