UT Challenge

Welcome to the University of Twente Entrepreneurial Challenge! For the first time, The University of Twente is challenging its students to advance their innovative idea, prototype, business plan, or research project with the aid of the Challenge-affiliated network.

Are you ready to launch a spin-off or a start-up? Looking to get noticed for a work placement/internship, final project placement, or a job? Visit the special UT Challenge partner page to learn about our partners, meet your coaches via online coaching sessions and during our inspirational training and workshop days and stay informed of challenging career opportunities.


During the final event we will be giving away various prizes for our winners in the category ideation (€4.000) and prototyping (€6.000). ASML and the audience will be presenting an award as well: ASML Makers Award (€2.500 + 100 hours of multidisciplinary support) and the Audience Prize (€2.000).
Our other partners still have the opportunity to present a prize as well. These will be announced close to the final event.


See below for more information on the competition schedule and for answers to frequently asked questions.
If you have any other questions or comments, please contact us via our WhatsApp helpline! (+31 6 30 41 60 96).



About us

What is the UT Challenge? What is the mission of the UT Challenge?

Our mission is to introduce and prosper your innovative idea, prototype or business plan within our network of experienced and successful business partners.

Who organises the UT Challenge?

The UT Challenge is organised by the University of Twente and is made possible with support of the University of Twente and all partners connected to the UT Challenge.

What roles do the partners of the UT Challenge fulfill?

Our partners create and shape the network for the UT Challenge. Many of them are located in the Twente area and want to get to know you! The companies want to help you with the development and the growth of your idea, prototype or business plan. Are you looking for that little extra push for your innovation? Or are you ready to launch your spin-off or start-up? Do you want to have the unique possibility to introduce yourself to major industry players in order to broaden your chances on a job or graduation internship? Get to know our partners via the partner page on this website, introduce yourself to their coaches during the 1-1 chatsessions and talk to them during our training –and workshopdays. Make sure you don’t miss out on any of the career possibilities and stay up-to-date of all developments in the tech industry.

How can I get in touch with you?

You can reach us via whatsapp: +31 6 30 41 60 96 or via email: --.Please go to the contact page for all necessary information.


Who can participate in the UT Challenge?

Everybody that is enrolled in a study at the University of Twente with an innovative idea, prototype, research or business plan.

If I want to participate, how does it work?

You have the possibility to register yourself and your innovation from the 7th of February until the 7th of April 2017. Registering can be done in the category “idea” or “prototype and further developed”. In less than five minutes you will role into our network and you can continue the development of your concept.

Where can I sign up to join the contest?

You can sign up for the competition on this website. Click in the left menu on register to start creating your profile

How does the registration process work?

The registration process consists out of three steps:
1. Sign up (open from the 7th of February)
2. Create your online profile. This is your personal page were the public can rate your innovation and support you.
3. Complete the Golden Egg Check (possible from the 20th of February). Keep in mind that your innovation will be judged by the UT Company Coaches based on the answers you provide on this form.

What do the clusters mean?

The clusters make sure you are matched to the right companies and organisations throughout the entire UT Challenge. These clusters represent the current technical top-sectors. During the registration process you can select a total of three clusters, which you think, match most closely to your project. For example, it can be the case that your project consists of a beautiful piece of high-tech combined with durable materials with as main goal to improve a persons health. Each cluster is represented by a coach and one or more top industry companies in the region that can provide you with suitable advise and tips.

What are the clusters?

Within the different clusters mentioned below you can expect coaching and advice of different experts:
  • 1. High Tech Systems & Materials
  • 2. Energy & Sustainability
  • 3. Transport & Automotive
  • 4. Chemicals & Materials
  • 5. Life Sciences & Health
  • 6. Digital & Internet
  • 7. Building & Physics
  • 8. Geo-Information Science & Earth Observation

I am a PHD student, can I participate?

Definitely! Broaden your network and find the support you are looking for in order to complete your research by participating in the UT Challenge.

Can I collaborate with somebody from a different faculty or study direction?

No problem at all! The UT Challenge is not limited for certain faculties and we encourage projects that combine different studies and disciplines into one great innovation.

Can I compete with students from different educational institutions?

During the registration process only students registered at the University of Twente are accepted. Solely UT students are allowed to participate in the chat sessions, training-and-workshop-days and the pitches during the finale event. Apart from that you are free to choose whomever you want to help you kick-start your innovation.

Can I join the contest with a studentproject?

Yes, this is possible. You can participate with a group of maximum 5 persons. However, it is for student teams only possible/allowed to participate with a part of their product instead of the end product.

Won’t anybody steal my idea?

No. People that judge your idea have to sign a Confidentiality Agreement with us before. Next to that we will not publicly expose anything without explicitly ask your permission before hand.

What is the network round?

Networking is a very important part of the UT Challenge and your future career. Make sure your idea becomes “trending topic” on our platform and social media channels and get in touch with specialists in the industry.

What is the deadline for registering?

You can sign up and register your concept until the 7th of April 2017.

The prizes

Who can win a prize?

Everybody who studies at the University of Twente and joins the competition.

On which day will the final take place?

The final event will be held on 13th of June from 12:00 until 17:00.

What can I win?

The definitive prizes will be announced in March. We can reveal to you that the total amount of €15.000 between will be devided between the winners.

Are there prizes for the other participants?

Next to pitch-experience, training and workshop-days and lots of network possibilities we provide to everybody lots of fun and inspiration.