About this edition

The transition to a green economy is one of the biggest challenges we face today and a significant turning point in how we interact with our planet’s resources. It calls for reimagining our reliance on traditional materials and advocating for a sustainable approach to organic resources, innovative biotechnologies, and green business models. To do so, we need the best ideas and brightest minds to unite!

We are excited to launch the first-ever Biobased edition, which will shine its light on the future generation of sustainability pioneers equipped with the skills to propel the biobased revolution and circular economy forward. What obstacles do governments, businesses, and communities face in embracing biobased alternatives? How can organisations speed the transition to a resource-resilient future by fostering bio-innovation or improving biowaste management? The cases vary each edition but are always 100% real.

Up for the Challenge? Apply now!
Join us during a 3-day cross border road trip in the Ems Dollart Region from 11-13th June 2024! With more than 20 international students, you’ll work in multidisciplinary teams on real business cases. Applications are now open for young professionals from various backgrounds — from biology, chemistry and environmental law to life sciences, economics and marketing.  And the best part; it’s free. Ho(s)tels, workshops, transport, food, fun and the support of experts are all taken care of. Limited spots are available, so make sure to send in your application as soon as possible.

Part of Biotech Talent Unlocked

Green Business Challenge Biobased Edition

The Green Business Challenge is part of Biotech Talent Unlocked, funded by Interreg VI A. In the Ems Dollart Region, numerous innovative companies, start-ups and green initiatives are paving the way for a circular and biobased economy. As part of the project, bio companies and universities are joining forces to boost collaboration, pioneer change, expand career opportunities, and develop educational programmes related to sustainability across borders.


Part of 

 Biotech Talent Unlocked Interreg
Biotech Talent Unlocked Partners

University of Groningen NHL Stenden Leeuwarden  Hochschule Emden Leer

BIO Coorperative     3N kompetenzzentrum



Are you a go-getter, a teamplayer and passionate about important issues? Join the Green Business Challenge and work on real business models for a green economy together with young professionals from all over Europe!


Do you have ambitions to become more sustainable, but are you still looking for the perfect opportunity? Take your ambitions to the next level and join the next edition of the Green Business Challenge!