About this edition

The world is set to change significantly by 2030, and the energy transition is one of the biggest challenges we are facing today. It demands a rapid fossil fuel phase-down and reduction in energy dependency while simultaneously ensuring grid stability, scaling up renewable energy solutions – such as hydrogen and offshore wind technologies – and fostering collaboration between governments, businesses, and communities. To effectively manage and accomplish this transformation – particularly as an engine for the energy transition in the Netherlands –  we need the best ideas and brightest minds to work together in shaping a sustainable and energy-efficient future in the North.

Drivers of Change 
We are excited to launch the first-ever Energy edition of the Green Business Challenge in collaboration with New Energy Academy – part of New Energy Coalition. Expect a synergising week buzzing with fresh ideas and mind-blowing insights as more than 25 international students tackle real-world challenges faced by various organisations in the Northern Netherlands. It’s sure to spark inspiration and ignite unexpected breakthroughs.

Up for the Challenge? Apply now!
Join us during a 6-day road trip in the Northern Netherlands from 12-17th May 2024! Applications are now open for young professionals from various backgrounds — from economics, tech, and communications to governance, energy law, psychology or (spatial) design.  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.

The Green Business Challenge - Energy Edition 2024

Co-created with New Energy Academy


We are proud to partner up with New Energy Academy, who also underlines the need of both skilled professionals and excellent researchers with a broad understanding of the recent challenges. This is the place where you can broaden your knowledge and acquire the information you need! New Energy Academy offers programmes designed for everyone with an interest in energy, from all levels. Do you have an interest in spatial questions? Technical challenges? Or about the social issues of the transition? Check out their Energy Learning Activities!

New Energy Academy is part of New Energy Coalition, that aims to bring together researchers, entrepreneurs and policymakers to boost innovation, achieve breakthroughs in technology and knowledge and help change people’s mindset and behaviour with regard to the energy transition.



GBC Energy 2024 is co-created with:

New Energy Academy Green Business Challenge Energy 2024     
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University of Groningen Wubbo Ockels School of Energy & Climate      



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!


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