U21 launches new RISE Awards

Students on mountain

RISE (Real Impact on Society and Environment) is U21’s newest student opportunity, an international showcase of student achievement in sustainability and social innovation designed to accelerate the scale and impact of student-led projects by connecting them with a network of experts in academia and industry.

Each U21 member institution is invited to nominate a student-led project based on an aspect of social entrepreneurship or sustainability, reaffirming U21's commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Each project will also be entered into the RISE Awards, offering winning teams a bespoke package of acceleration and professional development opportunities. 

U21 will ensure that each project will receive expert support as well as international exposure, working to attract pledges of support for the different projects from U21’s global partners in industry and academia.

Caroline Hetherington, U21 Student Experience Manager said, 'We are really excited to launch this new U21 initiative where we hope to be able to showcase the very best in student social and sustainability entrepreneurship from around the world.  We hope that shining a light on the great projects being forged in our network of universities will enable the work they produce to be more effective and make a greater difference to our world.'

The showcase has opened this week and will be looking for video submissions until November 2019 with the winners announced in January 2020.