The Sustainable Business Battle

The battle


The first two editions encountered a huge success, and were sponsored by the Leiden University Green Office, student associations, such as Minerva and Augustinus, private actors like Rabobank, and several regional green parties. Since then, the battle has become an annual event, gaining recognition and attracting more students and businesses every year.

The Sustainable Business Battle (SBB) is a 3-week business challenge in which 10 interdisciplinary teams of students compete in order to find the most sustainable, innovative, and practical solutions to their given case. The cases are authentic and provided by 5 different companies. Each participating company or organisation is assigned two teams of students.


Not only is the SBB incredibly innovative in its approach, but it also presents students with real life cases, and offers both businesses and participants a platform to network, share their knowledge, and make a difference within a local context.


We strongly believe in diversity. Thus, students from all backgrounds and walks of life are welcome to apply, provided they have an interest in problem-solving and sustainability! In the past, Dutch and international applicants from Leiden University, TU Delft, the University of Amsterdam, and the Haagse Hogeschool have joined the battle. Prior knowledge in sustainability is appreciated but not required. Teams will be interdisciplinary and each student will have the opportunity to contribute.

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  • 5 companies, 5 real life cases, 50 students.

  • Workshops by consultants and experts, coaching sessions, seminars, in-house days, and much more!

  • A competition in 2 rounds: semi-finals and finals.

  • Borrels, social events, and opportunities to network with companies.

The dates of the battle

  1. May 3rd: Kick off (16:00 - overnight stay) - Buena Vista Beach Club, The Hague

    Overnight stay: Beach Hostel Jorplace, Scheveningen

  2. May 4th: First training day (ends at 19:00) - PLNT, Leiden

  3. May 6th - 10th: In-house days from the companies (one day per team) - Various locations

  4. May 11th: Second training day (10:00 - 19:00) – Wijnhaven, The Hague

  5. May 18th: Third training day and semi-final (10:00 - 18:00) – Rabobank, Leiden

  6. May 21st: Boston Consulting Group Pitch Training (for finalist) - Amsterdam

  7. May 24th: Finals! (10:00 - 17:00) - Delft X, Delft

  8. June 13th: Post-borrel (19:00 - 21:00) - Minerva, Leiden

More information about the locations to come!

Are you interested in sustainability and business? Would you like to meet other like-minded people? Are you curious about the world of consultancy and are you looking to work on real-life cases? Are you a problem solver, eager to make a difference, and would you like to challenge yourself?

Then this event is right up your alley! Apply here.




The business case for sustainability

Wind turbines, sharing platforms, and electric cars are quickly becoming a part of our daily lives. Sustainability is a growing trend in the Netherlands. It is changing the way companies and organisations function across the globe. Sustainability is gradually gaining importance in the world of business, as investments in that field are increasing. Major companies, such as Ikea, Unilever, and Philips, are now incorporating sustainability into their business model, acknowledging not only how impactful and profitable a more sustainable approach can be, but also how it enables them to become more resilient in the face of external challenges.

In a nutshell, sustainability has huge - and untapped - potential. It is a game-changer. The Board of the Sustainable Business Battle (SBB) acknowledges this and aims to empower sustainability pioneers by bringing together companies and students, in order to tackle today’s environmental challenges.

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It is about creating impact together, one step at a time.

In the past, the battle has been met with an undeniable success. As a third edition is in preparation, new partners are joining, a fresh team is on the move, and more students are embarking on this adventure.

Are you interested in being a part of the SBB 2019? Click here!