Our 9 day programme will let students discover and develop their creative skills to become a leader in this ever changing world, where students are gaining a stronger voice in the challenges of tomorrow. These challenges require students to lead innovation and entrepreneurship that has a positive impact on the future of our planet. By integrating both the technical and the social, this course will dive into the tools students need to affect change.

To ensure the students know how to effectively put the tools they learn into practice, they will work on projects for the duration of the programme. These projects will allow the students to experience using design thinking methodologies to move from a problem to a solution, prototype and pitch.

The students will be given the freedom to select a project they feel passionate about. Therefore, as the organisational team, we are ensuring that the students have a selection of projects that could inspire them. This is where we would like to ask innovative organisations to propose challenges they think may be of interest or challenges they would like to have a new perspective on from an international group of students.


  • Design thinking
  • Complex problem solving
  • Defining problem scopes
  • Critical reflection
  • Effective communication
  • Presenting ideas
  • Prototyping
  • Creativity
  • Responsible innovation
  • Creating confidence
  • Multidisciplinary collaboration


  • New international and young perspective on a problem of your organisation
  • Exposure of your organisation to active and engaged international students
  • Engaging more young minds in problems your organisation is tackling
  • Raising awareness about global challenges related to your organisation


  • Links to one or more of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals
  • A clear problem statement for students to address
  • A problem where possible solutions could be prototyped
  • Flexibility in the direction students decide to approach the issue
  • Possibilities for future interaction with the project past the end of the programme


The Twente Region is suffering from a massive brain drain where students are moving away right after graduation. On a global scale, climate change is a growing issue in the media, and many are demanding action be taken to reach the goals set in the Paris Climate Agreement and curb the rising global temperatures. How might Enschede and its companies change their practices to attract more students by becoming a town that declares a climate emergency and strives to address this climate crisis?

Overall, the students will be working on their projects for a total of approximately 14 hours during the programme, therefore, the problems should not be overly complex that the students cannot proceed to a prototyping phase.

If you are willing to provide a challenge to the Leaders of Innovation and Impact programme, please reach out to Mélanie Droogleever Fortuyn (m.s.droogleeverfortuyn@student.utwente.nl) or any other member of the University of Twente Innovation Fellows team for further information or any questions.