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Changemaker Challenge

Be part of the change

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Tuesday 14 November, 9.30am - 5.00pm, Students' Union

Be part of the very first Changemaker Challenge, where you can make a difference to real organisations facing real challenges. 


Sign up for the Changemaker Challenge

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What is the Changemaker Challenge?

The Changemaker Challenge is a one-day event that provides a platform for students like you to engage with local employers and organisations, and transform your passion for change into tangible actions. You'll develop essential skills, commercial awareness and create a lasting impact on the world around you. Every great change begins with a small step, and together we can be the catalysts for a better tomorrow.


How the Challenge works

Team Formation

You will be in teams of 3-5 members. We encourage diverse teams with members from different backgrounds, interests, and expertise. This will allow you to meet new people, learn from each other and bring different perspectives to the challenge.

Problem Identification

A selected employer or organisation will identify and present you with a pressing issue that they are passionate about solving.

Ideation and Solution Development

With the help of the Changemaker Challenge resources and consultants on hand, teams will brainstorm and develop innovative solutions. 

Project Proposal

Teams will pitch their proposal outlining their solution, action plan, timeline, and expected impact. 

Mentorship and Guidance

Throughout the challenge, participating teams will have access to mentorship and guidance from experienced professionals who can offer insights and support in project proposals.

Showcase and Recognition 

The runners-up and the winning team will compete at the Grand Changemaker Challenge at Portsmouth’s Fratton Football Club to fight for their place as the overall Changemaker Challenge winning team and receive the coveted trophy. The day will culminate in celebrations and networking over drinks. 



Benefits of taking part

The Changemaker Challenge is a fantastic opportunity for you to:

  • solve real-world challenges
  • engage with employers and external organisations
  • meet new friends
  • enhance your CV and job applications
  • develop your teamwork, presentation and innovation skills
  • evidence your commercial awareness
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Got some questions? 

If you're interested in taking part but would like to know more, get in touch with our Student Startup team.