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Solving sustainability

challenges with external companies

What is AU Challenges? 

AU Challenges is a series of case competitions, where students from Aarhus University work in cross disciplinary teams to come up with innovative solutions for sustainable business development for external companies and organizations. Throughout the year, there will be events differing in size and focus.

In April 2021, we host a series of SME Challenges aimed at small and medium sized enterprises, where 20 approximately students at a time participate in a 1-day case competition in different SME's in Region Middle Jutland. Students can read more here, while SME's should read more here.

In November 2021 we will hold AU Grand Challenge - a ground-breaking, cross-disciplinary case competition for all AU students. Up to 200 students from across all five faculties at AU are invited to collaborate in solving real life cases for 3 large Danish companies. Former case companies are: Novozymes, Danske Bank, AURA Energi, Visit Denmark, Aarhus Municipality, Hedeselskabet and ARLA.

And finally, we also host Challenge AU on demand at different times of the year. Challenge AU are based on requests from companies and organizations as well as clusters, who want to establish innovative collaboration with 50 - 120 students from different studies at Aarhus University. If you are a company or an organization and you are interested, please contact Merethe Kruse.

AU Challenges has a strong focus on collaboration and learning experience. Therefore, each team gets a chance to present their solution to professional judges and get feedback. 


Who can participate? 

AU Challenge is open to all Danish, as well as all international 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th year students at Aarhus University. PhD students are also welcome.  

I know nothing about case competitions – can I still join? 

You don’t need any prior experience with case competitions to join, since you will be presented to an exclusive series of online workshops, providing you with case solving and presentation skills

Participants in AU Challenge 2021 will also get a personal profile analysis as well as a team profile.

You don’t have to form a team beforehand – you apply individually, and we find you the best possible team. You can also apply as a team, if your team represents at least two different faculties. 

About the online workshops 

Online workshops are conducted by top-professionals from Ramboll, and will provide you with thorough case solving skills and presentation techniques. You are not required to do homework between workshops, and since the workshops are online, you can plan to watch them when it fit best into your study itinerary.  

The series of workshops culminate in a real life case competition, where the three companies invite you to solve challenges well suited for a cross disciplinary approach.  

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AU Challenge 2020 - The Journey
Participant in AU Challenge 2019

Focus on sustainability 

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are at the core of all the cases, which participants are asked to solve. Students thereby are not only part of AU Challenges – you also contribute to solving the much bigger goal of making the world a better place for future generations.