Kansai Gaidai’s Initiative, “The SDGs Global Challenge” was kicked off with the first meeting on Oct 2nd, 2021. This is a 7-week business competition in which international and local students work together in groups for the development of business plans based on the themes of SDGs.
The theme for the competition is “Create an innovative business plan that contributes to the realization of the 17 goals of the SDGs.” And it is designed to develop a sense of internationalism and students’ self-initiatives as well as deepen their knowledge of social business issues.
Ms. Reiko Hiromoto, Executive Director of the Center for International Education, welcomed participants by addressing “ we hope you will learn to work as a team and be creative in the development of your business plans.” Professors from Humber College, who will act as faculty mentors, congratulated participants for taking the initiative to join this project.
The project includes various workshops to learn about business and market research skills in order to make a realistic and sustainable business plan. An expert who actually worked in the SDGs projects will be invited as a guest lecturer. The organizing members include “peer mentors” who are willing to assist the participants throughout the way. They will also run a final pitch event on November 13, 2021.
All the Oct 2nd participants seemed thrilled to participate in this exciting project and create innovative business plans. The results for the SDGs Global Challenge will be announced after the final pitch and will be evaluated based on criteria such as creativity, feasibility, and impact of the idea. Three teams will be selected as the final winners of this program.