Entrepreneurial Solutions Program for University Students Advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals


Sponsored by Institute for Life Sciences Collaboration (ILSC)



“The seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are our shared vision of humanity and a social contract between the world’s leaders and the people,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said of the Agenda 2030 and the global goals for sustainable development adopted unanimously by 193 Heads of State and other top leaders at a summit at UN Headquarters in New York in September 2015.

“They are a to-do list for people and planet, and a blueprint for success,” he added of the 17 goals and 169 targets to wipe out poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change over the next 15 years.

Broad and ambitious in scope, the Agenda addresses the three dimensions of sustainable development: social, economic and environmental, as well as important aspects related to peace, human rights and effective institutions.

Sustainable Development Goals 2016-2030:

1. No poverty

2. Zero hunger

3. Good health and well-being

4. Quality education

5. Gender equality

6. Clean water and sanitation

7. Affordable and clean energy

8. Decent work and economic growth

9. Industry, innovation, and infrastructure

10. Reduced inequalities

11. Sustainable cities and communities

12. Responsible consumption and production

13. Climate action

14. Life below water

15. Life on land

16. Peace, justice, and strong institutions

17. Partnerships for the goals

The Entrepreneurial Solutions Program 

Initiative Focus:  

  • Building an innovative entrepreneurial pipeline of students interested in advancing the SDG

  • Build international cohort partnerships between l universities based on their choice of SDGs

  • Engage interested stakeholders in many disciplines, including for-profit and non-profit organizations

  • Finance the program through grants, foundations, etc.

End Result:

Create opportunities in which for profit and non-profit organizations collaborate to advance the SDGs, by building an expanding global pipe line of concerned, socially aware people with the skills and motivation to be successful.

How it works:

  • ILSC provides the coordination of the program and the fundraising to offer grants to successful SDG projects and university programs.

  • ILSC provides experts on the UN SDGs, as well as social media and website to enhance communications among students/universities and other stakeholders.

  • ILSC will select one of the 17 SDGs on which students would focus each year. For the upcoming program in Spring of 2020, ILSC's selected goal is Goal #3, Good Health and Well-Being.


  • Universities would integrate the Entrepreneurial Solutions Program for University Students into their existing entrepreneurial programs and support functions currently in place.

  • Universities would offer interested students a "track" at the beginning of the school year that would result in a final presentation relating to the SDGs. The track would include information about the SDGs in conjunction with entrepreneurial opportunities to advance them (speakers, web meetings, etc.). Students will be encouraged to coordinate their interests with a cohort at the local, national or international level to illustrate the multi-level applications of the SDGs.

Presentations (General Outline):

Presentations will take place at a facility related to the UN in New York City. Each university will choose one team to participate in the competition.. A panel of experts in that year’s focus SDG will judge the presentations, of each university and the winning team will receive a financial award. The university will be responsible for distributing the award to the students and the institution according to its policies.

Spring 2020 Program:

The program is targeting a number of universities to participate in the Fall 2020 program.

For more information, please contact:

Rick Flath, President, ILSC: rcflath@uecbiz.com

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