Student Idea Competition

Each year, the Student Project Team organises the Student Idea Competition where you can pitch your idea to a jury of experts at Maastricht University (UM) and win a cash prize to kick-start your idea and make it a reality.

The aim of the Student Idea Competition is to improve student life at UM. The Student Project Team, together with UM departments, develops the challenges and assigns student teams to each of them. Then, the teams develop their original and long-lasting effects ideas to solve the UM challenges. Once they have completed the first phase, the teams are offered workshops in preparation to the final award ceremony in front of the UM jury.

During the finale, the team with the best idea will win the highest cash prize; and so on for the second-best idea and the third-best idea.

Conditions for taking part

  • You have to be a student enrolled at the UM.
  • Your idea must aim to improve student life at the UM.
  • Your idea must be original.

How can you take part?

The 2023 edition of the Student Idea Competition is currently in the works. Stay tuned for the official announcement early 2023 by following us on Instagram  .

Competition winners


Eatly aims to decrease food waste, by offering high-quality fruits and vegetables that would otherwise go to waste.  


Digital Loan Service
Digital Loan Service aims to set up a system to lend electronic devices to students who temporarily cannot afford them and are experiencing problems with their studies as a result.


The Student Idea Competition 2020 was cancelled due to COVID-19.


Precious Plastic Maastricht
The idea the team presented was to install pen-recycling bins next to the bins already located inside UM.