with the nordic counsil of ministers

arctic opportunities

Ready to make a difference in the Arctic? Join us for the second round of our Arctic Opportunity Explorers programme, starting September 2021.

skills that change the world

from inspiration to action

The Arctic Opportunity Explorer is a virtual learning programme that aims to equip students with not only unique problem-solving skills to approach the challenges faced by Arctic communities, but also the professional skills needed in today’s digitised, globalised world.

Last year, our Arctic Opportunity Explorers programme officially kicked off with an inaugural group of students representing 11 universities and 9 countries around the world. Read more about last years project below. 

Now in its second round, we will continue to empower students on their entrepreneurial journey with support provided by eight partner universities, global biotech firm Novozymes, and the HelloScience digital platform. 

collaborate with students across the world

guided innovation

The Arctic is a fragile environment, with unique social and environmental challenges. We believe that the youth have what it takes to combat these challenges, through sustainable innovations. 

The Arctic Opportunity Explorers challenge brings together pioneers from universities around the globe and equips them with digital tools and theoretical frameworks to address some of the most complex challenges facing the Arctic.

Student entrepreneurs will be paired with professional mentors for guidance and will have the opportunity to engage in professional development throughout the program. 

contribute to agenda 2030

SDGs as lanterns

The Sustainable Development Goals can help to guide Arctic Opportunity Explorers. We show how they can be built into business plans to drive positive change. 

This program is particularly focused on utilising SDG 17, partnerships for the goals, to uplift and promote discussions surrounding SDG 3, good health and well-being, and SDG 5, gender equality. 

identify a challenge, collaborate to solve it 

address arctic challenges

Students must identify a challenge that exists in Arctic communities today that is connected to sustainable development with a component related to either gender equality or the rights and well-being of children. 

Once you truly understand the scope of the challenges, we will help students group to collaboratively ideate and iterate potential solutions. Each group’s entrepreneurial journey will be showcased on Novozymes’ digital collaboration platform, HelloScience. The final version of the teams’ ideas will be presented and judged by a panel of experts at the conclusion of the programme. 

process overview


promote change in the arctic

why you should join


Besides being part of a unique journey towards fighting climate change, inequality and other prominent challenges in the Arctic, you can expect:

  • Branding via numerous social media posts (Twitter, LinkedIn & Facebook)
  • Showcasing on Sustainia’s webpage and digital space and those of our partners
  • One outstanding student will be awarded an internship with Sustainia
  • The winning team will receive a monetary award to help move their solution from idea to reality


  • The chance to define focus areas and set the agenda for student solutions.

Professional mentors  

  • Influence the next generation of sustainable change-makers. 


  • Promotion across our social media platforms and opportunities for professors and staff to conduct webinars and highlight their work.
  • Get your students engaged in subject material that goes beyond the classroom. 

let's start the conversation

Lindsey Chaffin

Project Manager

Rasmus Schjødt Pedersen

CEO & Partner