ECE Innovation Challenge: Explore/Create/Solve

Organizations are constantly in need of new insights and innovative ideas to deal with challenges they face. The Innovation Challenges is a crowd-sources platform where students, startups and professionals develop ideas and solutions for problems companies, institutions and governmental organisations encounter. Next to solving challenges for organisations, the goal is to stimulate new startups which bring the solutions to market.

This year’s challenge
This year, the cases for the ECE Innovation Challenge are provided by Medical Delta and Esri. Medical Delta proposes the challenge of developing an idea, product or service to give an answer to the following question: How to inspire the older generation to get the most out of life and to continue making a contribution to the society?From 2013, the age at which someone is entitled to general old-age pension (Aow) will increase gradually. The Rutte government wants to raise the Aow age to 66 years in 2018 and to 67 years in 2021. The move is necessary as increasingly fewer employed people bear the costs of the Aow scheme. But what if people on pensionable age would remain productive? Medical Delta intends to support the older generation by encouraging individuals to achieve realistic ambitions based on their own abilities and self-management. Medical Delta has conducted research focused on four domains: work, self-management, housing and environment and social connectivity. Results let us see that the number of elder people who are productive is growing. Elder people are willing to remain productive under certain circumstances such as working fewer hours and by taking responsibility of their own health. Can you develop an idea, product or service for this purpose?


  • 11 November: deadline for sending in your proposition (PDF file max.10 MB) to
  • 13 November: a max. of 30 persons/teams (2-4 persons) will be selected for the bootcamp.
  • 20-22 November: bootcamp (applying can only be done upon availability on 20-22 November).
  • 22 November: announcement of winning team, which will be awarded with 2.500 euro.

Click here for more information and to apply.

The ECE Innovation Challenge is an initiative of Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship