Global Student Challenge

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More than 100 Countries
More than 700 Universities
More than 30,000 Students
More than 250 Teachers

About the Challenge

#1 Student Competition
in the world

The Global Student Challenge is so much more than just an international student competition! It offers students the chance to gain valuable knowledge and further develop their soft and hard skills that they learned during their curriculum course.

Ultimately, what we aim to achieve with the Global Student Challenge is to help students expand their professional network which might open new doors for them and their future.

May the best team win!

The Challenge, now in its 10th edition, pits teams from top business schools and universities from across the globe against each other in the search for the world’s Top Talent in Supply Chain Management, - Finance, and circular economy.

The final will be an intense competition among the top value chain students around the world. Unexpected turns of events will make the battle fierce as teams compete for the coveted Global Champion title and prizes!

Participation Criteria for Students

  • The participation criteria:
  • Teams must consist of 4 higher education students.
  • Participating students should be full-time or part-time students at bachelor or master level, during the school year 2023/2024.
  • Teams that qualify for the Global Final cannot contain students that participated in a Global Final previously.
  • The competition is open to students that have experienced The Fresh Connection, The Cool Connection, The Blue Connection or The Triple Connection in a course, hosted by an educator, who has been certified by Inchainge.
  • Now open to students participating in the Pilot Program. If you don’t have The Fresh Connection, The Cool Connection, or The Blue Connection in your curriculum but still want to participate, talk to your teacher about the business game and the opportunity of introducing a new learning tool into your course.
  • Important note: Students are not allowed to sign up or participate in a ‘Train the Trainer’ or any other type of workshop, exclusively for educators organized by Inchainge or partner network. Doing so will automatically disqualify this student from participating in the competition.

Business Games

Since we are dealing with time zones from California to South Korea we are limited in the timeframe that everyone can be online during reasonable hours. Therefore, the Global Final Week for this edition will only include The Fresh Connection.

However, students who have The Cool Connection or The Blue Connection can enter the competition. Qualification is only possible by competing with The Fresh Connection in the Global Qualifications Rounds.

Participants get to run their own virtual company called The Fresh Connection, a manufacturer of fruit juices. Faced with declining performance, the management team must get the company back on track as quickly as possible. It is a high-pressure environment in which effective supply chain management is the key to success!

Teams will experience the impact of every decision they make, not just in their own functional ‘silo’ but across their business, and the entire value chain! Each team member will each assume an executive roll: VP Finance, VP Purchasing, VP Supply Chain, or VP Sales.


Prof. Dr. Michiel Steeman opening the Global Final at Windesheim University of applied sciences
  • Curriculum course

    You will play The Fresh connection, The Cool Connection, The Blue Connection or The Triple Connection

  • Local Final Not always the case

    In some exceptional cases qualification is organized locally in certain countries. Unless this is announced by your professor, this is not the case for your course.

  • Global Qualification rounds

    Three Qualification rounds will be held and the top 10% of each course is invited to participate. The best performing student teams during the curriculum course are automatically invited. The top teams receive information in the game on how to join one of the Global Qualification rounds. These are online events and the top teams are guaranteed a spot in the Global Online Final.

    Global Online Qualification 1: January 15th - February 4th
    Global Online Qualification 2: March 11th - March 31st
  • Global Final

    May 6th – May 10th, 2024

    The final phase of the Global Student Challenge Edition 2023-2024 is the Global Final! Out of thousands of teams only the best will battle for the Champion title and prizes!


Great rewards await all participants!
Get ready for big surprises at the Global Student Final!

International networking

You will meet students and teachers from top universities from all over the world. Share your culture and learn about others during the Global Final. Take with you an unforgettable experience!

Professional Training

The world's leading companies use Inchainge's business games to train personnel in the complexities of Value Chain Management. The Challenge allows students to bridge theory and practice in a real-life and volatile virtual market environment.


As a Global Finalist, you become part of an elite community of the best and brightest talents globally. The once in a lifetime experience you’ve shared provides memories and a special bond that will last a lifetime.

Cash Prizes

You will be battling for the honor of being the Global Champion. However, the top teams also compete for €10,000 in prizes.


Top teams can proudly demonstrate their performance with official certificates!


The winner usually takes all of the glory! However, this unique experience is what makes all Global Finalist true champions. You develop crucial hard- and soft skills beneficial to your future career. It shows that you are a true team player, you obtained real world experience, practiced critical thinking, and so much more.

Getting started is easy!

Option 1: Integrate any of our business game(s) in a curriculum course.

Since 2018, the competition is only open to students that have experienced The Fresh Connection, The Cool Connection, The Blue Connection, or The Triple Connection in a course, hosted by an educator, who has been certified by Inchainge.

Option 2: Get started with our Pilot Program!

Attention educators! The Challenge is on and we're inviting schools from around the world to join our pilot program. By participating, your students will have the opportunity to compete in the Global Student Challenge, the #1 student competition in the world.

If you're interested in participating but your curriculum doesn't include The Fresh Connection, The Cool Connection, The Blue Connection, or The Triple Connection, don't worry! Simply speak to your professor about entering our pilot program and have them connect with us.

Our business simulation games provide a realistic and professional setting to practice and develop Value Chain skills. They're the perfect addition to any university classroom. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity. Connect with us today to learn more about our pilot program!

Past Edition

Read all about the Global Final of the Global Student Challenge 2022-2023

The Global Student Challenge 2023 has come to a close, and what a ride it’s been! With 199 students from 47 teams, and 18 countries hailing from all corners of the world battling for the champion title and prizes worth a total of €10,000. These brilliant minds came together to take on the world’s leading supply chain business game, The Fresh Connection.