Global Student Challenge

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More than 100 Countries
More than 700 Universities
More than 25,000 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 8th 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 students at bachelor or master level, during the school year 2021/2022, who are 30 years or younger.
  • 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 or The Blue 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 or The Blue Connection in class over the period of time your teacher has decided.

  • 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: November 8th - December 5th
    Global Online Qualification 2: January 17th - February 13th
    Global Online Qualification 3: March 7th - April 4th
  • Global Final

    April 30th – May 6th, 2022

    The final phase of the Global Student Challenge Edition 2021-2022 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.

€10,000 in 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 or The Blue Connection in a course, hosted by an educator, who has been certified by Inchainge.

Option 2: Get started with our Pilot Program!

We now opened up the Challenge again to schools from all around the world! Those who are participating in a pilot program can now also compete for a spot in the Global Final! The pilot program gives 25 students access to one of our simulations and grants their educator free access to the Inchainge Connect educator conference. On top of that there are many additional benefits at only a very small investment!

Therefore, if you wish your students to participate but don’t have The Fresh Connection, The Cool Connection, or The Blue Connection in your curriculum yet, we encourage you to speak to your professor about entering our pilot program and have him/her connect with us. The business simulation games provide a great opportunity to gain and practice Value Chain skills in a professional and realistic setting and are a great addition to any university classroom!

Are you an educator interested in our pilot program? Let’s connect!

Past Edition

Read all about the Global Final of the Global Student Challenge 2020-2021

The Global Final of the Global Student Challenge took place fully online for the first time ever on May 2nd till May 8th, 2021. This was the biggest Global Final ever with 197 students in 48 participating teams from 33 different universities and 17 countries battling against each other for the Champion title and EUR 10,000 in prizes!