Young Innovators

Young Innovators explore and creatively contribute to the renewal of their social, economic and natural ecosystems

Young Innovators is an extracurricular honours programme designed for curious and socially involved students. You can follow this programme (15 EC) on top of any Master’s degree of the Utrecht University.

Combine head, hearts, and hands

The Young Innovators programme stands for sustainability, social innovation, and regenerativity. A regenerative society contributes to and cares for the earth and its diverse communities. This programme is a community of changemakers that focuses on creating positive impact through social innovation and personal leadership. The programme offers you the chance to work on interdisciplinary issues related to the wellbeing of our society. It is a practical learning journey during which you work in an interdisciplinary team of students towards social innovation. Through systems thinking you think about the structures, paradigms of thought, and sources of visible behaviours and how to affect change. 


Workshops are organized on topics such as innovation processes, teamwork, group dynamics, and leadership. Young Innovators allows room for reflexive growth, with learning spaces to develop these skills and practices. The programme asks you to develop personal and community leadership. You will embark on an inspired journey for meaning and understanding amidst the complex challenges our societies face.

Creative and active-oriented research

The Young Innovators programme is based on creative and action-oriented research in diverse groups of international students. During the programme you will focus on who you are as a person and what drives you to enact social change. You will reflect on who we are as a community and how we can support each other. Lastly, Young Innovators works with outside communities on real issues to achieve change.