Knowledge Alliance for Business Opportunity Recognition in SDGs (SGD4BIZ)


Knowledge Alliance for Business Opportunity Recognition in SDGs (SGD4BIZ)

Knowledge Alliance for Business Opportunity Recognition in SDGs (SGD4BIZ)

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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations are likely not met by the target year 2030, if companies do not recognize and utilize the business opportunities inherent in them. 380 million jobs would be created and €10 trillion in business opportunities would be unlocked if SDGs were realized by 2030. At the moment, companies are not able to utilize this growth potential and higher educational institutions (HEIs) do not adequately support the competence building of future managers and policy makers for solving the world’s most urgent problems. Current training efforts of SDGs focus on awareness building only, not business opportunity recognition and economic development related to SDGs. Thus, an innovative and scalable curriculum and training material is needed.Knowledge Alliance for Business Opportunities in SDGs (SDG4BIZ) creates, tests and disseminates a curriculum and training material on recognizing and realizing the business opportunities in SDGs. An innovative pedagogical solution is created targeting both European HEIs and companies and delivered via project partners’ viable learning platform. The training addresses 60 most relevant business opportunities inherent in SDGs with 5 Modules: 1) shared value business opportunity recognition & specific opportunities in 2) food and agriculture, 3) cities, 4) energy and materials & 5) health and wellbeing. During the project (until 2023) 80% of teaching staff of Partner HEI’s (4) (1500 teachers) have been trained and impact has been measured. 30% (600) of teachers have integrated SDG business potential in their teaching. 115 companies have trained their staff (80 000) and 60% (48 000) of staff have taken the training knowhow for process and product development. By 2027, as a result of realizing these opportunities, the companies create new business focusing on SDGs and become more competitive as the curriculum is used by 200-500 of HEIs and 2000-5000 of European companies, enhancing growth.

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978.890 €

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65.932 €


Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Finland


Erasmus+ KA203 Strategic Partnerships in Higher Education




  • Yaşar University, Turkey
  • Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, Finland
  • Brainplus, Austria
  • Slovak University of Technology, Slovakia
  • Its Learning, Finland
  • Fondazione Fenice, İtaly
  • Tknika, Spain

Institutional Project Coordinator

Prof.Dr. Çağrı BULUT