Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Entrepreneurship College - SDG #1 Edition

SDG 1: No Poverty


SDG 1 is about ending poverty in all its forms everywhere. According to the United Nations, it’s the most important goal. By 2030 all poverty everywhere needs to be eradicated. But what else does this goal mean? What does poverty mean in the Netherlands? And how can you contribute to achieving this goal as an entrepreneur?

Every second Thursday of the month, we organize lectures around the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. Our guest speakers are academic experts and entrepreneurs working in the field of the SDGs. They discuss root causes, challenges, relevant theories, and important stakeholders. 

Every entrepreneurship college is committed to one of the sustainable development goals. Our mission is to introduce the goals to everyone who is interested in the goals, but also to entrepreneurs or future entrepreneurs that want to make the world a better place through entrepreneurship.

For each course we invite an expert to explain one of the goals, to provide insight into why urgent change is needed and what the consequences would be if we failed to achieve the goals. After the expert, an entrepreneur comes to talk about his or her company and answers the following questions. Why are they trying to achieve the relevant SDG? How do they do this? And how do innovations and technology play a role in this? The lecture will end by a short talk from Bart Grevenhof, project manager of the entrepreneurship program at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, who briefly provides insights into the latest technologies.

Our goal is to welcome and inspire students, teachers and professionals of all kinds of backgrounds.

This month, October 10, we will talk about SDG 1, no poverty. This goal includes more than eradicating extreme poverty. It’s also about social security, equal rights and access to basic needs. An expert speaker will talk about SDG 1 more deeply, followed up by an entrepreneur that talks about her/his company, how they contribute to achieving the goal, why they do it and how they use technology.



Dr. Edith van Ewijk works as a researcher for the University of Amsterdam and the NCDO Foundation. She has published on the Sustainable Development Goals, the aid and trade agenda, global health, land rights and migration. With experience in Morocco, Turkey, Indonesia, Kenya and Bolivia.

She will answer the following questions about SDG 1: what exactly is the goal as intended by the V.N.? Why is it important? How does this relate to your own work in this area? Where do you see opportunities for (social) entrepreneurs to contribute to achieving these goals?


On Tey Al-Rjula his drivers' license is written that he’s born in an unknown city. But in fact, he’s born in Kuwait during the gulf war. He does not have a birth certificate and no one could possibly verify his identity due to destroyed birth registries. Thousands of refugees face the same pain and are unable to verify the authenticity of their documents and lost other important documents such as land titles and academic certificates on the road.

Imagine all the difficulties and disappointments you encounter once you’re invisible. This inspired and motivated Tey and his partners to start the company Tykn, a social blockchain start-up. Tykn allows public and private institutions to issue and verify digital identity credentials. It’s an innovative way to share and request personal data proofs which protects identities against getting lost.

Want to know more about Tey’s story? The start- up Tykn? Why this company his contributing in achieving Sustainable Development Goal 1? Come to the entrepreneurship college October 10 in Restaurant Café de Tropen and meet Tey!


17.15 - 17.30 Arrival Restaurant de Tropen
17.30 - 18.00 Expert: TO BE ANNOUNCED 
18.00 - 18.30 Innovatieve start-up: TO BE ANNOUNCED
18.30 - 18.40 Update newest technologies by Bart van Grevenhof
18.40 - 18.50 Q&A 
19.00 - 20.00 Happy Hour @Cafe de Tropen

Jos Hummelen (SO/Creatie) moderates the event.

Entrepreneurship College

Entrepreneurship College - The SDG Edition is een innitiatief van het KIT Royal Tropical InstituteHvA - Hogeschool van AmsterdamDe Tropen café & restaurant and the SDG House.

Published by  Entrepreneurship 3 October 2019