The teachers of Clusius College have sent in the NIK project in order to compete for the “impact prize contest 2019” within the category VET.

The contest is organized by GroenPact a Dutch networking organization for sharing and transferring knowledge within the green industries.

All projects that, in one way or another, have an impact on food, climate, and/or quality of life are eligible. Not only large, but also small projects can participate; all initiatives that show how important our sector is can compete for the price.

Registration was possible until 15 November 2019.


1)     At least three students worked on the project and worked together with one or more companies or social institutions.
2)     The project has had an impact on a real problem or problem in practice.
3)     The project has led to a new solution in the field of food, climate or quality of life.
4)     The solution has really been used in practice.
5)     The project was carried out in 2018 and/or 2019.

All participants of the projects that are shortlisted by the professional jury will be invited to be present at the award ceremony of the Impact Prize on 13 February 2020, during a special event for students at HAS University of Applied Sciences in den Bosch.

They should be willing to collaborate with video recordings and to provide additional visual material about the project that can be shown.

Participants have subscribed to the regulations and privacy statement Impact price contest green education 2019.

There are four award categories:
– VMBO green (high schools)
– VET green (professional education, agricultural and horticultural related)
– Higher green education (universities for applied science, agricultural and horticultural related)
– University in green education (master level)

For each category, the project team of the best project wins a prize worth € 2,500.00. The prize will be awarded on 13 February, during a special event for students at the HAS University of Applied Sciences in Den Bosch.

The entries will be judged by a professional jury. This jury evaluates the projects on the following aspects:

1)     contribution to concrete solutions for company, social institution or society;
2)     the impact on food, climate and/or quality of life;
3)     degree of innovation, i.e.: has led to truly new solutions and/or new cooperation between companies, social institutions, schools, research and/or government;
4)     the project is transferable, i.e. it can be applied several times and/or on a larger scale.
5)     visibility of the project in the media