SUGAR - The end of a 9-month journey

Daniela Musial-Lemberg

The 2022/23 SUGAR cycle is coming to an end. After almost nine months, eleven international student teams from the prestigious SUGAR Network for Design Innovation presented their innovation projects at SAP in Palo Alto. The event featured captivating pitches, impressive results and creative prototypes.


This year, our outstanding students from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) tackled three exciting projects. They collaborated with – Design Factory Mannheim to tackle a challenge from Diakonisches Werk on the topic of caregiver health. They also teamed up with the Hasso Plattner Institute to solve a CO2 reduction challenge for the GEA Group. And finally, students from Trinity College Dublin and KIT developed an innovative solution for telephone technical support.


We would like to thank our corporate partners for their trust, the students for their commitment and creativity and our university teachers for their collaboration.




If you also want to be part of this amazing journey, apply now. Applications for 2023/24 are open now until 30 June.

The SUAGR Network

SUGAR is a global network that brings together its corporate partners with students from 24 universities on four continents.

The Service Design Thinking (SDT) programme is more than just an ordinary course.

You will learn what it really takes to be an innovator. You will receive training in the human-centred innovation approach Design Thinking and work for nine months (September to June) in small, interdisciplinary and international teams on real business challenges. You will work directly with mentors from your partner company as well as with fellow students from renowned universities such as the University of St. Gallen. Along the way, you will visit international destinations known as innovation hotspots and stand on the stage of innovation events with several hundred participants.

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