Previous Hult Prize winners have gone onto create the largest alternative protein industry in micro-livestock, the world's largest distributor of solar lights and India's fastest growing loyalty and rewards program target at the world's poorest.  The ability to build as opposed to identify great social ventures is what differentiates the Hult Prize from any other platform in the world.

 

 

  • 2013 Global Food Crisis

    The Global Food Crisis was the official challenge of the 2013 Hult Prize. It was personally selected by Former US President Bill Clinton. President Clinton called to action university students around the world to develop social enterprises to eradicate one of modern day’s most critical yet solvable issues. He encouraged students to explore innovative solutions to the problem through a variety of lenses: distribution, manufacturing, production, technology. The Global Food Crisis is very real. Nearly one billion people are hungry. That’s one out of every four children. There are more hungry people on the planet than the combined populations of the USA, Canada and Europe. Ironically, our global economy produces enough food each year to feed everyone. Yet more than one-third of the food generated for human consumption continues to be lost or wasted.

    2013 Global Food Security

    The Global Food Crisis was the official challenge of the 2013 Hult Prize. It was personally selected by Former US President Bill Clinton. President Clinton called to action university students around the world to develop social enterprises to eradicate one of modern day’s most critical yet solvable issues. He encouraged students to explore innovative solutions to the problem through a variety of lenses: distribution, manufacturing, production, technology. The Global Food Crisis is very real. Nearly one billion people are hungry. That’s one out of every four children. There are more hungry people on the planet than the combined populations of the USA, Canada and Europe. Ironically, our global economy produces enough food each year to feed everyone. Yet more than one-third of the food generated for human consumption continues to be lost or wasted.

    The winner, Aspire Food Group from McGill University, not only created a start-up to solve this global challenge, they created an entire industry: micro-livestock.  Learn more by watching their progress video here

  • 2012

    2012 Energy Poverty

    The theme of 2012 was global energy poverty. To combat the issue at grass-root level, university students were challenged to find solutions to challenges faced by 1.3 billion people in the world living in the dark, with the specific mission of eliminating the use of the kerosene lamps in Africa by 2018.  A legacy program, the previous format of the Hult Prize called on students from around the world to work in tandem with leading companies having an impact in the sector.  This edition of the Hult Prize program asked students to develop their own, independent start-ups that aim to solve a critical challenge that President Clinton personally selects each year. 

    2012 Energy Poverty

    The theme of 2012 was global energy poverty. To combat the issue at grass-root level, university students were challenged to find solutions to challenges faced by 1.3 billion people in the world living in the dark, with the specific mission of eliminating the use of the kerosene lamps in Africa by 2018.  A legacy program, the previous format of the Hult Prize called on students from around the world to work in tandem with leading companies having an impact in the sector.  This edition of the Hult Prize program asked students to develop their own, independent start-ups that aim to solve a critical challenge that President Clinton personally selects each year.

    The winning idea, which came from the New York University, Abu Dhabi, led to the creation of Sunny Money, which is now a subsidiary of Solar-Aid and the largest distributor of solar lamps in Africa.  Sunny Money is on pace to achieve complete eradication of the kerosene lamp in Africa by 2020. 

     

  • 2011
    2011 Clean Water Crisis

    In 2011, the Hult Prize teamed up with Matt Damon and Water.org and challenged students worldwide to tackle the world’s Clean Water Crisis. The challenge highlighted the fact that 2.5 billion people in the world lacked access to clean water and sanitation - basic human rights. The University of Cambridge based start-up, m.Paani developed an innovative business model that was modeled after the key insight that there were more people in the world that had access to a cell phone than a toilette.  Today, m.Paani is India's largest loyalty and rewards program that targets the urban slum and the world's poorest.  Instead of hotel nights and airline miles, m.Paani customers receive social rewards that can be redeemed for clean water credits for things that they already buy. m.Paani founder and CEO, Akanksha Hazari has been named one of India's top female entrepreneurs for her groundbreaking work.

    2011 Clean Water Crisis

    In 2011, the Hult Prize Foundation teamed up with Matt Damon and Water.org and challenged students worldwide to tackle the world’s Clean Water Crisis. The challenge highlighted the fact that 2.5 billion people in the world lacked access to clean water and sanitation - basic human rights. The University of Cambridge based start-up, m.Paani developed an innovative business model that was modeled after the key insight that there were more people in the world that had access to a cell phone than a toilette. 

    Today, m.Paani is India's largest loyalty and rewards program that targets the urban slum and the world's poorest.  Instead of hotel nights and airline miles, m.Paani customers receive social rewards that can be redeemed for clean water credits for things that they already buy. m.Paani founder and CEO, Akanksha Hazari has been named one of India's top female entrepreneurs for her groundbreaking work.

  • 2010
    2010 Education 

    This inaugural Hult Prize (previously known as Global Case Challenges) brought together over 300 of the world’s leading MBA, graduate and undergraduate students in Boston, London, Dubai and Shanghai to present strategies to enable ‘One Laptop Per Child’, a U.S. non-profit organisation, to achieve its goal of providing educational opportunities for the world’s poorest children by developing, producing and distributing affordable laptops, particularly in developing countries. The winning idea, which was turned over to the OLPC executive team, contributed to the development of the recently deployed OLPC tablet, which includes the winning team's idea for an integrated One Laptop App Store, which enabled the mothers of the children to use the meshing infrastructure to trade goods and services with other slums and villages where the computers were deployed.

    2010 Education 

    The inaugural Hult Prize (previously known as Global Case Challenges) brought together over 300 of the world’s leading MBA, graduate and undergraduate students in Boston, London, Dubai and Shanghai to present strategies to enable ‘One Laptop Per Child’, a U.S. non-profit organisation, to achieve its goal of providing educational opportunities for the world’s poorest children by developing, producing and distributing affordable laptops, particularly in developing countries. The winning idea, which was turned over to the OLPC executive team, contributed to the development of the recently deployed OLPC tablet, which includes the winning team's idea for an integrated One Laptop App Store, which enabled the mothers of the children to use the meshing infrastructure to trade goods and services with other slums and villages where the computers were deployed.

    The success of the inaugural Hult Prize, led to the eventual funding and establishment of the Hult Prize Foundation. Then CEO, and now Chairman of OLPC, Charles "Chuck" Kane , continues to play a critical role in the Hult Prize and currently serves as a board member.


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