Hult Prize Ecuador

Harnessing the Power of Energy
to Transform the lives of 10 million people

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Since 2012, the Hult Prize has been
a benchmark competition for social entrepreneurs.


Slum-Dwellers Targeted

2018 Hult Prize stretch target for individuals impacted by winning idea.


Million Hours

Estimated for 2017. Total applications multiplied by average hours spent per team per challenge via poll of past participants.


Startup Ideas 

Sum of all regional finalists teams through 2015 competition.

“One of the top 5 ideas changing the world”

– President Bill Clinton for Time Magazine, October 2012


Annual Applications

Total number of applications in all rounds of 2018 Hult Prize Ecuador



Participating in Hult Prize Ecuador


Schools Represented across 17 cities in Ecuador


Competition Process


Download the President’s challenge


Build your team of 3-4 members


Register to compete in the national competition


Winning team joins the 2-month accelerator

Download Challenge Guide

Francisco will serve as the National Director for Hult Prize Ecuador, which includes setting up the corporation, hiring the team, launching the Hult Prize Ecuador competition, and managing the day-to-day operations while liaising directly with his board and the senior management of Hult Prize Foundation in Boston.


Francisco has an MPA in International Development from the London School of Economics and Politics and a BA in Political Science, a double major in International Studies and a minor in Leadership from East Texas Baptist University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with Distinction in Political Science. He’s passionate for social systemic change, social entrepreneurship, international development, poverty alleviation, innovative policy making, development economics and public speaking. Francisco has a cumulative of 9 years of experience in social projects and 5 years of experience in for-profit and non-profit management. He managed the law firm of former Texas Senator Richard Anderson and founded a nonprofit social enterprise in Texas called Social Media for Change.


Francisco has consulted for Oxford Policy Management for the empirical analysis of the data collected from a Randomized Controlled Trial in Kazakhstan to evaluate the impact of the Conditional Cash Transfer from BOTA Foundation in Female Labor Outcomes. Francisco has also been a social enterprise consultant for NairoBits, a Kenyan NGO which used his expertise to transition into a hybrid social enterprise, developing income generating activities and creating sustainable revenue streams. As a natural entrepreneur, Francisco was also a Regional Hult Prize finalist in 2016 with a startup called KENEKTA that he founded along with three other team members. They competed at the Dubai semi-final event.


In 2015/16 there was no Ecuadorian team participating at Hult Prize. In 2016/17 Francisco took the challenge and brought Hult Prize to Ecuador as National Director, putting a senior high-talented team together, kick-started HPEC from scratch with zero resources, managed to have 9 @Campus events, held a National event with prestigious judges and 35 teams, bringing a total of 10 teams to the Regional Finals. Francisco has also managed to secure various cash and in-kind deals already. This is the reason Francisco would be also a founding member in the BOD.


Francisco currently teaches entrepreneurship at the best university in Ecuador, Universidad San Francisco de Quito. He is also the Coordinating Ambassador of South America for One Young World, the world largest youth leadership summit.


Francisco Abad
National Program Director

Priscila is an International Business Graduated, expert in negotiation and organization of national and international events. She was working at the Young Americas Business Trust of the Organization of American States in which she managed logistic and preparation of the Talent and Innovation Competition of the Americas.


Priscila is a leader, actually managing the partnerships of Hult Prize Ecuador and the national events. She was the President of the Student Government and the President of the Club of Commerce and International Business in which she fundraised money from scratch and held several big events and entrepreneurship completions with students from all over Ecuador.


Priscila Mora Alvarez

Ecuador Director of Partnerships

Max studied International Business at ESPOL. He is candidate for Master in Innovation and Development of Business Projects by the University of Valencia. Actually, he is working as technical Researcher of the Competitiveness and Innovation Center and ESPAE. Max is the Evaluation Coordinator of  Educate Foundation.


Max Núñez Tomaselli

Ecuador Director of Operations

Sebastian has bachelor of arts in international affairs. He first got involved in entrepreneurship programs as an intern at Impaqto, one of the most important co-working places at Quito. Since then, he was part of Campus Party Ec 2016; B system program, as an attendee of this social businesses oriented proposal. He helped to promote “World without wars”, conducted by Espacio NoViolento Ecuador and helped in the international affairs line of Pressenza. He was the leader of the first edition of Hult Prize @ Campus at PUCE. And he is helping now at Hult Prize @ Campus directing more than 40 universities.


Sebastian  Sanchez

Ecuador On-Campus Program Director


Sep 16

Challenge Announced

2018 Hult Prize challenge on energy is announced

Oct 2

Applications Open

Applications open and 2018 President’s challenge on energy released

Dec 23

Application Deadline

Final application deadline 11:59pm EST

Jan 9

Regional Teams Selected

15 Regional Finalist Announced

Mar 4

Regionals Begin

Regional semi-final rounds begin

Apr 1

Wildcard Round Opens

Wildcard round opens for chance to accepted in accelerator

May 7

Wildcard Finalist

Wild card winner accounced

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Hult Prize?

The Hult Prize is a start-up accelerator for social entrepreneurship which brings together the brightest college and university students from around the globe to solve the world’s most pressing issues.

The annual initiative is the world’s largest crowdsourcing platform for social good and one of the planet’s leading forces for good.

Participants compete in local events organized on campuses around the world or apply online to partake in the regional finals which are held in five international cities around the world, including: Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai, Shanghai and on-line.

Winning start-ups from each city move onto the Hult Prize Accelerator for the summer before attending the global finals, which are hosted by former President Bill Clinton. Collectively, more than ten thousand students, representing more than 150 countries around the world participate in the Hult Prize and spend over 2 million man-hours on solving the world’s most pressing issues.

Through crowdsourcing, training, mentorship and funding, the Hult Prize seeks to build and launch the next wave of social entrepreneurs.

Are participants supposed to solve a specific problem?

Yes. Each year, a pressing social challenge is selected by President Clinton and becomes the theme for the respective cycle. The “President’s Challenge” provides a specific and measurable objective that each participating team is intended to solve through the creation of a sustainable social enterprise.

In March, selected participants are invited to pitch their start-ups that specifically address the challenges identified in the case. A clearly defined framework is also provided to ensure your idea contains the necessary qualities and mandates to be an innovation breakthrough.

How can college and university students help with a social challenge?

Traditional non-profit organizations struggle to make a telling contribution despite having a potentially powerful solution to a problem. Not because they lack commitment or funding, but because they face execution hurdles that can only be solved by leveraging a wide range of skill-sets and an on-the-ground understanding of the situation.

Overcoming execution hurdles is what colleges and universities teach their students, specifically business schools, since the ability to execute is critical in business. Furthermore, business schools are home to a wide variety of students from different industries and countries that collectively have a very broad knowledge base. Harnessing this resource through crowd-sourcing innovative ideas and solutions is a technique that is poised to create radical breakthroughs in the social space.

How does the Hult Prize work?

The Hult Prize runs regional competitions in five cities around the world as well as an online “wildcard round,” a summer accelerator program, and a final pitch-off at the 2017 Hult Prize Global Finals. Your journey begins with a call to action by President Clinton in late September. Applications for participation in the Hult Prize Mexico event are now open, and teams will compete during the INCmty festival November 18, 2016. The top two teams will advance to one of the five regional finals worldwide, in either Dubai, London, Shanghai, San Francisco, or Boston. Regional winners then move on to a boot-camp style accelerator, where you will further work on the development of your social enterprise. At the conclusion of the accelerator your idea will be “investment ready” in the form of a company. Once complete, you will pitch your final start-up at the Hult Prize Global Finals, where the winner will receive USD1 million in seed capital to scale their enterprise. Interested participants can apply via the Apply Now link on this site.

Who is Hult?

Hult is the family name of Swedish born entrepreneur and billionaire, Bertil Hult, one of Europe’s leading entrepreneurs who founded EF Education First, the largest private education company in the world. Hult International Business School (formerly the Arthur D. Little School of Management) is a global business school with campuses in Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai and Shanghai. It is named after Bertil Hult. Hult is ranked in the top 20 business schools in the United States and in the top 100 in the world, including number one for international business. Today it has over 3000 students enrolled across its campuses, from over 130 different countries. The Hult family provides the annual USD1 million in seed capital awarded to the winner of the annual Hult Prize.

Why is Hult doing this?

The recent financial crisis has taught us the importance of practicing sound business ethics. The Hult Prize is dedicated to teaching college and university students from around the world that the skills they learn can be applied for-good as well as for-profit. Hult International Business School is a natural host for such an initiative. Not simply because it has a global campus network that can very effectively bring together students from all over the world, but also because many of the 130 countries that Hult students hail from face global challenges in the areas of energy, finance, hunger, disease and education; challenges that require solutions which are broad in scope, yet detailed in implementation.

Who gets the million dollars?

The winning student team and their new start-up. Each year the Hult Prize provides one million dollars in seed capital to the very best start-up for social good. The prize money is seeded into the newly created company, which will be run by the student team who came up with the idea.

How was the Hult Prize created?

The Hult Prize is the brainchild of Ahmad Ashkar, a Hult International Business School alumnus who developed the concept whilst still a student. Ahmad had the idea after seeing Charles Kane, the CEO of One Laptop Per Child, describe some of the challenges his organization faced during a speech in class. Ahmad is currently the CEO of the Hult Prize and continues to bring innovation and thought leadership to the social impact sector.