Hult Prize Peru

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 Peru



Participating in Hult Prize Peru


Schools Represented across Peru

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

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César has been involved in leadership, entrepreneurship and sustainability for several years.
He co-founded Debate Esan, a competitive debate university team under the British Parliamentary format, and he was its Captain from 2013 to 2015. During this time, he was invited as Judge of international tournaments in Chile and Perú.
In 2013, he won the competition Para Quitarse el Sombrero 2013 of the Romero’s Foundation in the category “digital education”, startup with which he also won the extended mentoring program of Startup Academy.
In 2014, he co-organized the 1st Meeting of Young Entrepreneurs COY-EJE at Esan University and the 10th Youth Conference COY10 of the Conference of the Parties COP20, the most important climate change global event.
He holds a degree in Economics and International Business from Esan University. Due to his outstanding academic results, he acquired the membership of the International Business Honor Society “Beta Gamma Sigma”.
César met the Hult Prize Foundation in 2016, the first year in which the global competition was held in Peru and he was Campus Director of Hult Prize at Esan. Due to his performance he was invited to join as Head of Campus Programs in 2017 and now he became the National Program Director this 2018.

César Loredo Rosillo 

National Program Director

Ronald was Student Director at International Business Model Competition 2016 and Campus Director at Hult Prize at UNI in 2017 with the highest number of participating teams in the Hult Prize Peru that year. He has more than 6 years of experience as an entrepreneur and since 2016 lead university entrepreneurship in Startup UNI, business incubator with a technological base of the National University of Engineering. Currently CEO and Co-founder of Thesiana, a collaborating community that connects mentors and advisors with thesis students to boost research in Latin America. He was Director of Digital Strategy at Proyecto Ayni, the first Peruvian team to participate in Solar Decathlon 2015, a global competition for solar sustainable houses. Ex Social Media Manager at E-quipu, network of university entrepreneurs in more than 15 universities in LatAm. Thanks to his formation as a Statistical Engineer and passion for education and social innovation has been part of multiple university, social and business projects contributing with the leadership and resolution quota to solve the presented entrepreneurship opportunities.

Ronald Barzola
Head of Campus Programs
Oscar is Co-Founder and founder Director of Planning and Development of Panal Peru, a multilatina organization present in 5 countries, which executes a program of school leadership and social pre-entrepreneurship for vulnerable schools in Peru. The organization has impacted more than 200 young people in 3 regions of Peru. Now he is part of the Board and his challenge is to contribute to increasing the scale of the social impact.
He is a member of the Teach For All educational network and graduated from the Enseña Perú Leadership Program where he was a full-time teacher at a vulnerable school for 2 years.
He has worked in the public sector and the private sector in institutions such as the Central Reserve Bank of Peru, Ministry of Education (Perú), the Inter-American Finance Bank and the El Comercio Group in roles related to Planning and Project Management.
He is now Head of Finance of Enseña Perú, responsible for financial planning and control of the impact investment in the organization.
Parallel to his activities at Hult Prize Peru, he collaborates as an active member in Coherencia Peru, a youth political organization and in Lima Microfinance Initiative (LMI) as a member and consultant on issues related to Education and Financial Inclusion. He is also a speaker and trainer on issues related to business model design and business plan.
Oscar holds a degree in International Business Administration, a certification in Development Management Projects and a diploma in Entrepreneurship Management for Emerging Countries.
Óscar Guillén
Head of Alumni
Carlo Angeles is National Director for Promotion, Organization and Management of Youth under the National Youth Authority at the Ministry of Education.
Carlo holds a degree in Psychology from San Ignacio de Loyola University and has received specialization training at the University of Cologne – Germany and at Harvard University. He is currently finishing his Master in Public Administration from San Martin de Porres University.
Carlo has founded youth lead organization Somos el Presente, empowering young people to address sustainable development. He has worked involving young people in policy design and implementation processes in Peru, Colombia and Argentina.
He has been invited as keynote speaker and participant at several international processes. In addition, he was invited as judge for TIC Americas 2016/2017, the competition for innovation and youth entrepreneurship organized by the Organization of American States and the Young Americas Business Trust, which distributes more than 150,000 dollars in prizes. He has also been invited as judge for for United States Agency for International Development – Young Women Transform Prize.
He currently serves as member of the Advisory Board of SISE University Business School.
Carlo has been involved with the Hult Prize since 2014, and is Co-Founder of Hult Prize Peru.
Óscar Guillén
Head of Alumni


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.