Want to bring the
Global Movement to
Empowered to solve
the most critical social problems
Representing more than 45%
Hult Prize On Campus gives you an opportunity to deliver social change by bringing Hult Prize programs at your university. As part of the On Campus Program, you will be able to train, educate and inspire students by building an impact community around On Campus events. The winning team from your program will have a guaranteed spot at one of 25+ Regional Summits happening across the globe.
- Be part of an international
community of changemakers
- Become a social entrepreneurship
leader in your country
- Launch disruptive start-ups
- Introduce social change
- Career mentoring
- Internship opportunities
- Job Opportunities with Hult Prize
- Global finals exclusive tickets
- Flight and invitation to Global Accelerator
- Win a trip to the Global Finals
- Meet Muhammad Yunus
- VIP outing at our Global Accelerator
- Tickets to VIP Events
What is the Hult Prize?
The Hult Prize is the world’s biggest engine for the launch of for good, for-profit startups emerging from university with over 2500 staff and volunteers around the world. In nearly a decade, the movement has deployed more than $50M of capital into the sector and mobilized more than one million young people to re-think the future of business as it continues to breed disruptive innovation on college and university campuses across 100 plus countries.
You don’t need an idea to start. Participants compete in local events organized in cities, countries and on campuses around the world. Regional programs are hosted world-wide and winners of these events get to spend 8-weeks living, working, learning and playing in a castle in the UK. If you can’t make any of our in-person events, we also have a wild-card round which takes place virtually – everything happens in person, because that’s how you create entrepreneurs. If your university doesn’t host an on-campus round or you would just rather apply into a regional round, please apply using any of the links on this page. Regional events host on-campus winners and teams from around the world, so feel free to apply anywhere, not just the city closest to you. In 2018, we are hosting regional final events in over 25 countries which you can see in our official Regionals Page. Winning start-ups from each city move onto the Hult Prize Accelerator for the summer before attending the President Bill Clinton hosted global finals at the United Nations, which take place in September, during UNGA in NY. The Hult Prize is the official kick-off to UN GLOBAL GOALS WEEK, so it’s the perfect place to pitch for a million dollars. Collectively, more than one-million students around the world, representing more than 150 countries participate in the Hult Prize and spend over 50 million man-hours on solving the world’s most pressing issues. Tens of thousands more students organize various trainings and programming throughout the years. Through crowdsourcing, training, mentorship and funding, the Hult Prize seeks to build and launch the next wave of social entrepreneurs, all of whom are poised to change the world…. Ready?
Who can participate?
Students from any college or university in the world are invited to form teams of 3-4. You are considered a student if at the time of application submission, you have not yet graduated. Alumni and faculty are not allowed to be official team members.
What resources do participants get?
A broad range of resources are made available to students who decide to enter the Hult Prize, including one-million dollars in start-up capital to the winner along with an ecosystem that includes mentors, judges, enablers and others via the Hult Prize Accelerator.
Do I have to have an idea to participate?
No. An idea is NOT required to participate in the Hult Prize, as the objective is to build the next big start-up, not necessarily to identify it.
How do I get started on a start-up for social good?
Hult Prize provides a tool-kit to get started on building your social enterprise through the form of a case study. All you have to do is download the case study and get started.
What does the Hult Prize Challenge focus on?
The target social impact area of focus / theme for the Hult Prize changes every year. The 2019-20 theme will be announced in the 2019 Hult Prize Global Finals at the United Nations HQ.
Where does the Hult Prize take place?
Regional Finals for the Hult Prize are held in cities around the world in March and are not restricted to geographic location, so any team can participate anywhere. Historically the Hult Prize Accelerator and Global Finals have been hosted in Boston, London and New York City. Keep posted for upcoming updates!
How do I register to compete for the Hult Prize?
Teams can apply online for entry into the Regional Finals through hultprize.org or compete in a locally organized Hult Prize On Campus event, where the winner will bypass the application round and be guaranteed a place into one of +25 Regional Finals.
What is the timeline of the Hult Prize?
The general application window closes on December 29, 2019. Hult Prize On Campus events are completed by December 2019. Regional Finals take place on March 2019. The Hult Prize Global Accelerator takes place late June through mid August, AND THE 2019 Global Finals will take place in September 2019.
What happens after the Regional Finals?
Each Regional Final winning team advances to our Hult Prize Global Accelerator and our Global Final in September.
What is Hult Prize OnCampus?
Hult Prize OnCampus is a global program for the Hult Prize, where local university competition winners automatically advance into one of the +25 regional final events.
Who organizes Hult Prize On Campus events?
Students. The program allows student leaders on campus to organize their own, localized version of the Hult Prize, using a turn-key tool kit. Students interested in becoming their Campus Director should sign up to receive more information.
What are the advantages of hosting a Hult Prize OnCampus event?
Local events provide the university student body an opportunity to bypass the general application round and advance directly into the Hult Prize Regional Finals while better preparing students for the next round of competition. Last year, five out of the six global finalists came from the Hult Prize OnCampus rounds. In 2017, the overall champion was a Hult Prize OnCampus winner.
Can a team choose which Regional Final to compete in?
Yes, teams are not limited to entering the Regional Final nearest to their school. However, clearly the additional travel and accommodation costs and visa implications must be taken into account.
Who will cover travel costs?
Students will be responsible for any travel costs associated with competing in the Hult Prize. Fundraising and university support is common.
What if my team cannot afford these costs?
One of the most important parts of being an entrepreneur is the ability to raise funds. Historically, selected teams have not had an issue coming up with the funding required to attend one of our regional events. Often times universities afford the costs associated with travel and lodging, and in other cases teams have crowdfunded their way to the city of their choice. Think of this as the first challenge you will face as an up and coming start-up.
Who is behind Hult Prize On Campus?
Hult Prize On Campus is global program run by the Hult Prize Foundation with full time, dedicated staff in place to support Campus Directors and their events.
Who can participate in a Hult Prize On Campus event?
Hult Prize On Campus events are open to all students from the organizing university only; this includes undergraduate, graduate and PhD programs. Alumni and faculty are not allowed to be official team members.
When do Hult Prize On Campus events need to be completed?
All Hult Prize On Campus events for the 2018-2019 cycle must be completed by December 17, 2018
What happens to the teams that don’t win a Hult Prize On Campus event?
Teams that compete in their local Hult Prize On Campus competition and do not win can still apply to participate in one of +25 Regional Finals through the general Hult Prize application window, which is open through December 2019.
Are the rules for Hult Prize On Campus the same as Hult Prize?
Team sizes, rules and regulations of Hult Prize On Campus will in general conform to the overall Hult Prize competition, while specific modifications per circumstance will be allowed
Are all Hult Prize On Campus events considered official events?
A minimum of 10 competing teams must register and compete, for the Hult Prize On Campus event at your university to be considered official. Exceptions may be made but must be pre-approved. A full listing of participating Hult Prize On Campus host universities will be published on December 2019.
What does a Hult Prize On Campus Program consist of?
An event consists of three main criteria:
1. Teams pitch their start-up solution to the challenges outlined in the case document
2. Judges watch and score each of the pitches and engage in Q&A
3. Selection of a winner based on the criteria provided.
Does the Hult Prize On Campus organizing team receive support?
Tool-kits will be provided to Campus Directors and include a turn-key website, digital marketing materials, suggested operating manuals, judge and student recruiting aides along with the case study and scoring matrix.
What benefits does a Hult Prize Campus Director receive?
All Campus Directors will qualify for over 25 incentives, amongst which include meeting Hult Prize Global Final judges and Prof. Mohammad Yunus along with a trip to our Global Finals.
How are Hult Prize On Campus events ranked?
Hult Prize On Campus events will be ranked on four criteria including: number of teams that participate, types and number of judges recruited, media articles around your event and an X factor activity.