Leading a Generation to Change the World!

With a $1,000,000 global startup prize as its anchor activity, the Hult Prize has brought impact focused programs and training to over a million students globally, creating a pathway for youth everywhere to build a better world.​

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2022 Call to Action: Getting the World Back to Work

The 2022 Hult Prize Call to Action is about creating meaningful work opportunities. We want YOU to build a business that will employ at least 2,000 people by 2024 while creating a positive impact on the world.

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2022 Challenge

Sign up for the 2022 Hult Prize Competition!


OnCampus Program

Work with a team of 3 or 4 students to create a business that responds to this year’s Call to Action, then pitch it to a panel of judges who will choose the winners from your campus.  The OnCampus Program is led by a Campus Director, who is a student at your university. Campus Directors and their Organizing Committees are there to support you and your team as you create your business and prepare to pitch it at your OnCampus Program. 

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Regional Summits

If you win your OnCampus Program or are selected through the General Application, you will be invited to a Regional Summit. Here, you and your team will compete against other students from your region and pitch your business to a panel of regional judges.   With over a dozen virtual Regional Summits, you will meet a diverse group of student entrepreneurs and mentors and receive resources that will help improve your team’s business.  

Impact Summits

Global Accelerator

If you win your Regional Summit, you will be invited to our Global Accelerator. With access to business experts, Hult Prize staff, and fellow entrepreneurs, your time at the Global Accelerator will give you the tools to continue turning your business idea into a reality and the confidence and network to be a life-long social entrepreneur. At the end of the accelerator, you will pitch to a panel of judges who will decide which teams will present their business at the Global Finals. 


Global Finals

Getting to the Global Finals means you and your team have risen above thousands of other students and have dedicated almost a year of your life to this journey. You will pitch your business to a panel of extraordinary judges for the chance to receive funding from the Hult Prize Foundation to start your business and set you on the road to success.


2021 Hult Prize Winners

Last year, the Hult Prize challenged students to rethink our broken food systems by transforming food into a vehicle for change. Each of the seven teams below were selected as 2021 Hult Prize Winners.



Making the best tasting, most functional, and "coolest" alternative dairy in the world.
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Green Gold

Green Gold

Utilizing food waste to bring you eco-friendly and cheap paper products without cutting down a single tree.
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A mushroom cultivation network for the bio-economic empowerment of women in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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Propel Modern Foods

Repurposing invasive species and plants to create modern foods for the modern diet.
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Combatting food waste by collecting, processing, and selling mango products in Paraguay.
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Using technology to connect farmers to customers and implement sustainable farming practices.
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Turning wasted cassava into a high-quality, biodegradable alternative to single-use plastics.
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2020 Hult Prize Winners

In 2020, the Hult Prize challenged students to build businesses that improve the environment with every sale completed, dollar earned, and decision made. Each of the eleven teams below were selected as 2020 Hult Prize Winners.



Connecting travelers with available luggage space to people who want to send packages affordably.
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Accelerating the world towards sustainable cooling and heating with innovative products.
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An AI powered marketplace and information platform assisting smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe.
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Combining easy shopping with a positive impact on the world, one thrifted item at a time.
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Producing a new generation of comfortable, affordable, and eco-friendly diapers and sanitary pads.
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Go Taza

Turning unused office spaces into efficient and modular indoor farms to produce nutritious microgreens.
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Providing farmers with eco-friendly, effective liquid fertilizers and agricultural consulting services.
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Infinity Box

Replacing single-use plastics with reusable containers in the food delivery industry.
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Making buying and selling second-hand furniture easy.
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Improving bee pollination systems in order to improve farmer's yields and combat food insecurity.
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Utilizing nano-technology to turn any exterior surface into a smog-eating tool to combat air pollution.
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Previous Winners

Meet the teams who have won the Hult Prize over the past decade.


2019: Rutopia

Regenerating nature and culture through socially inclusive and economically-just tourism.
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Rice Inc

2018: Rice Inc.

A social impact rice brand combating world hunger and alleviating poverty. Now known as paddi!
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Roshni Rides

2017: Roshni Rides

Carpooling platform providing services tailor-made for women and children.

2016: BuuPass

Kenya’s largest online bus, train and flight ticketing platform.
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2015: IMPCT

Sourcing coffee from vulnerable communities and re-investing their profits into those same communities.
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Nano Health

2014: Nano Health

Building solutions to efficiently diagnose non-communicable diseases at scale.
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2013: Aspire Food Group

Pioneering sustainable insect agriculture practices to address food insecurity and climate change.
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2012: SolarAid [SunnyMoney]

Eliminating the use of kerosene lamps by distributing solar lights to communities in Africa.
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2011: m.Paani

Partnering with Water.org to crowdfund clean water projects.

2010: One Laptop Per Child

Providing educational opportunities to the world's poorest children with an affordable laptop.
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The Hult Prize Team

The Hult Prize team is just as global as the program itself. Having staff where we operate allows us to understand the needs and hopes of our students, entrepreneurs, and other stakeholders and constantly improve our programs. Meet some of our team members below!


Lori van Dam - COO

Lori joined Hult Prize in 2021. She has held executive positions in a variety of for-profit and non-profit companies, including serving as executive director of The One Fund Boston, which was created to provide support for the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing victims. Lori also spent 20 years with EF Education First, the global education company founded by the Hult Prize’s namesake and benefactor.


Our Global Staff

Meet our staff that is leading a generation to change the world overseas.


Carla Osnaya - Director of Human Resources

Based in Portugal, Carla prides herself on finishing at least 100 books every year (she's currently on #5).

Cooper Adams - Special Projects Manager

Based in Boston, Cooper is a decent home cook and is always on the lookout for new recipes to try.

Cliff Nyakundi - Regional Manager, Africa

Based in Nairobi, Cliff is an avid singer whose go-to karaoke song is "I Smile" by Kirk Franklin.

Hamdi Ben Elmi - Senior Director of Programs

Based in Tunis, Hamdi is a travel and adrenaline enthusiast constantly searching for new adventures.

Nadia Alia - External Relations Manager

Based in Portugal, Nadia takes the prize for most languages spoken on the team with six!

Supriya Jangre - Regional Manager, Central & South Asia

Based in India, Supriya is a chess aficionado, having represented Mumbai in national competitions.

Recent Changes at the Hult Prize Foundation

Please click here to read our statement about the investigation into misconduct at the Hult Prize Foundation.