San Francisco, California (January 28, 2013) — The Hult Prize recently announced that Presidio Graduate School has advanced two teams to the regional finals in Boston and San Francisco of the 4th Annual Hult Prize. The Hult Prize is the world’s largest student competition and crowdsourcing platform for social good, recently named one of the top five ideas changing the world by President Bill Clinton and TIME Magazine. In partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative, the innovative crowdsourcing platform identifies and launches disruptive and catalytic social ventures that aim to solve the planet’s most pressing challenges. Student teams compete in five cities around the world for a chance to secure USD 1 million in start-up funding to launch a sustainable social venture.
The 2013 Hult Prize is themed around global food security and will focus on how to get safe, sufficient, affordable and easily accessible food to the 200 million people who live in urban slums – a challenge personally selected by President Clinton.
“We are so excited and grateful for the opportunity to compete to provide a business-based solution to the quest for food security and change the current paradigms for dealing with hunger. We hope our social enterprise will turn food insecurity into an opportunity for prosperity instead of a crippling limitation” -Morgan Matthews, Member of Presidio’s Boston Team
“The Hult Prize is thrilled that Presidio Graduate School has joined the initiative,” said Dr. Stephen Hodges, President of the Hult International Business School. “This year’s competition has received a record number of entries, bringing together some of the most talented students to help solve global food security which can benefit nearly a billion people.”
Ahmad Ashkar, CEO and Founder of the Hult Prize attributes the success of the competition to the global youth revolution and said, “We continue to be moved by the large number of students from around the world who are capitalizing on the opportunity to develop business models that target the bottom of the pyramid.” “We wish every team the best of luck and thank Presidio Graduate School for supporting this initiative.”
Each team selected was chosen from more than 10,000 applications received, totaling over 350 colleges and universities, representing over 150 countries. The Hult Prize regional competitions will take place on March 1 and 2, 2013 on Hult International Business School’s five campuses in Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai and Shanghai. Presidio Graduate School has two teams that will be competing, one in team in Boston and the returning regional champions from last year will be competing again in San Francisco.
Following the regional finals, one winning team from each host city will move into a summer business incubator, where participants will receive mentorship, advisory and strategic planning as they create prototypes and set-up to launch their new social business. A final round of competition will be hosted by the Clinton Global Initiative at its annual meeting in September, where CGI delegates will select a winning team, who will be awarded the USD 1,000,000 Prize by none other, than President Bill Clinton. “The Hult Prize is a wonderful example of the creative cooperation needed to build a world with shared opportunity, shared responsibility, and shared prosperity, and each year I look forward to seeing the many outstanding ideas the competition produces.” – President Bill Clinton, Founder, William J. Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States.
Presidio’s Boston Regional team members include Morgan Matthews, Bret Mueller, Ayaka Emoto, Greg Kandankulam, and Danielle Ginach. (Pictured below)
Presidio’s San Francisco Regional team members include Shaun Webb, Sarah Cabell, Mara Slade, Megan McDonald and David Stripling.
About the Hult Prize
Founded in 2009 by Hult International Business School Alumnus Ahmad Ashkar, and responding to a challenge made by President Bill Clinton in 2010, the Hult Prize is committed to launching a new wave of social entrepreneurs through identifying and launching disruptive social ventures that are poised to change the world. Its annual challenge is the world’s largest student competition and one of the world’s leading crowdsourcing platforms for social good. The Hult Prize was recently named one of the top five ideas changing the world by President Bill Clinton and TIME Magazine. Each year, more than ten thousand college and university students from around the world apply to pitch their ideas at one of six regional events that take place in Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai, Shanghai and online. Up for grabs is USD1,000,000 in start-up funding and an opportunity to spend the summer in the Hult Accelerator - a world class center for innovation. The Hult Prize Global Finals is held inside of the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting.
The Hult Prize is funded by Swedish Entrepreneur and Founder of EF Education First, Bertil Hult and sponsored by the Hult International Business School and run in partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative.
About the Clinton Global Initiative
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date CGI members have made more than 2,100 commitments, which are already improving the lives of nearly 400 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $69.2 billion.
CGI’s Annual Meeting is held each September in New York City. CGI also convenes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States, and CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world.
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About Presidio Graduate School
Presidio Graduate School educates and inspires a new generation of skilled, visionary and enterprising leaders to transform business and public policy and create a more just, prosperous and sustainable world. Through innovative professional degree offerings (MBA/MPA), executive certificate and research programs, Presidio activates students and professionals across a range of disciplines, industries and sectors to bridge the gap between commerce and the common good.
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