Hult Prize Foundation Announces Class of 2020 Finalists

150 Entrepreneurs from 60 Nations to Attend USD1M Social Impact Accelerator

London, United Kingdom, June 2020. 

The Hult Prize Foundation announced today its class of 2020 Hult Prize Finalists.  150 entrepreneurs representing 60 countries across 5 continents have qualified for the final stage of the flagship one-million-dollar Hult Prize Challenge.  The 11th cohort was down-selected from a pool of more than 300,000 college and university student participants from over 121 countries who participated in this year’s Hult program in partnership with the United Nations. 

Each of the finalists began their journey to impact this past Fall after responding to the 2020 Hult Prize Challenge which was issued by President Bill Clinton in partnership with Earth Day at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to kickoff UNGA. After nearly a year of ideating, prototyping, testing, and pitching, these startup entrepreneurs will now advance to the largest startup accelerator program in the world where the top company will take home one million dollars in seed capital. 

The Hult Prize Accelerator is hosted in a castle on a 500-acre estate on the outskirts of London, UK. The former residence of Queen Victoria, The Ashridge Estate will serve as the home to all of the entrepreneurs who will be joined by 50 full-time Hult staff, 150 experts, mentors, and coaches who will support and guide the entrepreneurs through a bespoke live, play, work commercialized innovation program – custom designed for accelerated and profitable social impact. Hult Prize CEO and Founder, Ahmad Ashkar, went on to say, “this is amongst the most important class in our history, due to the nature of the challenge being solved. ‘Bold Business for a Better Planet’, is the only real way to stop the impediment of climate change. We are eager to launch all of these disruptive startups into the market as we work together with the greater climate community to have a long-lasting impact on the environment.” 

Operating in its 11th year, the Hult Prize Foundation has launched some of today’s most disruptive companies in the impact sector including Aspire Food Group – the global leader in edible insects. The organization has inspired, trained and mobilized millions of college and university students worldwide, offering free best-in-class education, soft-skills development, and learning programs directly to students through it’s On-Campus network of more than 1500 college campuses around the world. 

To learn more about these entrepreneurs and their startup ideas, follow them on their journey by visiting hultprize.org or contacting nabilah.tarin@hultprize.org.

About the Hult Prize Foundation

The Hult Prize transforms how young people envision their own possibilities as leaders of change in the world around them. The Hult Prize has brought impact-focused programs and events to over a million students globally, creating a pathway for youth everywhere to take action to build a better world.

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