Event to be Broadcast Live as World’s Largest Accelerator for Social Enterprise Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary and Announces Global Finalists and Selection Committee
September 10, 2019, New York, New York. The Hult Prize Foundation has announced the top six startups who will present their impact startups at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on September 14th for US$1,000,000. Representing five continents, the 2019 finalists have emerged from a pool of over 250,000 participants who have been competing for this year’s annual prize over the past year.
In partnership with the United Nations Office of Partnerships, students from 121 countries competed this year in the 10th Annual Hult Prize which is the world’s largest program for the creation and advancement of student entrepreneurs who are focused on impact. Currently celebrating a decade of impact, Hult Prize has engaged a global community of more than 2.1 million college and university students since it’s inception with more than 1500 on-campus programs and a global workforce of more than 30,000 students.
The six finalists advanced to the final round at United Nations Headquarters after winning the semi-final stage of the year long program where they lived, worked, learned and played in the former residence of Henry the VIII — a castle sprawling over 190 acres just north of London. For 5-weeks over the summer, 200 student entrepreneur finalists, representing 60 nationalities called the castle home, while they were incubated at the Hult Prize Accelerator — a world-class immersion based entrepreneur training program consisting of classes, workshops, mentoring, rapid-prototyping and pitching.
The top six were selected on August 30th and will now have the chance to pitch in-front of a star-studded panel of judges ranging from ex-Presidents, coveted CEOs and Impact Investment Leaders, for the chance to take home the flagship Hult Prize and the one million dollars which comes with it. President Bill Clinton will again present the award, as he has done for the past decade, going on to say, “the ideas generated here will inspire a generation of change.”
The 2019 judges panel will be moderated by Hult Prize Chief Operating Officer and Accelerator Lead, Mr. Karim Samra and include: Kathleen Rogers, Earth Day Network President; Mr. Bashar Masri, Founder of Massar International, Mr. Vinicius Pinheiro, Secretary Director to the United Nations International Labour Organization; Erika Karp, Founder and CEO of Cornerstone Capital Inc; Mohammed Ashour, Founder and CEO of Aspire Food Group; Gia Farooqi, Co-Founder and CEO of Roshni Rides; Lise Kingo, CEO and Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact and Vicente Fox Quesada, 55th President of Mexico.
The final six startups represent 14 countries and will present impact focused startups which seek to solve youth unemployment around the world with the specific goal of providing meaningful jobs to 10,000 youths around the world over the next decade.
Follow their journey as they transform the world of youth unemployment and inspire a new generation of changemakers by tuning-in to the live broadcast at hult.org on September 14, 2019 at 2:30pm EST.
Phonic – North America A youth powered and AI driven market research and data company.
ProTeen – Europe Fueling a new era of animal feed across Africa.
Rutopia – Latin America Creating jobs through local travel and tourism reimagined.
Safewheel – Asia Transportation in healthcare redefined by youth for the people.
TollabCo – Middle East Opening doors through the creation of Palestine and the wider Middle East’s first internship company.
Tunart – Central America Restoring local tuna fishing by training and deploying youth fisherman.
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About the Hult Prize Foundation
Founded by serial social entrepreneur Ahmad Ashkar in 2009, The Hult Prize Foundation transforms how young people envision their own possibilities as leaders of change in the world around them. With a US$1,000,000 global startup prize as its anchor activity, 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.